How Do You Know If You Have Sensitive Skin
Many people think they have sensitive skin, when in fact, they do not. In this video, Dr. Schultz explains the three criteria of sensitive skin.Read Transcript
If you have sensitive skin, or just think you have sensitive skin, then what 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 that those products are going to irritate them or cause a rash. Second of all, most people who 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 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 once a month or maybe three times a year, but not once or twice over a five to ten year period. And when I say many different skin care products, different here means fifteen or fifty over that five to ten year period, not one or two. And when we're talking about common ingredients and common skin care products, were not talking about the secret herbal concoction that your friend brought you form Uzbekistan. We're talking about the things that line the rows at CVS and Duane Reade that most of your friends can use. Look, if you really do have sensitive skin 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 ten 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 skin care 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.