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Can sensitive skin be hereditary?

Yes, sensitive skin can be hereditary, meaning it can run in families. In some cases, individuals may inherit a genetic predisposition to sensitive skin from their parents. This may be due to variations in genes that affect the skin's ability to protect itself from environmental stressors or to regulate inflammation. For example, people with fair skin, red hair, or a family history of eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea may be more likely to have sensitive skin.

In addition to genetic factors, sensitive skin can also be influenced by a range of environmental and lifestyle factors. Exposure to harsh environmental factors such as pollution, wind, and sun, as well as the use of certain skincare products, detergents, or cosmetics, can cause skin irritation and sensitivity. Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause can also cause sensitive skin. Stress, certain medications, and medical conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis can also contribute to the development of sensitive skin.

It's important to note that while genetics can play a role in the development of sensitive skin, other factors such as lifestyle, environment, and skincare practices can also contribute to its development. If you have a family history of sensitive skin, it may be helpful to take extra precautions to protect your skin from irritants and to choose skincare products that are gentle and non-irritating.

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