Experts uncover the complex world of skin sensitivity, causes, management, and care

In the pursuit of beauty and wellness, the issue of skin sensitivity often remains overlooked. The skin that serves as a protective barrier can also become a cause of discomfort due to its increased sensitivity. Therefore, understanding the intricacies of skin sensitivity is crucial for both skincare professionals and enthusiasts.

In this article, experts dive deep into the causes, possible solutions, care routines for sensitive skin, shedding light on this aspect of beauty and health.

The Spectrum of Skin Sensitivity

Skin sensitivity exists on a spectrum, ranging from occasional mild reactions to chronic conditions.

Hemangi Mahabaleshwarkar reveals, “Sensitive skin can show signs such as redness, itching, burning, and, in some cases, flaking and even rashes in response to certain stimuli, while more normal skin types have an in-built “tolerance” towards them.”

Potential triggers to skin sensitivity

Factors such as genetics, environmental influences, and underlying skin conditions play a role in determining the sensitivity levels.

Disha Meher adds, “Smoking and aging are also potential triggers for skin sensitivity. Thinner the skin, the more it is prone to irritation.”

Intrinsic factors
  • Genetic predisposition to skin sensitivity
  • Hormonal influence during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause
  • Immunological or neurogenic inflammation
  • Impaired lipid barrier
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Underlying medical conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis

Extrinsic factors
  • Pollution, photosensitivity, and extreme temperature conditions
  • Wrong usage of skincare products/treatments can trigger allergic reactions causing inflammation and discomfort
  • Ingredients like alcohol, acids, fragrance, and allergens
  • Unhealthy lifestyle

Managing Sensitive Skin

It is imperative to know different ways to prevent skin sensitivity. According to Hemangi, “A safety measure would be to adopt a gentle skincare routine that includes alcohol-free, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic formulas specifically designed for sensitive skin.”

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes sufficient exercise, diet, hydration, and stress management can also help in managing skin sensitivity.

Hemangi recommends:

  • pH-balanced, soap-free cleansers Products with
  • Hyaluronic acid for intense hydration
  • Avocado to maintain the lipid barrier
  • Sunflower seed oil to maintain the integrity of the skin
  • Lavender, mint, rose oil, evening primrose, oats, mallows, cucumber, and arnica can to calm and soothe the skin
  • A broad-spectrum sunscreen is essential for day-to-day UV

Skin sensitivity requires thoughtful attention and care. It is not a serious concern unless it is related to underlying immunological or neurogenic conditions. Although, sensitivity can cause discomfort and impact daily life, its extent depends on a series of factors discussed above.

To deal with sensitivity, Hemangi recommends routine monitoring of the skin and adapt the skincare routine to the changing internal and external condition apart from using some of the ingredients mentioned above which can dampen sensitivity further and keep the skin happy and healthy.

Disha suggests the following Do’s and Dont’s to keep in mind for skin sensitivity


  • Always do a patch test before using any new product. Monitor for 72 hours
  • Use products recommended by a skin expert or dermatologist
  • Avoid using highly fragrant product as it might harm the skin
  • Keep the skin nourished and moisturized
  • Use lukewarm water for shower. Very hot or cold water might strip off natural oil from the skin
  • Wear natural fabrics like cottons or silk. Avoid wool or synthetic fabrics
  • Always wear sunscreen to protect skin from harmful UV rays
  • Drink enough water to keep the skin hydrated


  • Avoid over the counter chemical-based products and excessive cosmetics
  • Never rub the skin too hard as this may cause rashes and damage the skin
  • Avoid extreme exposure to weather elements like extreme heat or cold
  • Minimize stress as it can trigger hormonal imbalance which leads to increased skin sensitivity
  • Washing face too often removes essential oils from the skin and makes it dry and irritated.

Manjul Gupta, Head of Bodycraft Salon, Bangalore adds, “Within the realm of beauty, understanding the nuances of sensitive skin is paramount. Delicately balancing the art and science, we at Bodycraft have mastered the craft of addressing skin sensitivity. With a legacy spanning three decades, our expert therapists curate bespoke experiences that embrace sensitivity with tailored care, ensuring radiant results.” She further adds, “Effective solutions include using gentle cleansers and non-comedogenic moisturizers, along with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and ceramides. Embracing an antioxidant-rich diet, stress management, proper hydration, and a gentle skincare routine can also help.”

Skin sensitivity is a multifaceted aspect of the overall well-being, requiring attention and care. Through a combination of care and diligence, the beauty within sensitivity can be uncovered.