How Can I Tell If I Have Sensitive Skin?

example of dermatology patient with sensitive skin

No two people are completely alike. Even identical twins have different fingerprints. When it comes to skincare, no two people have the same needs. While some people have extremely resilient skin that maintains a healthy appearance in almost any condition, others have very sensitive skin that reacts to even slight irritants in fabric, soaps, or just changes in the weather. Here are a few signs to look out for that may indicate you have sensitive skin.

Do You Have Frequent Reactions?

One of the most common ways sensitive skin manifests is as a reaction to consumer products like sunscreen, shampoo, and perfume. If you have a history of reactions to these types of products, it might be a sign of sensitivity. Reactions can include dry, itchy and/or peeling skin, or it may be redness or general irritation and sensitivity to touch. If you’ve made the switch to versions of consumer products formulated for delicate and sensitive skin, and it has made a difference, that’s a strong indication that you have sensitive skin.

Do You Have a History of Allergies?

People with a history of allergies are more likely to have sensitive skin. This isn’t limited to skin allergies: people with a history of asthma or even hay fever are statistically more likely to develop allergies to topical chemicals as well. If you notice the same reaction to multiple products, snap a photo of the ingredients list and meet with an allergist to see if there are any common substances in the different products. 

If you answered yes to the questions above, do not despair! Having sensitive skin simply means that you have to be a bit more careful about the products you choose. At The Dermatology Clinic, we carry a full range of skin products, including items like exfoliants and sunscreens specifically designed for people with sensitive skin. Our talented team of doctors and aestheticians can help you select the right products for your unique skin type. Love the skin you’re in with a little help from the professionals at The Dermatology Clinic. Call us today at (225) 769-7546 to schedule an appointment. 

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