Sensitive Skin


Sensitive Skin: What it is and How to Care for It

Sensitive skin can result from a range of causes—from genetics to environmental triggers. It often leads to reddening, itchiness, tingling, and general discomfort.

When the skin barrier is damaged, the skin becomes vulnerable to environmental stressors. Sunburns, allergies, dust, air pollution, detergents and fragrances can all be potential triggers, resulting in a distressed complexion.

The hard truth is, all skin types — sensitive or not — require a special attention in order to stay healthy and remain at its best.

Understanding Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can be genetic, or can be caused by illness, hormones, or medications. It can also be bring on by stress, alcohol, smoking, and over-exposure to the sun. If you’re prone to sensitive skin, you should look out for the following signs:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Dryness
  • Flaking
  • Tightness

It is important to identify the underlying cause for sensitivity and be aware of any potential triggers.

How to Care for Sensitive Skin

When it comes to skincare, less is often more. You should look for products that are free of irritating ingredients, such as fragrances, alcohol, parabens, and sulfates.

In addition, be sure to always use gentle, protective products on your skin. Look for products with lukewarm or cool water, and avoid harsh soaps or products which can dry and irritate your skin. Finally, moisturize regularly with a cream or lotion formulated for sensitive skin.

Maintaining a good skin barrier is key. Protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher every day, even when indoors. And, don't forget to properly cleanse your skin both morning and night and remove makeup thoroughly to help keep the skin barrier intact.


Being mindful of your skin and understanding it is the first important step to take when it comes to caring for sensitive skin. Understanding the triggers and sources of irritation that can damage your skin barrier, and learning the ways to prevent it, is key.

Sticking to a routine of gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens can also help prevent flareups and keep your skin healthy and balanced.