Sensitive Skin

Generally easily irritated or reactive skin is called 'sensitive skin'. Most of the time sensitive skin relates to the face. Sensitive skin can be caused by a genetic predisposition or environmental factors. It appears as a redness, a swelling, itchy and dry irritation to the face. One of the major jobs of the skin is to be waterproof. This is done to the epidermis or surface layer of the skin, producing a fat-protein sandwich that is always being replaced and is vital to prevent too much water loss from the skin. 

The symptoms of sensitive skin include: 

·         A tingling or tightening of the skin without visible signs

·         "Overreaction" to skin care or cosmetic products 

·         Reactions to shaving, or other physical stress to the skin 



Sensitive skin can also be a heads-up for other conditions, such as:

·         Altered skin -- due to shaving, waxing, medications or heat, cold, wind, and pollution. Also, laser or chemical peels or scar removal 

·         Allergic skin - the sudden appearance of redness or swelling and itchiness 

·         Atopic skin - dry skin that is itchy and produces eczema. Eczema is related to hay fever and asthma. 

·         Rosacea skin -- blood vessels of the face enlarge resulting in a flushed sensation or a redness of the skin