In my post, Do You Really Know Your Skin Type?, I listed all the characteristics each skin type has, as well as a huge beauty “myth” concerning skin types – that at the end of the day, we all have a mix of them, at one time or another.
But the one skin type that really confuses people, or should we even say is totally overused, is sensitive skin.
I suppose I understand – I mean, it’s so easy to say that your skin is “sensitive” just because you might get a reaction to a product. But I was reading an article in Glamour recently on the myths of sensitive skin, and how women are so quick to claim they have sensitive skin. They said that most women who think they have sensitive skin, actually don’t have sensitive skin at all.
I kept reading and wondered, Could I be one of those paranoid women? I mean, I pretty much self-diagnosed myself. I kept reading and found out I wasn’t, as I have a lot of the “symptoms” listed below (4 out of 6, actually), but I still wanted to share and talk about this, because I thought some of you might find this useful, too.
Signs that you have sensitive skin:
So without further ado, here are some signs that could mean you actually have sensitive skin. They say you need at least 3 of these symptoms to conclude you have sensitive skin (or at least a little sensitive):
- a new cleanser or moisturizer, even without potent ingredients, make your skin burn, itch, sting, and/or turn pink.
- mosquito bites swell bigger and redder than normal
- your skin seems so dry and parched that no amount of moisturizer seems to “satisfy” it
- a strong gush of wind irritates your skin and causes it to itch and sting
- your pimples tend to be bigger (and badder!) than regular zits
- your nose and cheeks tend to get flushed easily