10 signs of sensitive skin

  1. Your Skin Easily Flushes
    Redness is a common sign of sensitive skin, whether the culprit is a genetic predisposition—like rosacea—or just a reaction to certain ingredients. Those with truly sensitive skin have this reaction often.

  2. You’re Prone to Rashes and Bumps
    Frequent rashes and tiny red bumps are telltale signs of sensitivity.

  3. Beauty Products Sting or Burn
    Whether it’s a cleanser, moisturizer, foundation or sunscreen, your skin reacts—and not in a good way. People with sensitive skin tend to have a thinner skin barrier, allowing the ingredients in skin care products to sting or burn.

  4. You Have Dry Patches
    Dryness and irritation of the skin are signs of eczema, a type of dermatitis characterized by a leaky skin barrier that doesn’t effectively trap moisture.

  5. Your Skin Feels Itchy
    Itchy, taut skin is a symptom of sensitivity easily exacerbated by frequent washing with hot water.

  6. You’re Sensitive to UV Rays
    You step into the sun without a hat or sunscreen, and the next thing you know, you’re flushed and beet-red. Photosensitivity can cause a skin rash on the face, outer arms and chest. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and avoid synthetic varieties—titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are more agreeable to sensitive skin.

  7. You Have Broken Capillaries
    Broken capillaries refer to tiny blood vessels that become visible near the surface of the skin and are often seen on the nose and cheeks. Those with sensitive skin—which is thin and has fewer protective layers—are more prone to having broken capillaries.

  8. Fragrance and Your Skin Don’t Mix
    It may smell good, but scented products are an extremely common trigger for those with sensitive skin.

  9. Your Skin Reacts to Bad Weather
    Cold, windy days are an immediate trigger for those with rosacea, causing flushing via agitated, swollen blood vessels.

  10. You Break Out Easily
    Sensitive, dry skin may produce extra oils to try to compensate for the lack of contained moisture. The result? Easily clogged pores that lead to breakouts.