About 1 in 2 women and men complain of having sensitive skin.1
Sensitive skin is a syndrome defined by the presence of unpleasant sensations such as burning or pain. It happens in response to triggers or stimuli that normally should not cause such sensations.1-4
What causes sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin results from the damage of the skin’s natural protective barrier. This damage allows external irritants to penetrate the skin easily.5,6 Potential sensitive skin triggers include:
Usage of skin products:
Health and beauty products (such as soap, facial cleansers, cosmetics, sunscreen, and perfume) are commonly linked with self-reports of sensitive skin as some people experience adverse reactions to these products.1,5
Skin disorders such as eczema, atopic dermatitis, rosacea, and contact urticaria have been associated with increased skin sensitivity.1-3,5,6
Sun exposure (ultraviolet irradiation), air pollution, air conditioning, heat, cold, and wind may have a role in the appearance of sensitive skin.1,5,6
Sensitive skin can also be caused by psychological factors (such as stress) and hormonal factors (such as menstrual cycle).6
What are the symptoms of sensitive skin?
The symptoms of sensitive skin range from visible signs of irritation (redness, dryness, peeling, and scaling) to more subjective symptoms (stinging, burning, itching, and tightness).1-6
Are you at risk?
Some people are more prone to developing skin sensitivity as compared to others.1,4
For example, women complain of having sensitive skin more often than men. This may be due to women having thinner skin layers.1,4
Ethnicity is known to be a risk factor in one’s susceptibility to skin irritants.
For example, Asians and Blacks are more susceptible to irritants as opposed to Causasians.1,4
The skin of younger adults has also been found to be more sensitive as compared to the elderly.4
In addition, people with fairer skin are more likely to report having sensitive skin in comparison to people with darker skin.1
What can you do about sensitive skin?
If you have skin sensitivity, you should take note of which cosmetic or skincare products that may have caused the irritation and stop using them.4,5 You can try using products with moisturising and calming ingredients to help soothe your facial sting and discomfort.6
It is advisable to use of soap-free cleansers or mild skin cleansers.
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Non-irritating moisturisers and emollients can also be used to treat acne and restrict further irritation to the sensitive skin.2,6
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Improving sun protection is another step to prevent skin irritation and protect the skin against the negative effects of ultraviolet A and B.2,7
Wearing sunscreen with high sun protection factor (SPF) and protection grade of ultraviolet A (PA) values helps reduce the harmful effects of sun exposure.7
In addition, switching to irritation-free cosmetics with moisturising properties is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin.6
Do not suffer in silence. Please seek professional dermatological advice if the above solutions do not provide sufficient relief.6
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- Farage MA. The prevalence of sensitive skin. Front Med (Lausanne). 2019;6:98.
- DermNet NZ. Sensitive skin. Available at https://dermnetnz.org/topics/sensitive-skin/. Accessed on 6 February 2020.
- Willis CM, Shaw S, De Lacharrière O, et al. Sensitive skin: an epidemiological study. Br J Dermatol. 2001;145(2):258-63.
- Inamadar AC, Palit A. Sensitive skin: an overview. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2013;79(1):9-16.
- Lev-Tov H, Maibach HI. The sensitive skin syndrome. Indian J Dermatol. 2012;57(6):419-23.
- Misery L, Loser K, Ständer S. Sensitive skin. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2016;30 Suppl 1:2-8.
- Ngoc LTN, Tran VV, Moon JY, Chae M, Park D, Lee YC. Recent trends of sunscreen cosmetic: an update review. Cosmetics 2019:6:64.