Sensitive Skin

  • Overview
  • What it looks like
  • How it happens
  • Treatment & tips
  • Skin care solutions


Skin sensitivity affects many people at various ages and stages of their lives. Sensitive skin is recognized as a condition rather than a skin type. So, in addition to having sensitive skin, you may have an oily, normal or dry skin type.

What it looks like

Some characteristics of sensitivity are:

  • dryness
  • irritation
  • itchiness
  • inflammation

Sensitive skin is also prone to reactions to products, leaving a redness, stinging and burning sensation.

How it happens

Sensitive skin can occur for a number of different reasons…

Inherent Sensitivity – Usually associated with fair skin types, people with inherent (or natural) sensitivity easily react when contact occurs with an irritant substance.
Young or Mature Skin – Children and older adults have thin and fragile skin, and can easily react to environmental irritants or triggers.
Skin Conditions – Acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions are characterized by some form of skin sensitivity causing irritation and inflammation of the skin.
Use of Medications – Some prescription medications may have side effects that cause skin sensitivity and excessive dryness.
Skin Treatments – Cosmetic procedures and therapies leave the skin extremely vulnerable and sensitive to environmental and product exposures.
Shaving – Men may experience sensitivity after shaving their faces. Skin can be red or have a stinging or burning sensation.
Medical Illness – Radiation and chemotherapy for cancer patients often leaves skin red, dry and flaky.

Treatment & tips

  1. AVOID these environmental triggers:
    • harsh detergents and high-alkaline soaps
    • scratchy clothing
    • products with fragrance
    • excessive sun, wind, heat and cold exposure
    • hot water
    • scrubbing skin when bathing
  2. Follow the steps to simple, gentle skin care.
  3. Consult with your doctor or dermatologist to determine the source of your sensitivity and to develop a plan to manage the condition.

Skin care solutions

All Cetaphil products were created specifically for people with sensitive skin. Find your perfect match based on your skin type and other skin conditions, then follow a daily regimen that includes cleansing, moisturizing and protecting your skin.