Sensitive Skin Test
About 63% of us believe we have sensitive skin, but in reality, only about 50% of us actually do. There are several things that can cause the skin to become sensitive, such as skin disorders like eczema, rosacea or contact dermatitis. Other factors that can contribute to sensitive skin include excessive exposure from damaging environmental factors like the sun, wind, extreme cold or heat. Genetic factors also play a role in diagnosing sensitive skin.
So how can you tell whether you really do have sensitive skin? You can take the brief quiz below. – if you answer ‘Yes’ to any or all of these simple questions, chances are, you do have sensitive skin. Then, you can confirm your self-diagnosis with a visit to your Dermatologist who will look for signs and symptoms of:
- Flushing and blushing
- Skin reactions like skin bumps, pustules, or a breakdown of the skin
- Very dry skin that leads to skin damage
- If none of these signs and symptoms are obvious to your Dermatologist, he or she may do a patch test on your skin to identify specific allergies that cause sensitive skin.
But before you visit your Dermatologist, conduct your own simple test to see if you have sensitive skin.
Do Your Own Test
- You become flushed when you eat or drink something hot or spicy. Ever notice that your face or skin turns red when you eat or drink spicy food, drink red wine or sip on a hot beverage. Yes/No
- Your skin turns red and blotchy, itch or bumpy after you shave? Sensitive skin usually does not react well to shaving or most shaving products. Yes/No
- Your skin becomes irritated after using shower gel, bubble bath or soaps? Sensitive skin is usually quite dry so can become irritated by harsh soaps and fragrances. Yes/No
- Your skin seems to be sensitive to sunscreen. Most people with sensitive skin experience a mild burning sensation when they apply sunscreen. That’s the skin reacting to the chemicals that filter the UV rays. Yes/No
- Extreme weather conditions turn your face bright red. Whether it’s a blustery, windy day, a hot, humid day or a very cold day, noticeable flushing from extreme weather conditions is a sign that your skin is truly sensitive. Yes/No
If you answer yes to any or all of these, chances are you really do have sensitive skin. It’s time to learn more about your skin condition. The links below all contain additional information about sensitive skin – how to care for it, what products to use, what products to avoid, and general tips for maintaining strong, healthy skin.
- Calming Sensitive Skin
- Got Sensitive Skin?
- When Sensitive Skin Becomes a Problem
- Products for Sensitive Skin