Do I Have Sensitive Skin?

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Sensitive skin can be frustrating because it’s often difficult to figure out what exactly you are sensitive to. Everyone wants to know how to tell if they have sensitive skin and what to do to eliminate the problems that sensitivity causes. Here are a few things to look out for if you think you have sensitive skin.

Six Signs You Have Sensitive Skin

While there is no guaranteed cure or treatment for this condition, there are several signs of it that can help you determine if you suffer from sensitive skin.

Your Skin is Prone to Breakouts

The first sign of sensitive skin is that it is prone to breakouts. Your skin may be sensitive and break out when you use certain things, or you may find that your skin breaks out no matter what you put on it. If your skin is constantly breaking out, this could be an indication that your skin is sensitive.

Your Skin Flushes Easily

Sensitive skin tends to redden or flush easily. Blushing is one of the most common signs of sensitive skin, but it’s not always easy to spot because it usually happens on your face or neck and is hidden by clothing. However, if you notice that any exposed areas of your body turn red when exposed to heat or irritation, it could be a sign that you have sensitive skin.

You Frequently Get Rashes and Bumpy Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you know that rashes and bumps are just one of the things you often deal with. Anytime your skin comes into contact with something new, there’s a chance you might get a rash or bump. Even if you have never had sensitive skin, you may develop it as you age.

Skin Irritations from Sun Exposure

Redness and irritation from sun exposure even after applying sunscreen and wearing protective clothing is yet another sign of sensitive skin. It means that your body isn’t able to handle UV rays as well as other people’s bodies can. Your sensitivity may also lead to itching or burning sensations after sunlight exposure.

Dry Patches

Dry patches are small areas of skin that are less oily than their surroundings. They’re usually roundish with clearly defined borders and vary in size from tiny dots to large splotches on certain parts of your body, like the elbows or knees. The color of dry patches ranges from white to light brown, depending on how long they’ve been on your skin.

You might notice dry patches if you have eczema or psoriasis because these conditions cause scaling on your body’s surface, itching, and other symptoms associated with sensitive skin types. Eczema usually affects only one area at a time, while psoriasis covers larger areas of your body simultaneously with silvery scales and redness. Eczema treatment is available at Hamblin Dermatology.

Your Skin and Fragrances Don’t Mix

Fragrances are one of the most common ingredients that cause allergic skin reactions. Some fragrances can be very irritating, especially when used on sensitive skin. If you suffer from skin conditions like eczema or rosacea, it is especially important to avoid any products containing fragrances.

Schedule a Consultation

You might have sensitive skin, but chances are you won’t know for sure unless you talk to your doctor or dermatologist. Schedule a consultation at Hamblin Dermatology to speak with a dermatologist and develop a customized skincare routine and prevention methods for your sensitive skin.

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