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Aka hyper-sensitive, photo-sensitive, broken capillary, dilates capillaries, allergy, rosacea, rashes, couperose, erythema, spider vein, eczema

Sensitive skin is more of a condition than an actual skin type. We are all prone to skin sensitivity at some point in our life. The skin is protected against outside invaders by the skin immune system and the physical protection barrier.  However, when the immune system reacts with a heightened response to certain stimuli or antigen, it causes skin inflammation or irritation.

Some signs of sensitivity are thin and fine textured skin, dry and tight sensation, dryness, redness, itching, burning, flushing and stinging. Sensitive skin tends to be more fragile and it needs special, gentle care.

This problem may further develop to:-

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•  A dry and fine textured skin is prone to fine lines or premature aging.


•  Excessive melanin is being produced to protect the sensitize skin area when skin contacts with sunlight


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1. Knowing what allergens and irritants triggers your skin sensitivity will help to treat and prevent sensitive skin problem
  Allergens – when a person is allergic to an ingredient.
  Irritants – where an ingredient is irritating but the person not truly allergy. Common skin irritants are Sorbic acid, Formaldehyde and formalin, 4-tert-Butylphenol, menthol and peppermint, and etc. All these are found in cosmetics or skin care products.
2. People who complaint of frequent rashes to specific skin care products are most commonly allergic to fragrances, preservatives, or coloring ingredients.
3. Dry skin is more prone to sensitive as the sebaceous glands produce less sebum which helps protect skin from irritants.
4. Signs of sensitive skin:-
  Skin is thin and fine textured. It often feels tingly, tight, or uncomfortable without any visible signs of stress.
  Reacts quickly to both hot and cold temperatures.
  Sunburns and windburns easily.
  Often dry, and prone to allergic reactions.
  Visible surface veins and broken capillaries.
  Become red and blotchy after contact with some detergents, fragrances, or alcohols that are used on the skin.
  Easily get irritated by chemicals in some skin care products and cosmetics.
  Often have sensations of itching, burning, redness, flushing, and stinging.
5. There are 2 profiles of sensitive skin:-
    A common skin problem affecting 3 times higher probability in women than men.
    Fair skin individuals are more prone to rosacea than those with dark skin.
    Result in a wide range of manifestations from the tendency to easily blush to severe disfiguration. It flares up with exposure to the sun and is also sensitive to heat, cold, excess humidity or dryness.
  Dermatitis or eczema:-
    A board term used to describe dry, itchy skin inflammations. Early symptoms may be red, blistered or oozing. With time the affected areas can become scaly, brown and thickened.
    The 4 common types of eczema or dermatitis:-
      - Atopic dermatitis – caused by dry sensitive skin which over reacts to certain allergens
      - Contact dermatitis – caused by direct contact with an irritating material to which an individual is allergic or hypersensitive to
      - Seborrheic dermatitis – red scaly rash that occurs in areas of excessive sebum production such as the face and chest.
      - Actinic dermatitis – sensitivity to sunlight exposure

There are many unknown factors in the diagnosis of sensitive skin; inherited factors, gender, age and race differences in skin sensitivity. What is known is that individuals with sensitive skin seem to have several unique skin attributes that affect their immune system and the skin physical protection barrier.

