sensitive skin

Sensitive Skin


Dermatologically, there is no actual definition for sensitive skin. Sensitive skin is a layman phrase used to describe the skin conditions of people with generally low tolerance to cosmetics and personal care products or the environment as they easily break out in rashes or get blotchy, itchy or a stinging pain from using or applying such products.


Sensitive skin can appear in several different forms such as:

  • Stinging, itching, or a burning sensation. However, these symptoms are subjective and not everyone appears to have them.
  • Visible skin changes such as redness, bumps, hives, peeling skin, dryness and scaling.

Usually, most complaints of sensitive skin are in regard to the facial area and hands, since the eyes, nose and mouth are areas that are more sensitive, and the hands are most often exposed to overwashing and more harsh chemicals.However, other parts such as the armpits, groin and genital area may also be sensitive as these areas have slightly thinner skin around them.


The outermost layer of your skin, also known as the epidermis, is a protective barrier that helps keep harmful substances out and most importantly- locking moisture in. Sometimes, however, this protective barrier may be weakened, hence,leaving your skin susceptible to external irritants that may cause a reaction on your skin.

causes of sensitive skin


Usually, the cause of sensitive skin may be diagnosed based on the history of the condition, and the clinical examination by your dermatologist.The doctor may recommend several tests such as s skin biopsy or patch tests, depending on the history of the condition and examination, and it is good to discuss with your doctor the needs of testing, and what it can and cannot diagnose.


For people with sensitive skin and for which no underlying cause can be found, or who need to maintain their skin condition in remission, a good skincare routine is recommended, by which you can protect your skin from irritation.

  • Confirm your diagnosis with your doctor – if it is not improving, or getting worse, then you need to seek advice and maybe look for alternatives or rarer diagnoses.
  • Be aware of any triggers and avoid them.
  • Avoid scratching.
  • Be sure you know what you are applying on your skin is safe.
  • Use soap-free cleansers.
  • Keep your skin hydrated! Use an itch-relieving moisturiser such as Suu Balm and be sure to moisturise frequently throughout the day – meaning 3-4 times at a minimum!
  • Use sun protection.


There are many different moisturisers on the market, and it can be very difficult to understand which is right for sensitive skin. Generally, moisturisers are either creams, which are mixtures of oils and water, though some are based on paraffin, and are called ointments (these are typically thicker and greasier).

Firstly, you need to apply the moisturiser frequently, so you need to choose one that you are comfortable applying frequently; for example, some people find thicker products difficult to use, because it is unpleasant to get dressed afterwards, or go out in hot weather after applying. Therefore, try out a cream and find one that goes on easily, so that you can get on with your day, and so that you will actually apply it as often as you should!

Secondly, you need to consider the ingredients: there are many potentially irritating ingredients used in cosmetic products (moisturisers are generally considered cosmetics from a product regulation perspective). Some preservatives, including some parabens, fall into this category, as well as ingredients to adjust the acid / base balance of the cream, for example sodium hydroxide. People with sensitive skin also need to be careful with plant extracts, some of which can be irritating to the skin, and which are often contained in products to give them a “natural” image, or because they are organic in origin. On the other hand, there are ingredients that are beneficial, such as ceramides and filaggrin breakdown products, which aim to repair the damaged skin barrier and restore its normal function, thereby improving moisture retention in the skin.

Finally, consider if there are additional benefits to the moisturiser, such as itch relief. Menthol in small amounts is very effective at relieving itch associated with  any skin conditions that can underlie sensitive skin.


The single most important aspect of the cleanser that you choose is that it is soap free. You will see a lot of products that are marked Soap Free yet contain soap like ingredients (they are classed as detergents, that is ingredients that help break down oils to allow the water to wash them away) that are potentially irritating to sensitive skin. The most frequently used of these are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES).

The notes on ingredients mentioned above in the section on “How to choose a moisturiser” apply also to cleansers. Note that fragrances and colours should also be avoided.If your hands are really dirty, or covered in oil, then you will need to use a little bit of soap – so choose an unperfumed gentle soap sparingly, then dry the skin well, and moisturise straight away.


  • Try to avoid laundry and dish washing detergents by using gloves.
  • Try to avoid getting your hands very greasy or dirty, to reduce the amount of soap you need to use.
  • Foods can irritate the skin (things like potatoes, chilli, citrus fruits are some examples). So again, use gloves or get help!
  • Gardening again exposes the hands to potentially irritating plants, so get help or use a pair of good, tough gardening gloves.

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More often than not, people with sensitive skin types often struggle with other related skin issues such as dry and sensitive skin, itchy sensitive skin and even oily sensitive skin. All of these skin problems stem from just having sensitive skin conditions that can be a real challenge to live with as it disrupts us to live a more carefree life.

However, living with sensitive skin conditions doesn’t have to be a life-long ordeal because Suu Balm has a range of products to meet the needs of even the most ultra-sensitive skin.

Skin-Friendly Formulation for Sensitive Skin Care

Sensitive skin conditions require extra care and attention, and those who suffer from sensitive skin problems are not as free to use just any kind of product on their skin.

Formulated by an expert dermatologist at the National Skin Centre in Singapore, Suu Balm has come a long way in formulating sensitive skin products that will help to relieve and soothe various sensitive skin types. The range of sensitive skin products includes body care, facial care, scalp care and even products for the kids.

