Sensitive or Sensitized?
Quick disclaimer: I'm not a skin expert, just an enthusiast who enjoys a bit of researching/facts & sharing what I find.
Do you experience any of the following: tight, red, stinging, itchy, reactive, flushing, blushing, and/or hot skin?
If so, is it an issue of sensitive skin or sensitized skin? The difference, in short, sensitive skin is inherited and sensitized skin is acquired.
A truly sensitive skin is a case of genetic predisposition found in those who have fair skin and present other allergic diseases. They may also be susceptible to inflammatory skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
However, sensitized skin is a response to an external or introduced factor (or combination of these factors). It is not driven by genetics and can affect any person regardless of skin color or gender. Generally, it is triggered by lifestyle choices (too much stress, diet, alcohol smoking) or exposure to environmental chemicals (pollution, cosmetic and skin care ingredients, over-exfoliation, climate change).
Signs of sensitized skin:
️ Tightness after washing, and stinging on product application.
️ “Hot spots”, especially on the décolleté, neck and cheeks.
️ Blushing, itching, and burning sensations.
️ Small, rash-like bumps or breakouts.
️ Redness on cheeks, décolleté and/or neck.
️ Dehydration on the cheek and forehead area.
️ Excessive dryness, uneven texture, and rough patches.
️ Broken capillaries across cheeks and nose.
️ Thinned texture, translucent appearance.
I will have some suggestions for treating sensitized skin in a follow-up post! - 13 days ago