1. Weakened immune system
  The increase or irregular activities of Langerhan Cells, T cells and immune B cells. Resulting in an overall inability to tackle conditions and irritations as they arise
    - Langerhan cell is charged with the responsibility of locating foreign bodies such as viruses and bacteria; and carrying these foreign bodies to the cells that will destroy them.
    - T cell produces the auto immune response and effectively amplifies the amount of allergens to fool the body into considering an imminent threat.
    - T cell produces the auto immune response and effectively amplifies the amount of allergens to fool the body into considering an imminent threat. The overproduction of a protein called immunoglobulin E (IgE) by immune B cells will release excessive amount of granules and powerful chemical mediators (histamine and cytokines) that trigger allergic reaction and cause skin sensitive.
  Other factors that weakened the immune system includes UV radiation, overdosing on sugar, excess alcohol, food allergens, too much fat, air pollution or stress.
2. Weakened skin physical protection barrier
  This protection layers are formed by stratum corneum (the outermost layer of epidermis), lipid layer (sebum produced by sebaceous glands), and the low hostile pH (acid-mantel condition of the skin) which provide physical defense against invasion.
  A wide variety factors that contribute in weakening of this barrier includes:-
    - Dry (insufficient sebum) and dehydrated (insufficient water) skin condition. The skin horny layer is being protected by sebum and water – a hydro-lipid film which is slightly acidic where it creates an ideal surface ecology to protect skin against invasion.
    - Heavy or over usage of harsh acne treatment such as hydrogen peroxide, retinoic acid, bexachlorophene, AHAs and BHA and skin resurfacing will cause over exfoliating and thinning of the epidermis and weakening the skin protection barrier.
    - Other environment factors such as prolonged sun exposure, air pollution or excess humidity.
1. Proper skin care routine
  Always inspect the full ingredients list for any skin care products that you plan to have. Choose products that do not contain potential allergens and irritants such as artificial fragrances and coloring, PABA sun protections, lanolin, propylene glycol and ethanol.
  It is also recommended to test a new skin care product on a small area of skin and see if there are any reactions before you use it over larger areas of your skin.



1. Deep cleansing 
  • Rinse well after using cleansers, choose a cleanser which is mild and soap free so they do not remove healthy sebum from the skin.
  • Don’t over wash your face. Temperature of the water should be tepid; neither hot nor cold.
2. Serum & moisturizer & masque
  • Look for products that helps strengthen skin barrier, anti irritants, increase skin immunity, calm skin irritations, and excellent repairing skin capability.
  • Natural ingredients that have proven effectiveness in treating sensitive skin includes ceramides, multiple vitamins, apricot kernel oil, algae (seaweed) extract, promegranate extract, and etc. 
3. Exfoliation

Be mindful of exfoliants. Shorten the duration for the first few applications. 

4. Sun Protection

Choose a light weight sun protection with at least SPF 30 and PA++.

  • Avoid PABA contain sun protection!
5. Makeup

Keep makeup as light as possible or use makeup only when absolutely necessary. It is crucial to find a non-irritating and gentle product to use.

  • Avoid waterproof cosmetics – which require a solvent to remove them. Solvents are harsh petro-chemicals which causes dryness.
6. Facial treatment

Your facial treatment should be less massage, less extraction, and avoid hot treatments!

2. Promote healthy lifestyle
  Ensure diet rich in nuts, grains, vegetables, vitamin A, B, D and E (such as meat, chicken liver, cod liver oil and cheese), and low in saturated fatty foods
  Maintain healthy lifestyle such as drink plenty of water, regular exercise, stress management, quit smoking, control alcohol, spice and caffeine intakes, and get sufficient sleep!


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have sensitive skin?

Have your skin examined by a dermatologist is the most certain way to find out if you have sensitive skin. You can also do a simple test to find out if you have sensitive skin:

Do people tell your face turn dark red when under stress?
Do you always have dry skin or skin redness but you never actually found the cause?
Have you noticed a tingling sensation in your skin or do you feel it tightening up but cannot see any discernible signs of a problem?
Do you always search for skin care that does not cause an allergic reaction with your skin?

Should men concern about sensitive skin?

The look of healthy skin is just as attractive in men as in women – and more men are realizing it.

With an unfamiliar or new skin care product, how should I test for s sensitive skin reaction?

Before putting a new skin care product on your sensitive skin, do the following:-

Every day for 5 days, apply a small amount behind the ear and leave it on overnight.
If your skin does not become irritated, follow the same procedures, this time applying the product on jawline.
If you continue to be irritation free, the product should be safe for you to apply on face.

Can sensitive skin be inherited?

A number of the skin diseases and conditions associated with sensitive skin are known or believed to run in families. They include eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea. Irritation from a reaction to skin care, cosmetic, or household product is not inherited.

What is Cellnique complete skin care routine that helps in skin sensitive?

I would like to try one of your products first, please advice which one should I use?

D'Sensi Cream. This moisturizer is specially formulated for sensitive skin sufferer where it calms discomfort and redness by neutralizing and protecting the skin against harsh external conditions.

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