Sensitive skin is not a medical diagnosis but a complaint; this is according to Deirdre Hooper, co-founder of Audubon Dermatology and assistant clinical professor at the LSU Department of Dermatology. Common complaints include redness, flaking, dryness and itching.
There are three common skin conditions which can lead to these complaints:
Rosacea: This is characterized by excessive flushing which is brought about by various environmental triggers such as extreme temperatures or food. Redness will be concentrated on the cheeks and center of the face.
Eczema: caused by damage to the outer skin layer thus allowing irritants to get in the skin. This is often genetic but can also be caused by use of harsh skin products.
Contact Dermatitis: This is when something specific causes a reaction on the skin. This could be an allergy or an irritation.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
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