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Sensitive or Intolerant Skin

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To learn more about sensitive and intolerant skin, explore responses from dermatologists and allergists to questions submitted by internet users during chat sessions organised by Bioderma.

Yes. Well, it’s possible, although nothing has been proven. But, it’s important to remember that skin sensitivity is an individual problem more than anything else. Water that is too acidic or that contains too many pesticides can exacerbate skin sensitivity.

Allergic skin is skin that is allergic to a very specific product. It is an immunological phenomenon. On the other hand, hyperreactive skin reacts too intensely to very different things, as we said earlier. This type of skin is also called hyper-sensitive, reactive or intolerant. But there is no immunological phenomenon.

It all depends on the type of sensitivity. You could cleanse your skin with water or water and ultra-rich soap, or else with a micellar lotion such as Sensibio H2O, depending on what you tolerate.

The first thing to do is know what factors you are sensitive to. But in general, you should try to avoid anything that could be irritating and use cosmetics intended for sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin is characterised by cutaneous redness or by stinging, burning, itching and even pain in response to factors that aren’t “toxic” themselves such as water, cleansing products, cosmetics, the wind, cold or hot weather, the sun, stress, menstruation, etc.

An internet user’s question

What phenomena cause skin sensitivity?

A wide range of factors may trigger skin sensitivity. But it is an individual response that still remains poorly understood. This hyper-reactivity is likely caused by hyper-activation of the skin’s keratinocytes (skin cells) and nerve fibres.

The signs are exactly the same, but permanent sensitive skin simply lasts longer. Temporary sensitive skin only last a few hours. This might be a good opportunity to review what sensitive skin is: it is skin that either has stinging, burning, itching or pain, or becomes red in response to a wide range of factors. These include contact with water, cosmetics, cleansing products, wind and cold or hot weather, as well as during menstruation or in the presence of stress or other factors that may vary depending on the subject.