Approximately half of us believe we have sensitive skin, but the truth is, the actual percentage is elusive as there's no defined condition called 'sensitive skin.' Here's the good news: for most, sensitive skin is genetic, with symptoms manageable but not curable. Sensitized skin, on the other hand, is treatable. Minor adjustments to behavior, environment, or diet can alleviate symptoms or reduce their intensity. The key question: do you have sensitive or sensitized skin?
Sensitive Skin: The Real Deal Sensitive skin is inherent, passed down through generations. While symptoms can be treated, a cure remains elusive. If you resonate with the following, you may have sensitive skin:
Living with Sensitive Skin: What You Need to Know If you have sensitive skin, understand that your thinner epidermis makes your skin less effective as a barrier, leading to various symptoms. Remember, for you, less is more: less exfoliation, sun exposure, heat/steam, and fewer products. Avoid synthetic fragrances, dyes, sulfates, alcohols, and strong acids. Opt for a diet with fewer triggers and test new products cautiously on the skin behind your ear and wrist.
Not Sensitive? Congrats, You Likely Have Sensitized Skin If you're saying "No" to most markers but still face redness, dehydration, tightness, acne, or a rash of small bumps, you likely have sensitized skin. Causes can range from controllable factors in your beauty routine to external influences.
Understanding your skin type empowers you to make informed choices for a healthier, radiant complexion.
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