Skin health management lingo often uses some standard terms for different skin-type categories — for instance slick, mix, dry, inflammation prone and touchy. You might hear about delicate skin often; perhaps you think you have it; yet its meaning remains obscure to many; is delicate skin something you were born with or can it occur at any age? What treatments might work better when caring for delicate skin? Additionally, are there different degrees or varieties of sensitive skin and what measures one with this condition should avoid taking to protect it?
To provide answers to our inquiries about delicate skin, we sought the expertise of three board-certified dermatologists – Jessie Cheung, Morgan Rabach and Amy B. Lewis are at hand to clear up any confusion on this matter.
What Is Sensitive Skin, And How Can You Tell If You Have It?
Cheung describes touchy skin as being more reactive than expected and easily bothered by elements like wind, sun, heat or cold, or products containing effective ingredients. Other possible causes may include chemicals present in the air as well as lack of sleep and air contamination – any one of these triggers could make the touchy skin feel itchy or even cause it to consume or sting and turn red in response – leaving behind an uncomfortable sensation for any individual exposed.
“Touchy skin can be caused by sensitive spots in the upper layer of skin becoming bothered,” Lewis explains. This occurs when triggers disrupt or weaken the regular boundary of skin cells, and cause trigger points to emerge on its surface.
An additional potential cause: Skin care products. People with sensitive skin tend to react more strongly to cleansers, toners, colors, and aromas in skincare products used on them; using inappropriate ones may lead to irritation, dryness or blushing if used incorrectly; therefore your skincare routine can often tell if you truly possess sensitive skin.
“If you tend to avoid trying new skin care products or experience red, flaky, irritated, or uneven skin conditions frequently then this indicates sensitive skin,” Cheung states.
Raised skin affectability can be more than simply irritating; it could also signal an underlying skin condition like dermatitis or rosacea, or hypersensitivity according to three experts. Therefore, anyone suspecting they have sensitive skin of any degree should consult with a board-certified dermatologist who will help rule out potential larger issues that could develop over time.