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What is sensitive skin?

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Many people say they have sensitive skin because skin care products, or household products that contact their skin, cause stinging, burning, redness, or tightness. Or, even though they have no visible effects, a product always makes their skin feel uncomfortable.

But the best way to know if you have sensitive skin is to see a dermatologist. Here's what they look for when diagnosing sensitive skin:

  • Skin reactions such as pustules, skin bumps, or skin erosion
  • Very dry skin which doesn't properly protect nerve endings in the skin
  • A tendency toward blushing and skin flushing

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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