Sensitive skin is not the same as reactive skin. There’s more to it than flareups and breakouts. Skin reflects what is going on inside us, especially our emotions. The emerging field of psychodermatology seeks to address mental and emotional issues as causal factors in skin conditions. Rather than applying chemicals onto the skin, it looks to resolve skin problems with a holistic approach, based on the exquisite sensitivity of the skin to emotional and lifestyle factors. Reactive skin is a sign that we are out of balance; it is not necessarily an indication that we need prescription medications for our skin.

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