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I'm 55 years old, and I noticed that my skin is becoming more sensitive to skin care products. Can skin become sensitive when it wasn't before?

Answer by:
Susan Evans, MD

Dermatologist, WebMD Medical Expert
Skin Deformities and Research Foundation

Certain products may contain preservatives or fragrances that can cause hypersensitivity or an allergic reaction on your skin. Also, if you are using products that contain tretinoin, AHA, or salicylic acids your skin may become more sensitive when exposed to direct sunlight. Therefore, it is important to incorporate a sunblock within your skin care regimen.