The 5 Signs of Skin Sensitivity

Living with sensitive skin is a life-long journey. The good news is that you’re not alone. In fact, 70% of us admit to having skin that is prone to dryness, irritation, inflammation or adverse reactions. From chemical irritants to environmental conditions, hormonal shifts, stress, and even diet, many factors can trigger or exacerbate skin sensitivities. But when skin needs are as unique as they are personal, how can you tell which sensitive skincare products are right for you? We consulted with dermatologists, scientists and experts to identify 5 signs of skin sensitivity, making caring for your skin even simpler.

Identifying The 5 Signs

of Skin Sensitivity

People with skin sensitivities often have a thinner or damaged barrier layer of skin that allows irritants to penetrate, and moisture to be lost more easily. This is not something you are likely to see, but you will feel it. If you are prone to discomfort, like stinging or burning sensations when using products not designed for sensitive skin, chances are you have a damaged or fragile skin barrier.


Sensitive skin is more likely to react negatively to certain stimuli, which can lead to unpleasant sensations such as stinging, itching and discomfort.

We naturally shed skin all the time, but this process can be impaired for those with sensitive skin, leading to flaky, dull and uneven skin texture.

Taut, stretched or strained skin lacking moisture and hydration can affect nearly 98% of people with sensitive skin.

People with sensitive skin may have a thinner or weakened skin moisture barrier, which allows irritants to penetrate and hydration to escape.

Cetaphil products are designed to improve the resilience of sensitive skin and help defend against dryness, irritation, roughness, tightness and a weakened skin barrier.

Say goodbye to sensitive skin with 3 complete skincare products from Cetaphil

STEP 1 Wash your face thoroughly. 

"Gentle formula cleanser"

Cleanse your face morning and evening with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to wash away dirt, without making your skin dry and tight.

  • Lotion cleanser Face wash formula combines niacinamide (vitamin B3), panthenol (vitamin B5) and glycerin to help restore sensitive skin.
  • 92% of users report a gentle feeling while cleaning their face.*
  • 97% of users feel their skin was immediately hydrated*
  • 100% of volunteers said it was gentle on their skin*
  • Tested by dermatologists. Suitable for sensitive skin and all other skin types.


STEP 2 Nourish your skin, making it soft and moist. 

"Moisturizer" nourishes both morning and night. 

Revitalize dry, dull skin and restore a bright, radiant glow with Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. It produces soft, moist skin and maintains the skin's moisture for 48 hours, helping completely restore the skin’s natural moisture in just 1 week of use.

  • Enriched with nourishing sweet almond oil. Vitamin B3, vitamin B5 and glycerin help restore strength to sensitive skin.
  • Restores the skin's protective barrier in 3-7 days.
  • 97% of users say their skin was more hydrated.
  • Confirmed by dermatologists as gentle for sensitive skin.


STEP 3 Protect your skin all day.

"Lightweight sunscreen"

Protect your skin from sunlight and pollution all day. During the day, use Cetaphil Sun SPF 50+ Light Gel.

  • This high-performance sunscreen gel protects your skin and keeps it moist.
  • The SPF 50+ PA++++ formula protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. 
  • The waterproof formula is also resistant to sweat and seawater.


Three easy steps for healthy skin with Cetaphil. It's not difficult at all. First, check to see if you have sensitive skin. Then accelerate your recovery and restore healthy skin using skincare products designed for people with sensitive skin. Your skin will emerge stronger. And you will be confident no matter how many makeup styles you try.

^From a survey of 1,667 dermatologists in the United States of America, Dec. 2020 by IQVIA, USA.

*Based on a 4-week continuous clinical study using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser in 39 volunteers, Nov-Dec 2020, by BioScreen Clinical Services, USA.