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Sensitive Skin vs Sensitized Skin: What's the Difference?

Our skin is something that we possess since we were born but no matter how long we have had it, it still confuses us from time to time. For sure we have all experienced skin irritation whether minor or major, it’s something that we’re not fond of. While it’s easy to say that you have sensitive skin whenever you’re getting skin irritation, it’s also important to know the difference between having sensitive and sensitized skin to be able to avoid the triggering factors that can make your skin worse. 

What is Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin is a skin type that is deeply rooted in genetics. Meaning, people who have this skin type have a long lineage of family members who may also have the same skin type. Non-related skin allergies, asthma, blushing or flushing, and other forms of rashes may also be experienced by people who have sensitive skin. Since this is genetic, it cannot be “fixed” but can be addressed and supported. 

If you have sensitive skin, stick to the basics and stay away from complicated skincare products. Your motto: “less is more”. Sticking to the basics does not mean compromising quality skincare. A simple skincare routine like Wildleaf’s Basic Care Set can still help you establish a decent skincare routine that can cleanse, hydrate, and revive your skin to achieve a healthier glow. 

What is Sensitized Skin?

Sensitized skin is not a skin type but a skin condition that is usually caused by internal and external factors like extreme weather conditions, medication or food reactions, and the use of inappropriate skincare products. Sensitized skin often looks blotchy, dry, and irritated and can be easily treated and resolved. 

If you have sensitized skin, it’s important to nurse back your disrupted skin barrier to its normal state and to allow it to heal properly. In the meantime, stay away from strong chemicals or exfoliants as well as active ingredients that may aggravate your skin more. While you’re allowing your skin to heal, keep your routine at a minimum and invest in gentle skincare products. Once your skin is healed, you may go back to your usual routine but make sure that you have identified the triggering factor so you can avoid it in the future. 

Sensitive Skin and Sensitized Skin are often mistaken or interchanged. The majority of the population are saying that they have sensitive skin yet their skin was just sensitized and aggravated due to the factors mentioned above. The mere reason why it’s very important to understand your skin is to help combat further irritation. Try to recognize whether you have sensitive or sensitized skin to know how to take care of your skin better. 

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