Touch Me Not
Female Singapore|September 2018
Touch Me Not

As Pollution Becomes A Growing Beauty Concern, So Does Sensitised  Complexions, But How Is The Latter Different From Sensitive Skin? Sofia Kim Sheds Some Light.

You’ve tried a new serum and your skin turns red and patchy (not glowy and glass-like as promised). Or maybe you’ve been slammed with work, and none of your usual favourite skincare products seem to calm your irritated complexion. If you relate to either of the two scenarios and hold the perception that your skin is sensitive, here’s a PSA: It might not be. Instead, it could be sensitised.

Before you think that we’re being some grammar nazi here, it’s key to note that they’re two different conditions – a largely overlooked fact. According to the International Dermal Institute, the R&D arm of American beauty brand Dermalogica, about 62 per cent of people globally consider their skin to be sensitive, but rarely sensitised

As Dermalogica corporate trainer Jodi Ayre points out: the effects of both (the uncomfortable sensations, the flare ups) are similar, explaining the misconception. She adds that many tend to self-diagnose their skin concerns due to a lack of knowledge, which may lead to impulse buys that can further damage skin.

Sensitised vs sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is often “determined by your genetics”, according to Dr Christine Choi Kim of The Body Shop. In short, you’re born with it. Some of the more common examples include eczema and rosacea, where skin is constantly red, itchy and dehydrated.

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September 2018