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5 Signs of Skin Sensitivities

Skin sensitivities aren’t just limited to those with a sensitive skin type. In fact, people of all skin types – normal, oily, dry, or combination, may also experience signs of sensitivities. These include dryness, irritation, inflammation, and discomfort.



Skin sensitivities aren’t just limited to those with a sensitive skin type. In fact, people of all skin types – normal, oily, dry, or combination, may also experience signs of sensitivities. These include dryness, irritation, inflammation, and discomfort.

Identifying the 5 Signs of Skin Sensitivities

The upper layer of the skin functions as a very effective barrier against external aggressions. People dealing with skin sensitivities often have a thinner or damaged skin barrier that allows irritants to penetrate and for moisture to be lost.



If you feel stinging or burning sensations when using certain skincare products, it means they are not suitable for your skin and/or you may have a damaged or fragile skin barrier.

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Unpleasant sensations such as redness, itching, burning, and stinging can be seen and felt. These could be a result of dry skin, eczema or even contact with allergens like harsh soaps, laundry detergents, makeup, or pollution.



Irritation may make you want to scratch; however, scratching disrupts the skin barrier and promotes inflammations. Soothe your skin instead by using the right hypoallergenic skincare products for you.

Often occurring hand in hand with dryness, flaky, dull, patchy, and uneven skin texture is another visible sign of skin sensitivity. Such irregularities affect your overall skin quality and may lead to discomfort and distress.

Dry skin is commonly both a visible and sensorial indicator of skin sensitivity. A weakened skin barrier creates an ineffective seal on the skin’s surface, leading to skin dehydration. The right skincare products restore a healthy skin barrier and sustainably hydrate the skin over time. 

Taut. Stretched. Strained. These sensations on your skin are often caused by using harsh products, particularly during cleansing, that strip away the skin’s natural protective oils. It indicates that your skin lacks moisture and hydration and may cause further discomfort if not properly cared for.

Cetaphil - Hypoallergenic Skincare that Defends Against 5 Signs of Skin Sensitivity

Cetaphil’s range of gentle cleansers and nourishing moisturisers support the skin’s natural barrier, while boosting skin hydration and soothing irritation.


Carefully formulated using selected ingredients like soothing pro-vitamin B5, and nourishing natural oils like shea butter, avocado oil and almond oil, Cetaphil helps you take control of your skin’s needs while defending against skin sensitivities.


For almost 75 years, Cetaphil has worked with dermatologists and healthcare professionals to develop and test products. Through rigorous clinical testing (involving over 1500 people) Cetaphil was proven very effective against the 5 Signs of Skin Sensitivities: weakened skin barrier, irritation, roughness, dryness and tightness.


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser actively hydrates as it cleans all skin types without stripping the skin’s natural oils, and Cetaphil’s Moisturising Cream is clinically proven to keep skin hydrated for up to 48 hours* and effectively restore weakened skin barriers. 



Defend against the 5 Signs of Skin Sensitivities. Try Cetaphil’s range of tried, tested, and recommended formulas and give your skin the complete care it deserves.