Rosacea is classified as a skin disorder
, or condition, whereas sensitive skin is a skin type
. Other skin disorders
include acne, eczema, and psoriasis and other skin types
include dry, normal, oily, and combination. Rosacea is a chronic disorder (think persistent redness or constant flushing) that usually starts after the age of 30 and symptoms can progress or worsen over time without treatment. Because rosacea is a skin disorder, a dermatologist can provide a diagnosis and treatment options. (Click here
to read more about Rosacea). Sensitive skin, on the other hand, is a skin type that someone is born with that will frequently exhibit inflammation or rashes as a response to many factors. This is because of this skin type's genetic predisposition to irritant response. This is no different than someone with an oily skin type and their predisposition to excessive oil production. Irritant factors for sensitive skin types can be many things including foods, fabrics, and fragrances. And, sensitive skin types tend to experience skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis and non-skin related sensitivities like asthma and allergies as well.