Sensitive Skin: What Does This Really Mean?

Do you have sensitive skin? What does it really mean? The term “sensitive skin” is thrown around a lot, especially on hygiene products and cosmetics. Most people will tell you that having sensitive skin means that you are more likely to have inflammatory skin when exposed to various compounds that are normally harmless. 

If you have allergies, that definition is going to sound very familiar. Here is what you need to know about your “sensitive skin” diagnosis.

Sensitive skin is a symptom, not a diagnosis.

If you have sensitive skin, it is usually a symptom of at least mild allergies. It can also be a symptom of certain inflammatory diseases such as fibromyalgia. If you have had sensitive skin your entire life, it probably has more to do with allergens than a new condition, but you should allow your doctor to explore all of the options.

Sensitive skin “breakouts” are actually allergies.

When your skin breaks out at the moment of contact with a chemical or natural substance, it usually means that you are allergic to that product or material. The breakouts can be mild or severe, but you’re likely to break out often. If you have new breakouts, it is usually due to a change in household or hygiene products. Go back to your previous products and see if the situation resolves itself.

Skin patch testing is available to determine potential allergic reactions; but if you tend to breakout frequently, you probably will not want to go through the comprehensive testing that tells you exactly what you are allergic to.

Sensitive skin can be treated. 

You don’t have to just keep changing products or try to stay away from anything that your skin might disagree with. If you get skin patch testing to determine certain allergens, it could lead to some conjecture of other allergens you should probably stay away from. After a full medical and lifestyle inventory and allergy testing, we can determine the types of products that are more likely to be a problem so that you know what to avoid.

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