The Difference Between Sensitive And Sensitised Skin — The Ultimate Skincare Guide For All Types Of Sensitive Skin

Our love for beauty is already a given. Considering the fact that we’re constantly tapped into the never-ending newness of the beauty industry, finding the right skincare product that works is a struggle that we’ve been constantly battling with — especially when it comes to hypersensitive skin.

If you’re looking for a quick fix that gives your hypersensitive skin the TLC it truly deserves, you’re in luck. Ahead, we’ve broken down what you need to know about sensitive and sensitised skin, its differences and how you can take control of all your sensitive skin needs with Avène’s latest range of dermatologically-approved products.


Let’s dive into the point — having sensitive skin and sensitised skin are two completely different conditions. Though they may be often mistaken to be the same thing, people with sensitive skin are born with it, whereas those with sensitised skin have it as a result of their daily habits and other environmental factors.



Sensitive skin can be both painful and noticeable — and if you’re one of the few, you’d understand the struggle when it comes to finding products that would suit your skin type. With naturally sensitive skin, it’s important to be more selective with the products you use; opting for more minimal and gentle formulas that are made with safe ingredients.

Most commonly passed down through generations, people with sensitive skin are more cautious of the products they use — of which includes those that are prone to asthma and allergies and others with post-procedure skin. When faced with a product that doesn’t agree with them, people with naturally sensitive skin tend to experience:

  • Tightness
  • Redness
  • And are easily irritated by products such as harsh soaps, perfume, etc. 


If you’re bearing the brunt of your genetic inheritance, building on a sensitive skincare range like Avène’s new Tolerance Extreme range could just be your best bet in achieving skin that’s clear.

Avène Tolerance Extreme Emulsion ($69.90)

To bump up your skincare routine, consider one of Avène’s star products from the Tolerance Extreme range — the Tolerance Extreme Emulsion. Applied after cleansing, this newly formulated emulsion hydrates the skin with its lightweight formula that includes just 6 essential ingredients that’s safe to be used on your skin on the daily.

Avène Tolerance Extreme range (L – R): Tolerance Extreme Cleansing Lotion ($59.90), Tolerance Extreme Emulsion ($69.90), Tolerance Extreme Cream ($69.90), Tolerance Extreme Mask ($69.90)

Other products from the range also include a Tolerance Extreme Cleansing Lotion suited for all sensitive skin, Tolerance Extreme Cream for dry, dehydrated skin, and Tolerance Extreme Mask to revitalise and invigorate your skin.

With different products catered to cleansing, removing makeup, soothing or even protecting and hydrating, the Tolerance Extreme range is designed with ingredients that mimic the skin’s composition while refining the texture for greater affinity with the skin. Additionally, with the skincare brand’s promise of using a maximum of 7 ingredients in each product, you don’t need to be wary of confusing ingredients list or fear reacting to unsavoury items.

For instance, the brand’s iconic Avène Thermal Spring Water that’s found in every formula. The Thermal Spring Water by Avène has been said to provide pure natural relief for sensitive skin that’s been clinically shown to soothe and soften red, sensitive, or irritated skin — plus, it’s also safe for infants, children and adults.



Believe it or not — people with normal skin, may sometimes have sensitised skin too. No thanks to external factors which include unsuitable products and other external aggressors, the skin might experience a reaction when exposed to external irritants which may cause the skin to flare up.

Most commonly caused by factors that include environmental stressors; cold sun exposure, pollution, i.e., lifestyle habits; stress, diet, smoking, alcohol, or even rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. It can also occur when a product doesn’t agree your skin. Those with sensitised skin will experience:

  • Pain, tingling
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Peeling
  • Redness


Avène Intolerant Skin range (L – R): Skin Recovery Cream ($40.70) and Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion ($30.50)

“It works wonders for others, but will it work for my skin?” Ah, the perpetual fear of incorporating something new into your skincare routine. We know — it may be a little terrifying for some, but sourcing out the right solution to fix that rash of yours, or even your eczema-prone skin definitely deserves an extra thought.

What’s best about Avène’s Intolerant Skin Range for sensitised skin is the fact that it’s good for calming the skin especially when it’s been through a recent inflammation.

In this range, you’ll find a key ingredient, otherwise known as Parcerine, which provides instant calming relief for sensitive skin reactions such as rashes, itchiness, tingling and tightness. Basically the ingredient results in skin that’s less reactive, calm and well-protected over time.

Avène Skin Recovery Cream ($40.70)

Otherwise known as Avène’s star product, the Skin Recovery Cream from the Intolerant Skin range provides instant calming and relief for intolerant, irritated or reactive skin. Besides protecting the skin, the cream also goes on smoothly, leaving a texture that’s neither sticky nor shiny.

Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion ($30.50)

Say, you’re one who loves wearing make-up but you’re incessantly worrying about cleansing and thoroughly removing all the make-up from your face. A fuss-free solution? Enter Avène’s new contender, the Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion.

Cleanses and removes makeup? Check. Calms irritation? Check. Not to mention, it’s also formulated with a minimal list of ingredients for a gentle cleanse.


In summary, here’s a quick guide of which product to choose when you…

  • HAVE NATURALLY SENSITIVE SKIN — use Tolerance Extreme for daily maintenance or opt for the Skin Recovery Cream when your skin is suffering from a reaction.
  • HAVE NORMAL SKIN (OCCASIONAL SKIN REACTIONS) — to calm skin from reactions or to stay protected daily, use Avène’s Skin Recovery Cream.
  • HAVE POST-PROCEDURE SKIN – to protect and hydrate skin after a procedure, opt for the brand’s Tolerance Extreme range of products.
  • ARE GOING ABROAD (DIFFERENT TEMPERATURE/ENVIRONMENT) — get accustomed to your environment and stay protected with the Skin Recovery Cream.
  • PREFER A SIMPLE SKINCARE ROUTINE — try any products from Avene’s Tolerance Extreme and/or Intolerant Skin range for an effective skincare routine that requires minimal ingredients and steps!


As with a gamut of cosmetics products in the market, many of them tend to contain preservatives to extend their shelf life and keep them fresh after repeated openings. However, preservatives, can further irritate sensitive skin. In light of hypersensitive skin concerns, Avène has taken an extra step into sterile cosmetics by eliminating preservatives and substances with incidental preservation functions to live up to its rigorous pharmaceutical standards — therefore, keeping a formula that only includes the essential ingredients.

Aside from its minimal formula, Avene has also introduced a revolutionary process to make their products even safer. With the help of their exclusive Sterile Cosmetics technology, the production of Avène’s products — which includes the formulation, production, and final packaging of the product, allows each item to be completely preservative-free!

So if you’re one who loves a fuss-free skincare routine that will keep your skin well-hydrated and protected ’round the clock, and is safe on all skin types too, we can say that Avène will be the first few brands we’ll be reaching out for.


If you’re looking to try out Avene’s new range of products, then you’re in luck. Sign up for Avene’s Instant Skin Comfort Trial Kit and enjoy samples from the range which includes the Skin Recovery Cream, Tolerance Extreme Emulsion and Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion!



The Avène Tolerance Extreme range and Intolerant Skin range will be available at Guardian, Watsons, Unity, National Skin Center and Prices range from $30.50 to $69.90. Follow Avène on Facebook and Instagram, @EauThermaleAveneSG for more updates.