What Is Skin Sensitivity?

Written By Rafael Marquez - January 31 2018

Many people describe their skin as “sensitive.” It’s kind of a blanket term for people that have skin that irritates easily. Granted this isn’t a technical skincare term that dermatologist use when talking about how your skin reacts to products and manipulation. This term has become something that skincare companies use when talking about a skin type that gets red, irritated, itchy, or has frequent acne breakouts or bumps in response to using certain products that essentially don’t work for their skin.

Do you feel like you have skin sensitivity issues? Here are four questions to ask yourself to tell if you have skin that needs to be treated with a delicate touch and some helpful suggestions if the answer is “yes” to any of these.

Question #1: After cleansing does your skin feel tight and uncomfortable?

This could be a sign of sensitive skin or it just might also indicate that you have dry skin. Your cleanser may be too harsh and is striping your skin of its natural oils each time you wash. Changing up your facial cleanser is a great place to start treating sensitivity issues more gently.

For sensitive or dry skin, you may want to use a cleanser with soothing ingredients. Our ASDM Beverly Hills Moisturizing Facial Cleanser is whipped and creamy to pamper your skin while you cleanse. With ingredients like silk powder and extracts in the form of honey and grapeseed, these calming skin-soothing ingredients will leave your face feeling less stressed each time you wash.

Question #2: Does just touching your skin make it bright red?

Sometimes just the simple act of rubbing in your regular facial moisturizer can make your skin bright red. If this happens to you each day, chances are you have some skin sensitivity issues to deal with. You can’t really avoid rubbing your face to wash it and in the application of your skincare products. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get ready in the morning, so that your redness subsides before you leave the house.

Question #3: Do you have patches of irritated or flaky skin?

This might be a sign of sensitive skin, or it’s possible you may have a skin condition like psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea. Only a doctor can diagnose this skin issues, so if you feel that might be the problem, but you’re unsure, make an appointment with a dermatologist to get to the root cause of these skin troubles.

Question #4: Do you always have a reaction to any new skincare product?

A common issue with sensitive skin. When using any new product, sometimes your sensitive skin just needs to take some time to adjust to the ingredients. Of course, if you experience intense burning, itching or redness, you may be experiencing an adverse reaction to a product which is more like an allergy than a “sensitivity.” Only true allergies to ingredients can be diagnosed by a doctor or allergist that specifically tests your skin to find out what allergens you react to.

Skin sensitivity doesn’t have to stop you from using great skincare products. At ASDM Beverly Hills we’re more than happy to answer any questions you have about what products would be right for your sensitive skin. We even have a “Chat Us” section on our website. Plus, all of our ingredient listings for each product is clearly shown in each product’s description.

Our Best Piece Of Advice

The best piece of advice for anyone with sensitive skin is to do a patch test before using a product all over your skin. A patch test works best for facial products right along the jawline by the back of your jawbone, close to your ear. Testing this area first will help you determine if you are going to have a reaction to a certain product.

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