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Tips for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is a common complaint that can result in redness, and a sense of tight, burning or stinging skin immediately after being exposed to an irritant. Common irritants include soaps and cosmetics. Skin redness (erythema) can occur quickly and last minutes. Repeated stress can cause the redness to persist.

Certain individuals are more prone to sensitive skin, such as people with dry skin, eczema, dermatitis and rosacea. Children and the elderly are more apt to experience skin sensitivity.

The most common irritant for those with sensitive skin are fragrances and preservatives found in skin care products.

Managing Sensitive Skin