My Struggle With Sensitive Skin

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Camille Butler

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Camille Butler is a 24-year-old visual effects student at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

My skin is like a pair of white pants: everything shows up on it. My emotions, what I eat, what I touch, environmental elements—and, like a pair of white pants, it's just as difficult to treat.

It feels like everything has some kind of effect on me. In the winter, the cold air immediately dries out my skin. At least I can wear sweaters and scarves that cover up my acne and irritation, but that only makes it feel worse. In the summer, sweat makes my skin sting and burn while the added oils make me breakout more. After I take a shower or wash my face, if the water gets too hot, my skin gets red, itchy, dried out, and covered in what looks like hives. Even after getting dressed in the morning, I look like I got in a catfight, with red scratch marks all over my neck, chest, arms, and legs, from my clothing rubbing against my skin.

Even though sensitive skin is an common issue for many people, there's a lot we don't know about it. But recent research has uncovered some surprising information.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Jun 1, 2016

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