Sensitised Skin vs Sensitive Skin

Sensitised Skin vs Sensitive Skin


Is your skin constantly red, flushed and irritated and you can’t seem to figure out why or how to treat it? Well this may be because your confusing your sensitised skin for sensitive skin…or the other way around. There are many misconceptions in the world of skincare and this would be one of the biggest…so this week we are going to educate you on the difference between the two.

Fun fact, 60% of the population consider themselves as having sensitive skin, however for many this is not the case. The majority of people who class themselves as having sensitive skin actually have sensitised skin, an irritating skin condition that has developed over time due to environmental factors, lifestyle choices and the wrong skincare products or regime. On the other hand, sensitive skin is genetic and this skin type has a true genetic makeup, those that have sensitive skin tend to come from a long line of family members that also have sensitive skin.

As Skin Therapists, we believe that it is important to properly evaluate, consult, and educate our clients so that they know the difference between the two and so that we can heal and treat their skin. The hard part about these two is they have very similar symptoms, so we understand why clients get confused.

How do we tell the difference?

Sensitised Skin

Sensitised skin is when your skin begins to become reactive due to an impaired barrier. Typically the impaired barrier of sensitised skins can be contributed to one or more of the following internal and external factors: internal and external pro-inflammatory aggressors, overuse of chemical and manual exfoliants, changes in medication use, poor diet, poor toxin elimination, inadequate water intake, overexposure to the sun and extreme weather conditions, and the use of incorrect products on the skin. It is important for us to consult you properly and assess which one applies to you, being able to establish that a clients skin is merely temporarily sensitised allows us to stop, slow down, and repair your broken-down barrier in order to return your skin to its normal, functioning state.

If you are suffering from Sensitised skin, firstly you need to keep your skincare routine simple and eliminate anything from your routine that is causing irritation. Rehydrating your skin and repairing your skins natural barrier is essential when treating sensitised skin.

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin runs much deeper than that of skin that simply reacts to products and treatments. Clients with this skin type also tend to suffer from non-related skin sensitivities such as allergies, asthma, and flushing or blushing of the skin. They are typically also accustomed to experiencing other forms of skin rashes on the body such as eczema, rosacea, and other forms of dermatitis. Sensitive skin is not something that can ever truly be fixed as it is genetic. Fortunately, it can be helped. Sensitive skin should also follow a lot of the same guidelines as sensitised skin in regard to home care and lifestyle habits. The symptoms of sensitive skin can be managed by using a specific skincare routine which helps to calm and soothe the complexion. Steer clear of any treatments that may thin out the skin further, such as acids or peels. Instead, focus on hydrating, calming products that do not damage the skin barrier.

Our Top 4 Products To Help


Medik8 Calmwise Soothing Cleanser; this cleanser has a PH balanced formula which will allow you to gently cleanse away the impurities from the day. It contains natural green chlorophyll, which helps to detoxify and restore balance to the skin.

Medik8 Calmwise Serum; this serum contains teprenone, a patented active ingredient that is effective in visibly toning down redness in just 1 month! Its a soothing recipe of 7 ingredients to calm redness in your skin and bring intensive relief to sensitive skin. This serum will also make your skin more youthful!

Medik8 Calmwise Colour Correct; this product is great for everyday soothing of the skin. This serum has 6 amazing actions that restore sensitised skin to a normal function state. It is packed with green fading pigments that blend in to your skin tone, making it ideal to camouflage any redness, while also treating its causes. The ingredient Niacinamide stimulates the synthesis of ceramides (natural lipids found in the skin) to help restore the skin’s barrier, while calming chamomile reduces inflammation.

Medik8 Physical Sunscreen; a broad spectrum sunscreen is a MUST when keep an impaired skin barrier protected.


Our range of skin treatments we offer are fully customisable to suit your skin whether it be sensitised or sensitive, with these skins it is best to have a consultation and determine the best treatment course. Our consultations are complimentary, we are here to help!

Love, Skin Management Club x