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What can cause skin irritation?

People with sensitive skin may find their skin reacts easily to various substances, becoming red, itchy, and inflamed or breaking out into a rash or hives.

Common sources of skin irritation:
  • ingredients in skin care products or detergents, such as preservatives, fragrances, or dyes
  • weather changes or patterns, such as heat, cold, humidity, sun, and wind
  • metals in jewelry, such as nickel or silver
  • plants, such as poison ivy or oak, grasses, or flowers

People with skin allergies or sensitive skin should use hypoallergenic products and avoid exposure to known skin irritants. If you have sensitive skin or skin allergies, see your healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

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