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How do I know if I have sensitive skin?Updated a year ago

Having sensitive skin and having an allergy is different. Read more about the differences here.

First, we'll define sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin refers to skin types that are prone to inflammation or adverse reactions. It can also be defined as:

A syndrome defined by the occurrence of unpleasant sensations (stinging, burning, pain, pruritus, and tingling sensations) in response to stimuli that normally should not provoke such sensations.

Misery, L., Ständer, S., Szepietowski, J., Reich, A., Wallengren, J., Evers, A., . . . Weisshaar, E. (2017).

What are symptoms of having sensitive skin?

Including but not limited to:

  1. Redness
  2. Itchiness
  3. Dryness
  4. Tightness
  5. Tingly sensations

What causes sensitive skin?

Many different factors can cause a reaction on your skin including food, weather, dust, and many more.

For example, individuals with eczema are sensitive to certain products (like soap and dander) – which then causes a rash to flare up.

In the case of jewellery, it is usually due to impurities found in the metal. We recommend to use clean hands when changing your earrings or necklaces so as not to transfer any dirt or grime from your fingers to your skin.

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