Sensitive Skin vs Sensitized Skin
According to a medical study between 60-70% of women classified their skin type as sensitive.
As we all know more often women's skincare routine traditionally tends to be more complex and advanced. The growing market of skincare has given us access to strong acids, retinols and serums. A lot of us instead of talking to Skin Experts about what is the best for our skin, have become our own skin therapist. The only problem is… Well, sometimes we don't really know what we're doing.
Incorrect skin care quite often can developed a skin condition – sensitized skin. Sensitized skin compared to sensitive skin has a lot in common, but the origin is different. It's up to us to identify the root causes so we can treat and transform skin back to optimal health. People with sensitive skin, may actually be sensitised skin, and that we could be playing a bigger role in the reactivity of our skin than we realise. An irritating skin condition that arises as a result of external factors.
Knowing the difference between sensitive and sensitized skin is an important first step in understanding how to keep your skin healthy and beautiful.
What is Sensitive Skin?
Sensitive skin is deeply rooted in genetics and is often connected to non-related skin sensitivities like allergies, asthma, and blushing. Those with sensitive skin have usually experienced these symptoms all of their life. These issues can even be related to hormones, such as a stress rash on the face. Sensitive skin types also tend to have less pigment in their skin. This lack of pigment means that sensitive skin has less of a protective barrier, making it more easily affected by environmental factors. Blood vessels are often closer to the surface and are easily stimulated by outside irritants. Unfortunately, as sensitive skin is genetic little can be done to cure it, but its symptoms can be calmed and managed with a specialised skincare regime.
What is Sensitized Skin?
Sensitised skin is usually caused by environmental or lifestyle choices. Factors such as pollution, stress, medication, hormones, diet, climate changes, skincare products and smoking can all contribute to an impaired skin barrier, allowing external aggressors to cause redness or irritation. Much like sensitive skin, sensitized skin tends to look blotchy with visible dryness and irritation. This similarity in appearance is what makes it so difficult to distinguish between the two. However, sensitized skin is not a skin type. Sensitized skin is a skin condition.
Sensitized skin can be treated and resolved while sensitive skin is something you're born with. Sensitised skin is the result of overstimulation and can be a temporary skin problem.
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