7 Common Signs of Sensitive Skin

There has been a buzz around sensitive skin for the past decade. Nearly 60 – 70% of women and 50 – 60% of men have reported they have sensitive skin. However, the perception of sensitive skin differs based on people’s understanding.

“There isn’t a definitive checklist that dermatologists use to define sensitive skin. The best way to establish your skin type is to pay close attention to your skin’s reaction.” – Dr. Peter Katz, board-certified dermatologist.

Here are some of the signs of sensitive skin that you may notice if you’ve sensitive skin.

Reactive Skin 

If your skin is sensitive, you’ll observe that it reacts to certain chemicals in fragrances, cosmetics, skincare products, soaps, detergents, and other household products. Besides, being out in the cold, wind, or sun can also induce flares.


Many people having sensitive skin experience at least some degrees of redness. It might be a mere rash or red bumps. But in some cases, people might notice blushing and flushing, which results in the dilation of blood vessels. These dilated blood vessels give temporary redness to your face, often on your neck or chest. Sometimes, the dilation of blood vessels persists and causes serious consequences.

Itchy and Burning Skin 

People with sensitive skin should refrain from using skincare products with strong chemicals, like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). Because it will most likely irritate or lead to a burning sensation.

If you’ve applied any such product to your face, your best bet is to rinse it off with cold water right away. Remember that washing it with hot water will make your skin suffer more.

Dry Skin 

Dry skin, sometimes, can be a result of an underlying disease, which leads to skin sensitivity. A moisturizer will protect your skin against harsh elements, like extreme cold, wind, etc.


People with sensitive skin people tend to have frequent breakouts. These breakouts give the appearance of acne with red bumps. Because it’s not the acne that oily skin people experience, you will flare it up by using an acne face wash designed for oily skin people. So, it would be best if you were picky in choosing a product, explicitly curated for sensitive skin.


Leave-on products, such as night creams, exfoliators, etc., aren’t generally suitable for sensitive skin because you’ll end up with a rash that looks like a red bump or red, flaky, dry skin. Such rash is usually uncomfortable and irritates your skin.


Sensitive skin is prone to be sun-damaged. If your skin is flaky or peeling off, it’s a dead giveaway that you’ll receive the harmful effects of the UV rays. That’s why it’s highly recommended to use a broad-spectrum sunblock before going out.

To Wrap It Up

Sensitive skin is a common skin condition, which is more likely to get irritated than the normal skin type. It can be sometimes frustrating as it gets irritated or itchy quickly and leads to other skin concerns as well. However, this skin condition is easily treatable with a proper skincare routine and balanced diet along with healthy multivitamins that may help sooth and heal sensitive skin.


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