- discomfort after using skincare products or cosmetics
- excessive dryness and flaking
- reactions including erosion, bumps, or pustules
- redness and a tendency to flush or blush easily
What makes living with sensitive skin even more frustrating is how difficult it can be to pinpoint the exact ingredients or environmental factors affecting your skin. No FDA regulations state what constitutes a hypoallergenic product. That means individuals with sensitive skin must do their best to read the ingredients on product labels and try to keep track of those that potentially irritated their skin before.
Tips for Managing Skin Sensitivity
- Avoid Chemical Sunscreen
Sunscreen is a must for everyone, but those with sensitive skin should avoid chemical formulations. Look for products listing only zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as an active ingredient.
- Take Warm Showers
Exposing your skin to too much heat can dry it out and worsen flare-ups.
- Go Fragrance-Free
Ingredients in fragrances don’t have to be listed on packaging. Avoid scented soaps, moisturizers, and cosmetics. Most fragrant soaps also contain harsh detergents.
- Avoid Mint and Citrus Essential Oils
Natural fragrances should be safe, but these two can irritate sensitive skin.
- Inspect Your Diet
Even if a particular food doesn’t upset your stomach, it could cause inflammation in your skin. For many, dairy can cause skin flare-ups.
- Avoid Sulfates
Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate’s bubbling action helps remove dirt and oil, but also irritates sensitive skin.