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Sensitive skin can be both a hereditary and an environmental skin condition.
Impairment of the protective barrier layer leaves the skin prone to irritants. This leads to reactivity within the skins surface manifesting in inflammation, stinging, burning and pinking of the skin.
Some typical symptoms of sensitive skin are:
Easily reactive to topically applied products, heat or touch
Itching, stinging or burning
Skin turning pink or red easily
Skin feeling generally delicate
Sensitive skin is most prominent in people with blue eyes and red hair and of a Celtic decent.
Truly sensitive skin is a genetic predisposition, which sufferers have from birth; however environmental factors can make the skin sensitive, the use of soap or alcohol based products on the skin can break down the protective layer.
Over exfoliation is one of the main causes of the skin becoming sensitive as the protective barrier of the skin is worn away to the point that that it no longer functions correctly.