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Why Does My Skin Hurt When It’s Touched?

Have you noticed that your skin hurts when someone touches it? Has your skin become increasingly sensitive lately? There could be many different reasons that your skin hurts when it is touched. Skin hypersensitivity is a real condition that could show up in many forms.

Health Conditions That Cause Skin Sensitivity


Allodynia is a nerve-related form of skin sensitivity that results from lightly touching skin or brushing your hair. Things that typically would not otherwise cause pain like gentle pressure or light stimuli can be very painful for people with allodynia. While this could be related to other forms of skin conditions, it is typically caused by other underlying conditions like fibromyalgia.

Skin Disorders like Eczema, Rosacea, & Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Eczema, rosacea, and allergic contact dermatitis are also common causes of skin being sensitive to the touch.  Eczema symptoms usually show up in the form of red, dry, and itchy skin that result from excessive inflammation. There are several different types of eczema, but one common theme is that people who have it have skin that is incredibly sensitive to touch. Rosacea and allergic contact dermatitis are two other skin conditions that may cause extreme skin sensitivity. People with these skin conditions may experiences period of flares and remission, but it is important to note that skin will likely be painful to touch during a flare.

Sunburn and Skin Sensitivity

Sunburns can cause some of the most intense forms of skin sensitivity. With extra fluid and swelling, skin stretches, making it thinner and much more sensitive than normal. People who recently spent outdoors in the sun and those with exceptionally fair skin may be more susceptible to sunburns. It is therefore crucial to wear sunscreen all the time, regardless of whether the sun is out. Additionally, consider wearing sunscreen on not only your face but also your hands to prevent sun damage and skin sensitivity.

Cold Weather & Hot Water

Dry skin is always more sensitive than moisturized, hydrated skin. Excessive exposure to cold and extreme heat (i.e., very hot showers, washing hands with scalding hot water) can dry out one’s skin and strip it of its natural oils. Dry skin tends to flake and peel, which makes it more prone to sensitivity and pain if someone touches it. To prevent this, avoid going outside without gloves when it is really cold outside in the dead of winter. Also be careful not to wash your hands with very hot water and wear gloves when doing the dishes. Another pro-tip is to be aware of how often you wash your hands in general. While staying sanitized is a major priority, it is important to not overdo it, as this can also lead to dryness.

Skincare Products

If you have an allergy to certain ingredients, it is possible that skincare products could cause your skin to be sensitive to touch. It is therefore crucial to read all the ingredients on the product label before using it on your body. Some people may think this only applies to facial skincare, but the same goes for hand creams and foot creams. Applying a cream to your body with chemicals that you could be allergic to is a recipe for skin sensitivity and even allergic reactions. One of the best ways to stay safe with skin creams is to use products that are made with all natural ingredients.

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