Often times, clients say they have sensitive skin especially if they have experienced some sort of skin irritation — redness, burning, itching and/or peeling at some point in their lives. Research actually shows that far fewer people actually have this skin type.
What some people experience is a similar skin condition called sensitized skin. This is when there is a skin reaction triggered by lifestyle, skincare products, pollution, etc. It can affect anyone regardless of skin type and age.
A true sensitive skin is caused by a genetic predisposition; meaning, you’re born with it. People with sensitive skin have less efficient epidermal lipid barrier (the skin’s protective outer layer). This means that this layer can’t effectively block irritants and allergens, making the skin highly prone to reactions such as redness and allergies.
Skin diseases such as Eczema, Psoriasis are good examples of skin sensitivity from genetics. Below is a table summary of differences between sensitive skin and sensitized skin to help you know which skin condition you have.
|Sensitive Skin||Sensitized Skin|
|caused by a genetic predisposition||acquired, triggered by both external and internal factors.|
|usually starts from birth||can affect anyone at any time, regardless of skin type and age|
|highly prone to reactions, things we can’t control||caused by things we can mostly control – lifestyle, chemicals, smoking, medical procedures, etc|
While sensitive skin and sensitized skin may be similar in presentation, the best way to determine which type you have is to look at your skin’s history, genetic factors and whether or not your lifestyle and environment may have contributed to your skin’s current condition.
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