With sensitive skin care in mind, all of Suu Balm’s soothing body wash to cooling creams for sensitive skin are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and do not contain harsh ingredients such as parabens, sulfate, soap, SLS, SLES and other nasty preservatives.

These harsh ingredients are known to trigger sensitive skin problems that cause flare ups, breakouts, dry patchy skin and rashes or irritation. Continuing to use products that contain ingredients not suitable for your skin can eventually make you go from having only mildly sensitive skin to hypersensitive skin.

So, it might be time to switch your old body care and skincare routine up with Suu Balm’s products for your much-needed sensitive skin treatment.

Start with a Soothing Body Wash as Your First Sensitive Skin Treatment

Most of us who suffer from sensitive skin problems are inclined to use products that are suitable for our sensitive skin type. More often than not, there are many products out there including body washes that claim to be nourishing for the skin but are just not working for us.

That is why Suu Balm has come up with the Dual Cooling & Moisturising Cream Body Wash, which is a body wash that is designed to be ultra gentle and nourishing even for extremely sensitive skin types.

It is an ideal gentle body cleanser for sensitive skin and will leave your skin feeling soothed, moisturised and refreshed with its dual cooling and moisturising formula. This body cleanser for sensitive skin matches the skin’s natural pH and contains five moisturising ingredients, including rich shea butter and sodium hyaluronate for healthy, moisturised skin. Whereas the natural menthol soothes and provides cooling relief for dry sensitive skin and itchy sensitive skin.

The Best Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin

After cleansing your body with the Dual Cooling & Moisturising Cream Body Wash, you’re going to want to follow up with a good moisturiser for sensitive skin. Together with the Suu Balm Rapid Itch Relief Moisturiser, they make the perfect pairing for the ultimate sensitive skin treatment.

This cream for dry skin is not just meant for itchy skin as its name suggests but is designed even for those who suffer from sensitive skin conditions, ranging from dry sensitive skin to sensitive painful skin.

This is because this top selling moisturiser for sensitive skin is formulated with menthol for rapid, cooling relief in 5 minutes as well as 5 types of skin-identical ceramides that replenish the skin barrier for a soothing relief that your sensitive skin condition needs to stay healthy and happy. Besides restoring the skin’s barrier, the skin-identical ceramides also work to lock in optimum moisture in the skin to prevent further dryness to sensitive skin conditions.

Other than functioning as a body lotion for sensitive skin, the Rapid Itch Relief Moisturiser can also be applied as an everyday hand lotion for sensitive skin.

Not only that but the Suu Balm Rapid Itch Relief Moisturiser is lightweight and non-sticky, making it suitable to use frequently in our hot, humid weather. This moisturiser could easily be one of the best moisturisers for sensitive skin in Malaysia with its amazing, high-performing, sensitive skin-friendly and nourishing ingredients.

Looking for the Best Skincare for Sensitive Skin?

For someone who struggles with sensitive skin on the face, finding the best face products for sensitive skin can be a huge challenge, making it hard for us to achieve healthy, supple and soft skin.

Worry not! Besides a body care range, Suu Balm also has an ultra gentle range of skincare for sensitive skin, which include a face cleanser for sensitive skin and a facial moisturiser for sensitive skin.

Firstly, the Suu Balm Gentle Moisturising Facial Cleanser is highly suitable for sensitive skin on the face. Unlike most facial cleansers, Suu Balm’s is hypoallergenic and matches healthy skin’s pH.

Not only that, but this face cleanser for sensitive skin also contains a luscious and creamy formulation thanks to its star ingredient, shea butter alongside its unique water retaining technology. So, as you cleanse the sensitive skin on your face, it is also getting the moisturising goodness and pampering that it needs without leaving your skin feeling tight.

With all of these benefits put together, this probably makes the Suu Balm Gentle Moisturising Facial Cleanser one of the best cleansers for sensitive skin in Malaysia.

Couple Your Facial Cleanser with a Face Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin

After cleansing with the Suu Balm Gentle Moisturising Facial Cleanser, follow up your skincare routine for sensitive skin with the Suu Balm Cooling Itch Relief Facial Moisturiser.

This moisturiser could easily be one of the best face moisturisers for dry and sensitive skin because of its nourishing, premium ingredients. Though the name suggests that it’s for itchy skin, the Cooling Itch Relief Facial Moisturiser is also designed for most sensitive skin types.

This face moisturiser for sensitive skin is formulated with a combination of skin-identical ceramides, northern truffle and safflower extracts, which work together to moisturise and repair sensitive skin problems naturally while reducing red spots and relieving facial irritation almost instantly without stinging the eyes. Upon each application, the skin barrier is restored to a healthy state, leaving your sensitive skin condition looking great and feeling healthy!

To top it off, the award winning Cooling Itch Relief Facial Moisturiser is also a non-sticky and lightweight moisturiser for sensitive skin. This means that this moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin is suitable to apply daily in Malaysia’s hot and humid climate!

Also, Cooling Itch Relief Facial Moisturiser is safe and suitable for newborn onwards. So if your baby is experiencing sensitive skin or rashes, feel free to apply it on your baby too.

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