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All skin can be sensitive skin

Did you know, there’s actually no such thing as a “sensitive” skin type – all skin can be sensitive? Our skin has millions of receptors that react to changes within our bodies and the world around us, and let us know when things are going good, and when they’re not. Not-so-fun fact: it’s also these nerve endings that can make sensitivity so painful and irritating. So, what triggers sensitivity, what are the signs to look out for, and what can we do about it?

Our skin's barrier protects us from sensitive skin

Our skin has a natural barrier (called the Stratum Corneum, if you want to be sciencey), which helps keep external irritants out, and goodness, like moisture, in. Problem is, every day your skin is exposed to things that can dry and weaken it. While it’s pretty good at handling small and temporary changes, more significant (or more regular) shifts can disrupt the barrier. Hello sensitive skin.

What are the signs of sensitive skin?

Redness, dry skin, or breakouts? How about itchy, tingling, tight, or irritated skin? If any of these sound familiar, chances are (like most of us!) you’ve experienced sensitive skin. Thing is, sensitivity can mean different things for different people. For some, sensitivity changes from one day to the next, reacting to just about anything. Others could find they have dry and dehydrated skin 24/7. And while skin sensitivity can affect us all in lots of different ways, the things causing it tend to remain the same.

What causes sensitivity?

Everything from the cold weather, sun, harsh ingredients, pollution, diet, pregnancy, and even not removing our make-up properly can cause skin to feel extra sensitive. No bother. Once you know more about the causes and signs to watch out for you’ll be all set to fend off skin sensitivity.

Once you’ve got up close and personal with the causes of sensitive skin, head over to our 7 Steps to Soothing Sensitive Skin to help soothe your sensitive skin happy.