How to Tell the Difference Between Sensitive Skin and an Allergic Reaction


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Recent research has uncovered some surprising information about sensitive skin.
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What to Avoid With Sensitive Skin

It’s difficult to identify the triggers that might bring about sensitive skin flare-ups. Try these tips to minimize irritations.

You notice that your skin looks red and inflamed. Is your skin just sensitive? Or are you experiencing an allergic reaction? How do you tell the difference?

It can be tricky, at least at first blush. Some of the signs are very similar. And of course, it’s possible to have sensitive skin and also have an allergic reaction to a particular substance. But there are some differences, if you take the time to examine the causes of the redness, itchiness, or swelling.

Did you know that almost half of all Americans have sensitive skin? Watch this video for more sensitive skin facts.

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

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