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How to Prevent Skin Irritation

Is this cause for concern?

Sensitive skin isn’t a disease that a doctor can diagnose you with. It’s usually a symptom of another condition. You may not even know you have sensitive skin until you have a bad reaction to a cosmetic product, like soap, moisturizer, or makeup.

Conditions that cause sensitive skin are rarely serious. You can usually keep your symptoms under control with a few simple changes to your skin care routine.

Keep reading to learn more about what may be causing your sensitive skin, other symptoms to watch for, and products that should be safe for you to use.

1. Dry skin

Skin becomes dry when it loses too much water and oil.

This can cause your skin to:

  • itch
  • scale or flake
  • peel
  • feel rough to the touch
  • crack and bleed
  • appear red or ashy-looking

Dry skin can happen anywhere on your body, but it’s particularly common on the:

  • hands
  • feet
  • arms
  • lower legs

What you can do

You can treat dry skin by returning moisture to the affected areas. Applying a moisturizing cream or ointment two to three times per day will help restore moisture and prevent your skin from drying out in the future. Try using a fragrance-free moisturizer designed for people with sensitive skin.

Products you can use

If you have dry skin, your skin care routine should focus on retaining moisture.

To cleanse:

To moisturize:

How to Prevent Skin Irritation