6 FAQs with Dr. Sylvia Wright About Sensitive Skin


Sylvia W. Wright, MD

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Sensitive skin can be difficult and unpredictable to manage. Dermatologist Sylvia Wright, MD, shares the common questions she hears from her patients about managing sensitive skin.

1. How do you define sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin is skin that is easily irritated or made dry, itchy, red or scaly by certain products. There are different levels of severity; some people have mild sensitivities, while some have to be careful whenever they introduce a new product. Irritation can be caused by anything - fabrics like wool, perfumes or any product with a fragrance; it can also be caused by skin products like makeup, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

2. Who’s at risk of developing sensitive skin?

The main causes of sensitive skin are eczema, dry skin (our skin is much more prone to be irritated if we put something on it when it’s dry), acne and rosacea. Adult women often get sensitive skin because we tend to put the most products on our skin - from cosmetics to products we hope will turn back the clock. Another group of people with sensitive skin are those we call the Atopic Triad, patients who have food and environmental allergies, asthma and eczema.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: May 12, 2017

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