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What causes sensitive skin?

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Your skin may be sensitive and react because of:

Your age, gender, race, and genes may also play a role in how sensitive your skin is.

  • Skin disorders, such as eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis
  • Overly dry or injured skin that can no longer protect nerve endings
  • Being in a skin-damaging environment, such as sun and wind or extreme heat or cold

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Sensitive skin;" "Stress and skin;" and "Men's skin care."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Skin Rashes and Other Changes."

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Sensitive skin;" "Stress and skin;" and "Men's skin care."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Skin Rashes and Other Changes."

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 01, 2018

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