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Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin

Skin sensitivity can either be natural or occur on an occasional or chronic basis, causing discomfort and tightness.

Whatever your skin type, specific factors might trigger or lead to oversensitivity: Your skin reacts strongly when you’d rather it didn’t…

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What is sensitive skin?

Naturally sensitive skin: Your skin is thin, light, often a little dry; its top layer might get scaly, it flushes easily (maybe the beginning of couperosis)
Reactional sensitive skin: Cold, sun, wind, ill-suited cleansers or moisturizers “hurt” your skin. Your skin might react strongly to a peeling or a laser procedure.
Occasional skin sensitivity: Skin disorder such as seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea acne…. These situations can increase your skin sensitivity

Sensitivity for each skin type
  • Dehydrated skin: Pulling and discomfort.
  • Dry to very dry skin: Weakening of protective functions, fine lines appear,
  • Combination to oily skin: Small shiny areas around the nose and the upper cheeks.
Environmentally sensitive skin: Immediate reaction to the slightest upset.

Sensitivity and sensitization

Sensitivity or intolerance, a matter of degree…
Make the difference : Sensitive skin and sensitized skin.
Sensitive skin: Your skin pulls, itches. It reacts strongly to wind, cold, ill-suited products, harsh cleansing or hard water. Sometimes this sensitivity becomes exacerbated: The skin doesn’t experience any relief from standard cosmetic moisturizers. It can’t stand anything. It becomes allergic. It starts to itch, pull, gets red and scaly..
Sensitized skin: Certain intolerances to cleansers or moisturizers are in fact true allergies responsible for eczema or urticaria. Consult your physician to find the cause of this allergy.


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