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What's the Difference Between Sensitive and Sensitized Skin?

What's the Difference Between Sensitive and Sensitized Skin?

One of the most common concerns we hear at Savor Beauty + Spa is sensitive skin. Our guests who have irritated and reactive skin often convert from conventional cosmetics to clean beauty, looking for natural solutions. 

What most people don’t know is that there is a difference between sensitive and sensitized skin. Below, we outline the main differences. 

Sensitive skin

Usually a genetic predisposition, sensitive skin appears thinner or has a frail protective barrier, which can lead to easily irritated skin. This can look like flushed skin with broken capillaries, pustules, papules or feel painful from tightness or dryness.

Those who have sensitive skin can also have rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, which is diagnosed by a dermatologist. Sensitive skin can be remedied with a prescription from your doctor, though some of our guests turn to holistic methods like diet change, alternative medicine, or gentle beauty routine detoxes.

Sensitized skin

Sensitized skin mimics sensitive skin: broken capillaries, breakouts, redness, or tightness. The main difference is that sensitized skin is caused by environmental factors, lifestyle, diet, or overly active beauty routines.

One of the skin's functions is to prevent bacteria or harsh environmental factors from entering. A weakened barrier is more likely to get inflamed. For example, over-exfoliating can strip your skin of the natural flora that fights off bacteria.

How can sensitized skin be remedied?

  1. Use products free of known irritants. Many greenwashing companies claim to have "natural" skincare, but the truth is in the ingredients list. Savor Beauty has been formulating all of our products with natural ingredients and never with parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, or ethoxylated byproducts.
  2. Give your skin a break and cut down the routine. In a world of 20-step routines, we want to simplify your everyday me-time with skincare that is multi-treatment, require fewer steps, and nourish your skin.
  3. Find balance in your habits. Your skin can be one of the first places that indicate you've been naughty. If you need a midnight snack to get you through the night, go for something light in sugar, gluten-free, and baked not fried. Your skin will thank you.

Quick Recap:

Sensitive Skin

  • Usually genetic or passed down
  • Rosacea, eczema or psoriasis
  • Broken capillaries, pustules, or papules
  • Skin looks thin (you can see veins)
  • Flushed skin, hot to the touch

Sensitized Skin

  • Mimics sensitive skin, but is caused by environmental factors, lifestyle, or diet
  • Broken capillaries, pustules or papules
  • Skin is irritated from over-exfoliation or imbalanced routine


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