Managing one's sensitive skin is important in relieving the symptoms often associated with this skin condition. Patients with sensitive skin may have several options in treating the condition depending on its causes and which symptoms require treatment. However, preventing symptoms is often the best way to manage sensitive skin.

Sun Protection

To prevent sensitive skin, avoid activities, conditions or environmental factors that may lead to sensitive skin reactions. This is a very commonsensical approach to symptom prevention and is sometimes the best way to avoid reactions. For those who are prone to sun burn or who freckle easily, staying out of the sun or wearing protective sun screen may be key. Sunscreen should be at least SPF 15 to protect from the sun's harmful rays, although a higher SPF may be recommended in cases of severe sensitivity. Certain chemical sunscreens may actually cause allergic reactions, so patients with allergies should ask a dermatologist or skincare professional to recommend a sunscreen.

Food Allergies and Cosmetics

Food allergies may cause the skin to break out in hives. Avoiding these foods is the best way to stop symptoms from occurring. It may also be helpful to read the ingredients of packaged foods. Others experience symptoms when they use certain types of cosmetics. Those with sensitive skin may be encouraged to avoid makeup with too many ingredients (10 or more ingredients is usually considered too many), throw out old makeup, use silicone based foundation, use a face powder with few preservatives and avoid waterproof makeup, as these require solvent to remove. Earth toned eye shadow tends to cause fewer reactions than dark colors, while black eyeliner and mascara appear to be safer than other cosmetics. Meanwhile, liquid eyeliner may contain latex which could lead to an allergic reaction, so pencil eyeliner is a good alternative.

Managing Other Triggers

Some conditions like rosacea may lead to facial redness and other conditions common with sensitive skin. provides further information about rosacea and other common skin diseases. As genetics play a role in many cases of sensitive skin, it is nearly impossible to prevent the problem, but patients may be able to manage their symptoms and prevent flare ups by avoiding activities that may trigger their symptoms.