Many people experience severe skin sensitivity, and the condition can be very unpleasant and at times feel almost unbearable. The condition has many different causes. Typically sensitive skin can result in skin reactions that form pustules and bumps; very dry skin that exposes nerve endings; and flushing reactions.
There are a number of ways to tell if you have sensitive skin: if you tend to go blotchy after shaving; if you skin feels irritable after using a shower gel or soap; if you skin burns after applying perfume or aftershave; if you skin goes dry in cold weather; or if you are sensitive to any cosmetic products. If any of these apply to you then you almost certainly have severe sensitivity.
Sensitive skin conditions can result from skin disorders and allergic reactions, for instance eczema, rosacea and contact dermatitis; very dry skin; and exposure to the sun or cold weather conditions. Age, gender and race can also play a part. If you think you are allergic, then you should ask your doctor to carry out a skin patch test. There is also an association between migraine and sensitive skin; a recent study carried out by the American Academy of Neurology found that 68% of migraine sufferers also suffered from exacerbated skin sensitivity that resulted in discomfort or pain during ordinary activities such as putting on clothes.