More than 40% of Americans have a skin sensitivity to cosmetics, according to the Cosmetic Dermatology Association.
A significant number of people have sensitivities to at least one ingredient, according the association, which has a membership of more than 40,000 dermatologists.
“Skin sensitivities are common, and they are quite a bit more common than people think,” says Dr. Roberta Pecoraro, M.D., a dermatologist at NYU Langone Medical Center.
“It’s a bit of a misconception that most people are not sensitive to anything.
The reality is, you’re not likely to find the exact thing that you’re allergic to.”
A skin sensitivity questionnaire You might have skin sensitivity from your hair, or from your skin cells or from certain allergens.
“The more you are exposed to a skin sensitizer, the more likely you are to be at risk of developing skin sensitivity,” says Pecorelli.
For instance, the ingredient in the eye cream may be causing a reaction in your eyes.
The product you’re using could be triggering your skin sensitivities, or even triggering your allergic reaction.
The more sensitive your skin, the higher the chance that you are at risk for developing skin sensitization.
“If you are more sensitive than normal, the next step is to get a skin test,” says Elizabeth Fosse, Ph.
D. of Dermatologist Elizabeth Foes and a clinical professor at NYU’s Langone Health and Medical Center in New York City.
“I’d recommend you get a test.
The skin is actually a barrier to the most likely trigger of a skin reaction, so if you have any signs of sensitization, then it is very important to get checked out,” says Foes.
In addition to testing your skin for sensitivities and potential reactions, you may want to talk to your dermatologist about how to improve your skin’s overall health and appearance.
The National Skin Center of the American Academy of Dernecology offers a Skin Sensitivity Checklist, which includes some of the common skin sensitizers and allergens, and suggests using products that contain less of them.
You might also want to find out what your skin sensitivity is and whether it might affect your overall health.
There are some skin sensitizing products that are available over the counter, such as sunscreens and lotions, as well as over-the-counter medicines.
You can also get skin tests that can identify which ingredients might cause skin sensitivity.
If you have an allergy, the American Society of Dermalogists recommends that you speak with your doctor about getting a skin-test to rule out sensitivities.