Things Everyone With Sensitive Skin Should Know
Sensitive skin can be an actual pain to care for. There are so many things to consider: What products should you use? What products should you avoid? How do you get rid of the redness?
Dermatologists describe people with sensitive skin as “individuals who consider themselves to be more intolerant of topical preparations and environmental conditions,” Slater says.
Texture: “Delicate skin may be thinner than average skin types.”
Tightness: “Sensitive skin tends to be tighter, which indicates dehydration.”
Redness/blotches: “Sensitive skin tends to be red or blotchy because the capillary action (the ability of a liquid to flow to the skin) may be over-reactive.
Flakiness/cracking: “Coincides with dehydrated skin.”
Small rash-like bumps: “Not to be confused with breakouts.”
What are the most common triggers of skin sensitivity?
And although it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact ingredients that irritate the skin, there are some common ones that should be avoided. Seriously, avoid these at all costs:
Strong acids: AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), especially glycolic acid, ascorbic acid, and salicylic acid
Strong alkali: Soap and sodium hydroxide
Anionic surfactants: Sodium lauryl sulfate
Chemical sunscreens and emulsifiers
Remember to always read the label, and note that the ingredients higher up on the list have a greater concentration in the product.
What ingredients should you look for when buying products for sensitive skin?
When it comes to buying products for sensitive skin, Slater says, “only buy products that contain no artificial fragrance, artificial mineral oils, alcohol, artificial colours, and lanolin”. Yes, this is possible. You will need products that will calm inflammation, reduce redness, and soothe irritation.