Depending on your skin type, you may experience a variety of reactions or conditions depending on internal and external factors. Skin type can be broken down into five major categories: normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive. Sensitive skin is different from the other types because your skin type could be any of the other four (normal, dry, oily, or combination) and also be sensitive.
Unfortunately, skin sensitivity can affect us all. How do you know if you're one of them? For starters, sensitive skin is easily irritated and inflamed. It may be red, puffy, itchy or tingling. It may be tight or dry, have a crawling sensation, or even feel hot. In essence, sensitive skin feels the opposite of calm.
What causes sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin is not choosy - it affects people of either gender and of any race or age. Medically diagnosed sensitive skin is genetic. It can also be a chronic condition, meaning it's ever-present. Sensitivity of this type runs deep within the skin cells and can be difficult to treat.
Sensitive skin caused by environmental issues, however, is more common and easier to treat. It's important to identify which environmental factors irritate your skin and try to avoid them. Sunlight, chemicals, topical agents, alcohol consumption and food allergies can all contribute to skin sensitivity.
Common traits of sensitive skin
Sensitive skin shows its true colors in many ways, but two of the most common signs are redness and dryness. Let's look at what each of these symptoms might be telling you:
Redness - If your skin is irritated to the point that it's turned red, you can take that as a cry for help. Unless you have rosacea, psoriasis or eczema (chronic skin conditions that are medically diagnosed), there are a few steps you can take to try and lessen the redness.
Proper care can help manage a host of conditions arising from sensitive skin. Avoiding triggers that cause irritation and making small adjustments to your skin care regimen can definitely help.
Love your skin. Treat it well. Choose your products wisely, and soon you'll be enjoying healthy, calm skin you can be proud of.