How to know if your skin is sensitive?

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How to know if your skin is sensitive?

This is something I wished I’d known about a lot earlier in my life, it may have alleviated a lot of rashes and horrible-looking skin issues that the doctor treated with cortisol.

This article is for all of you, like me, who have had skin issues and now need to use skincare for sensitive skin. 

We will have a chat about why it's important to know what skin type you have and suggestions for you if you're new to treating your sensitive skin. 


What is Sensitive Skin, and Why Does it Matter?

This is something I wished I’d known about a lot earlier in my life, it may have alleviated a lot of rashes and horrible-looking skin issues that the doctor treated with cortisol.

I would have made sure I was using skincare specifically designed for sensitive skin. 

According to Dr Delwyn Dyall-Smith FACD, Dermatologist,

"Sensitive skin is a lay term rather than a medical diagnosis. It is generally used to describe skin with reduced tolerance to the application of cosmetics and personal care products. In surveys, approximately 50% of women and 40% of men may report having sensitive skin."

Clinical features

Sensitive skin presents in a wide variety of ways with:

  • subjective symptoms such as stinging, itching, burning
  • and/or visible skin changes such as redness, dryness, scaling, peeling, bumps, hives.

Often, complaints of sensitive skin relate only to the face. Products that are tolerated on other sites cause irritation and rashes."


This is me at different times of my skin care journey, I know they are horrible, I'm trying to be very open and honest here with you, it's a little uncomfortable tbh.


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Now it’s ALL about prevention.

Let’s find out if we are similar.

  • Do you find that some of your skincare makes your face sting or itch, or it makes it red?
  • Do you easily blush or get red as a beetroot when you exercise?
  • Your skin is quite dry and can crack?
  • Do you sunburn easily? (I am regretting my teenage years in the sun, I’ve already had 3 cancers cut out of my face and neck.)

Yep, we are the same!

Here are some of the preventative measures I use now, I hope they help you before you end up getting given nasty chemicals by your doctor.

Now, this one is a bit obvious, as you’re on this website, but one of the reasons my business partner and I created Aussenskin is because we both have sensitive skin.

We tested them on ourselves before saying yes to our supplier and we ask that others test also. This is why we called ourselves Aus sen skin - Australian, Sensitive, Skin.

We got this feedback just the other day from one of our testers:

“I’ve been using the cleanser though and it’s working great on my PD [perioral dermatitis]. The cleanser doesn’t sting in the slightest and feels so soft and gentle
I will definitely be recommending it in the PD group I’m in.”
  • Always wear sunscreen and try to find one for sensitive skin.
  • I look stupid in hats, I have a massive head and have to wear men's hats, but a hat is very important to remember to wear if you have sensitive skin.
  • Try to keep the shower water on your face warm, not hot, this will inflame your skin.
  • Stress affects my skin also. Being mindful to ‘catch the small goods' on my day helps me - like a gentle breeze, a pretty cloud, a small child’s smile.
  • I also meditate, walk and make sure I get enough sleep to keep my stress levels down.

I know I will have sensitive skin all of my life, but I now have skincare to prevent stinging and outbreaks of rashes.

I hope our skincare does the same for you and helps support your sensitive skin. 

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