Many people think they have sensitive skin because once in a while, skincare products are irritating for them. However, does irritation "once in a while" mean sensitive skin? In this episode of DermTV, Dr. Schultz explains what really constitutes sensitive skin and also explains at what point you have to be careful of trying new skincare products and when you can experiment to your heart's desire.
The Characteristics of Sensitive Skin Hello, I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and welcome to DermTV. If you have sensitive skin or just think you have sensitive skin, then one that I'm about to tell you is very important. The whole subject of sensitive skin is very important for two reasons. First of all, people who have sensitive skin or think that they do avoid many different potentially useful and helpful skin care products because they're afraid to those products are going to irritate or it would cause them to rash. Second of all, most people would think they have sensitive skin don’t have sensitive skin. They have normal skin. I'm going to repeat that. Most people who think they have sensitive skin actually have normal skin. So, let me explain. If somebody really has sensitive skin and then their skin is frequently irritated by many different common skin care ingredients or products. That is frequently irritated many different common skin care ingredients and products. So when I say frequently I'm talking about getting irritations ones a month or maybe three times a year but not once or twice over a five to 10-year period. And when I say many different skins care products, different here means 15 or 50 over that five to 10-year period, not one or two. And when we’re talking about common ingredients and common skin care products, we’re not talking about the secret herbal concoction that your friend brought you from Uzbekistan. We’re talking about the things that line the rows had CVS in Duane Reade that most of your friends can use. Look if you really do have sensitive skin and then of course you have to be very, very careful but if you’ve had one or two rashes from skin care products over a five to 10-year period, that’s normal. That’s not having sensitive skin. The bottom line here is most people who think they have sensitive skin don’t and really can use many different skin care products that they're afraid to use. But of course, anytime anybody uses a new skincare product they should test it in a small area for two days. In front of their ear just to make sure that they're not sensitive to it and it doesn’t cause an irritation. Please join me again at DermTV.com. If you have a question please send it to me by visiting DermTV.com/question. I'm Dr. Neal Schultz and thank you for watching today.