What is skin sensitivity and how to approach it?

What is skin sensitivity and how to approach it?

What is Skin Sensitivity?

Skin sensitivity refers to how easily your skin reacts to various stimuli, such as environmental factors, skincare products, or certain substances. People with sensitive skin may experience discomfort, redness, itching, or other adverse reactions when exposed to triggers that may not affect others. Common triggers include harsh chemicals, fragrances, certain fabrics, extreme temperatures, and sun exposure. Skin sensitivity can vary from person to person, and it may be a temporary or chronic condition. It is important to identify and avoid triggers to maintain healthy and comfortable skin.

How do you know if you have sensitive skin?

There are several signs that can indicate if you have sensitive skin. Here are some common indicators:

  1. Redness and Irritation: If your skin often appears red, flushed, or irritated, it may be a sign of sensitivity.
  1. Itching and Dryness: If your skin feels itchy, tight, or dry, especially after using certain products or being exposed to certain conditions, it could be a sign of sensitivity.
  1. Reactions to Products: If your skin reacts negatively to skincare or cosmetic products, such as developing a rash, stinging sensation, or breakouts, it suggests sensitivity.
  1. Sun Sensitivity: If your skin becomes easily sunburned or reacts strongly to sun exposure, it may be more sensitive than average.
  1. Fragrance Sensitivity: If you experience discomfort or adverse reactions when exposed to strong fragrances or perfumes, it could be an indication of sensitive skin.
  1. Sensitivity to Environmental Factors: If your skin reacts to changes in temperature, wind, or other environmental factors, it may be sensitive.


Can you use skincare containing active ingredients if you have sensitive skin?

Yes, it is possible to use skincare products with active ingredients even if you have sensitive skin. However, it's important to approach it with caution and choose products specifically formulated for sensitive skin or labelled as gentle.

Here are some tips to consider:

  1. Patch Test: Before applying a new product to your entire face, perform a patch test. Apply a small amount of the product to a small area of your skin (such as the inner forearm) and observe for any adverse reactions over 24-48 hours. If there is no negative reaction, it may be safe to use on your face.
  1. Start Slowly: Introduce new products gradually to your skincare routine. Begin by using them once or twice a week and gradually increase frequency if your skin tolerates it well.
  1. Look for Mild Formulations: Opt for skincare products that are specifically formulated for sensitive skin. These products are often fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and free from harsh ingredients that can trigger sensitivity.
  1. Avoid Harsh Ingredients: Stay away from skincare products that contain potential irritants such as alcohol, fragrances, sulfates, and certain acids (like salicylic acid or glycolic acid) that may be too harsh for sensitive skin.

Is Yearn Skin suitable for sensitive skin?

All Yearn Skin products contain high levels of active ingredients. Some products can cause an irritation to the skin or skin purging upon initial use thereof. We thus recommend using product not more than two or three times per week initially and then gradually increasing to desired use, until your skin gets used to product.

If you have developed a more severe reaction to any of these products supplied by US, DISCONTINUE USE IMMEDIATELY AND CONSULT A DOCTOR OR DERMATOLOGIST, please also contact us on our Customer Care at info@yearnskin.co.za. A customer care representative will endeavour to resolve any issues with adverse reactions.

We DO NOT refund based on adverse reactions to products or misuse thereof. Products are intended to be used as directed only and in most cases not advised for sensitive skin. Beginner users or first time users of Yearn Skin Products should NOT use more than 1 product at a time and incorporate actives slowly into a correct skincare routine. PLEASE READ ALL CAUTION BEFORE MAKING ANY PURCHASE.



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If you suspect you have sensitive skin, it's a good idea to consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional who can evaluate your skin and provide appropriate recommendations for your specific nee