(NC)-You've probably heard the term "sensitive skin" but what is it exactly? Do you have sensitive skin? And if so, what can you do about it? Dove (www.dove.ca), Canada's # 1 dermatologist-recommended brand, shows you how.
The look and feel of sensitive skin
People with sensitive skin have skin that is easily irritated. Their skin often reacts after being exposed to a trigger such as a skin-care product containing fragrances or dyes, a disruption in the skin's natural moisture barrier, genetics, harsh irritants or environmental conditions. Yet, sometimes, sensitive skin can react for no reason at all. The signs of sensitive skin include burning, itching, tingling, breakouts, patchy redness, dryness, flakiness, soreness and/or tightness.
The causes of sensitive skin
A very common cause of sensitive skin is skin-care or beauty products containing ingredients that are allergenic or irritating, such as dyes and fragrances. Hypoallergenic products are specially formulated to minimize ingredients that can cause an allergic reaction. Other causes of sensitive skin include changing weather conditions, stress and pollution. Be mindful of your triggers and try to avoid them when possible.
How sensitive are you?
Take the 30-second sensitive skin test.
1. Have you ever developed a rash after using a beauty product on your skin?
2. Do changes in the weather ever irritate your skin?
3. Does stress in your life play a role in how your skin looks and/or feels?
4. Does your skin react negatively to products that contain fragrances, dyes and other irritants?
5. Does exfoliation cause excessive irritation to your skin?
6. Does your skin ever feel tight or sore?
7. Do you suffer from extremely dry or flaky skin?
8. Does your skin burn easily in the sun?
9. Does your skin ever itch for no apparent reason?
10. Have you ever visited a dermatologist?
If you answered yes to four or more questions, you may have sensitive skin. Talk to your dermatologist about how to choose the right products for your skin.