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What Exactly Is 'Sensitive' Skin?
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9 Dec 2019 01:17 AM EST

Sensitive skin is a common skin type, but what exactly does 'sensitive' mean? According to Allure, dermatologists say sensitive skin is more reactive to irritants than normal skin. Sensitive skin is caused by nerve endings in the top layer of skin becoming irritated. The irritation of nerve endings occurs when the skin's natural barrier is weakened or broken down by triggers. Dr. Amy B. Lewis, MD Board Certified Dermatologist It is easily irritated by the weather, or by topical products. Other potential triggers can include hormones, lack of sleep, and even air pollution. When exposed to one of these triggering elements, sensitive skin may burn or sting, turn red, or otherwise feel very uncomfortable. Another potential trigger is skin-care products. Heightened skin sensitivity can also signal an underlying skin condition, such as eczema or rosacea, or an allergy. If you suspect that you have sensitive skin of any degree, see a dermatologist who can rule out any underlying conditions.

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