What Does Sensitive Skin Look Like?

You often see products labelled as being suitable for sensitive skin, but it can be tricky to even know if you’ve actually got this skin type or not, so the best way to find out is to be really mindful about the products you use and their ingredients so you can monitor how your skin reacts… and to what.

Try not to just assume you have sensitive skin, as it can be a bit of a grey area, but there are some common telltale signs that can help you work it out if you’re unsure and want to avoid buying anything that could cause an irritation.

#1 Reactive skin

If you’ve started noticing that your skin is reacting to all sorts of different triggers, whether that’s cold or wind exposure or the likes of soap, fragrances, perfumes, detergents and skincare products, it’s possible that you have sensitive skin.

#2 Breakouts

Acne is a common symptom that manifests itself in those with sensitive skin, so check the quality of your skin for whiteheads, blackheads, pustules and red bumps. It’s possible that your breakouts may even be worse if you try to use specific acne face washes and other such products.

#3 Redness

Another telltale sign of sensitive skin is redness, whether that’s flushing and blushing, or a red rash. This redness typically goes away or is reduced by avoiding the irritant.

#4 Stinging sensation when applying products

Do you find that it stings or is uncomfortable when you’re applying skincare or beauty products? Sticking to gentle ingredients that have been specifically formulated for sensitive skin can help tackle this.

#5 Itchy skin

Something else to look out for is itchy tight-feeling skin that often feels worse after washing in hot water. Try to lower the temperature a little and see if that makes a difference.

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