Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin

Skin sensitivity can either be natural or occur on an occasional or chronic basis, causing discomfort and tightness.

Doctor's opinion

Questions / Answers
  • The Pierre Fabre epidemiology research department conducted a survey in 8 European countries (285 M people). The results showed that:
    • This issue affects both women and men.
    • Nearly 100M people are affected.
    • More than one in 3 people claim to have sensitive skin.
    • 66% of people claiming to have sensitive skin have an underlying skin disorder.

  • Several factors are involved:
    - Using ill-suited cosmetic products
    - Environmental factors: pollution, wind, sun…
    - Lifestyle: Stress, tobacco…

  • Yes, indeed.
    • Dehydrated sensitive skin: Tight skin and discomfort act as reminders
    • Sensitive dry and very dry skin: The skin’s key protective functions are weakened, small lines appear…
    • Sensitive skin, slightly combination or oily: Small shiny areas on the wings of the nose and the top of the cheeks appear…
    • Skin sensitive to the environment: The smallest upset bothers it and causes it to react.

  • The first step is to reduce or avoid, whenever possible, factors that trigger this sensitivity.
    - Use cosmetic products specifically formulated for sensitive skin
    - Avoid irritating and drying cleansers.
    - If hard faucet water bothers your skin, use gentle, no-rinse products and following cleansing, spray a fine mist of thermal spring water on your skin.
    - Select products that are as neutral as possible: Minimum number of ingredients, no alcohol…
    - Do not use products containing certain key ingredients known to be irritating.

Sensitive skin

What is sensitive skin?

Whatever your skin type, specific factors might trigger or lead to oversensitivity: Your skin reacts strongly when you’d rather it didn’t…

  • Naturally sensitive skin: Your skin is thin, light, often a little dry; its top layer might get scaly, it flushes easily (maybe the beginning of couperosis)
  • Reactional sensitive skin: Cold, sun, wind, ill-suited cleansers or moisturizers “hurt” your skin. Your skin might react strongly to a peeling or a laser procedure.
  • Occasional skin sensitivity: Skin disorder such as seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea acne…. These situations can increase your skin sensitivity


  • Dehydrated skin: Pulling and discomfort.
  • Dry to very dry skin: Weakening of protective functions, fine lines appear,
  • Combination to oily skin: Small shiny areas around the nose and the upper cheeks.
  • Environmentally sensitive skin: Immediate reaction to the slightest upset.


Sensitivity and sensitization

Sensitivity or intolerance, a matter of degree…
Make the difference : Sensitive skin and sensitized skin.

  • Sensitive skin: Your skin pulls, itches. It reacts strongly to wind, cold, ill-suited products, harsh cleansing or hard water. Sometimes this sensitivity becomes exacerbated: The skin doesn’t experience any relief from standard cosmetic moisturizers. It can’t stand anything. It becomes allergic. It starts to itch, pull, gets red and scaly..
  • Sensitized skin: Certain intolerances to cleansers or moisturizers are in fact true allergies responsible for eczema or urticaria. Consult your physician to find the cause of this allergy.
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