Sensitive Skin Basics

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Laura E. Marusinec, MD    

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Recent research has uncovered some surprising information about sensitive skin.
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How do you know if you have sensitive skin? There is no actual medical definition, but there are common symptoms.

Your skin may react to certain triggers with stinging, burning, itching, redness, or rashes. You might have to be careful with products you use to moisturize or wash your skin. Over time, you’ll learn that there are many tricks to calm your skin down and prevent irritation.

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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