Soothe Your
Sensitive Skin

Is your skin prone to redness? Do you break out in itchy rashes after using certain skincare products or as a result of extreme weather conditions? If so, you are one of the many people who suffer from sensitive skin. These six sensitive skin dos and dont's will help keep your skin smooth and clear.

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DO: Test products on a small patch of skin before applying all over your face or body. Apply a small amount of the product on your arm and leave it there for a 24-hour period to determine if it has an adverse effect.

DON'T: Assume that a product labeled "natural" or "hypoallergenic" means that it won't cause irritation. You might be surprised at the products that may or may not work with your skin type.

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DO: Talk to your dermatologist about your skin sensitivity issues. The redness, itchiness or dryness you are experiencing may be due to skin conditions such as rosacea or exczema. Your dermatologist will help identify and treat any serious skin issues you may not have been aware of.

DON'T: Try to diagnose your own skin problems. You may think you're treating a problem with a product that's actually causing the sensitivity. Always consult with your dermatologist when starting a new skincare regime.



DO: Use products that contain no added fragrances or perfumes. These irritants can exacerbate skin sensitivity. Be sure to check the ingredients. Surprisingly, products listed as "unscented" can still contain fragrances.

DON'T: Give up and think you're doomed to a life of fragrance-free stinkiness. Since you can't put fragrance directly on your skin, try spritzing perfume on your clothing for a fresh and non-irritating way to smell great.

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DO: Consider using baby cleansing products such as California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and Body Wash for yourself. Sensitive baby products are formulated for extremely sensitive skin, and work equally well for babies and adults.

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DON'T: Use too much soap, which can be drying and irritating to sensitive skin. In fact, dermatologists recommend that those with sensitive skin avoid excessive showering or bathing-- and skip the hot water, which opens pores and results in increased moisture loss.



DO: Use natural and unscented laundry detergent.

DON'T: Forget that chemicals on your clothing can be just as irritating to sensitive skin as products applied directly on your body.



DO: Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen formulated for sensitive skin.

DON'T: Expose unprotected skin to excess sunlight. This can trigger skin sensitivity, especially for those who suffer from rosacea.

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Comments on "6 Sensitive skin dos and don’ts"

Audriana Paulina CA May 11, 2012 | 1:10 PM

I have really sensitive skin; it reacts poorly to almost everything (including hard water), it is dry in spots and oily in others, and it definitely sees a blemish from time to time. I've tried just about every product out there because I am easily swayed by advertisements for new organic facial products, but I always come back to the Made from Earth products, especially their Green Tea Toxin Cleanser. Unlike most products for 'troubled' skin, which contain harsh salicycle acid, the Made from Earth Green Tea Cleanser doesn't make my break-outs worse at all. It's oil free, so even after a long day my nose doesn't feel slick, and it's nice and light so it goes great under make-up. If your skin is like mine, I recommend the pH Equilibtant Moisturizer (also from Made from Earth). That regiment keeps me clear, soft, and smelling fresh.

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