Sensitive Skin

Skin is defined as sensitive, where it routinely responds to internal factors such as hormonal fluctuations, or external stimulants like temperature changes with redness, stinging and itching.

Symptoms of sensitivity

  • Redness
  • Stinging
  • Itching
  • Tingling 
  • Burning
  • Tightness
  • Dryness
  • Flaking 
  • Swelling

Sensitive or sensitised?

Sensitivity occurs when the nerve endings in the top layer of the skin become irritated as the result of an impaired barrier function. This can be the result of a genetic predisposition – chronic skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and rosacea all exhibit symptoms of sensitivity – but it can also be ‘acquired’ as the result of exposure to environmental aggressors and lifestyle choices. 

Whilst sensitivity is largely just a term people use to describe their skin’s intolerance to certain products or environmental conditions, research does suggest that the number of people assigning their skin in this way does seem to be rising. The exact reasons for this are unclear, but evidence suggests it may be the result of the increasing range and volume of chemicals the body is exposed to, both internally through medication and diet, and externally via climate changes, pollution and topically applied products.