There’s oily skin, dry skin and the combination in between. But of course, there is also sensitive skin to deal with. Sensitive skin knows no bounds, and sometimes it is harder than regular skin issues, as reactions can be painful and difficult to deal with.
Sensitive skin is any type of skin that might have a reaction to a certain ingredient, whether it’s in the form of acne breakouts, eczema, contact dermatitis or rosacea. Each type of skin sensitivity is different and needs to be treated accordingly.
Here are four tips as to how to proceed with your sensitive skin:
Read product labels: Those with sensitive skin should always be looking at the labels of the products they want to use on their faces and bodies to make sure they won’t aggravate it. If your skin is sensitive, avoid products with alcohols, alpha-hydroxy acids, fragrances and antibacterial ingredients. Don’t trust the word “hypoallergenic,” either – this is a claim that isn’t regulated by any health organization.
Stick to products that have proven to work:. Steer clear of harsh soaps and instead opt for gentler products, such as our 24K milk cleanser. Moisturizers, as long as they don’t contain the trigger ingredients that your sensitive skin reacts to, are usually safe and necessary to protect and hydrate your skin. Moisturizing masks may be helpful, but steer clear of peels that may irritate.
Test the products before using them:. Depending on what you’re using, doing a test run of a product may help prevent the long-term pain of product reactions. Some items that are for one-time use, like hair dyes and hair removal creams, recommend doing a swatch test 24 hours before application to test for sensitivities. However, that may not be enough time for products for daily use. You may need up to five days to see how your skin will react with regular usage.
See a dermatologist when problems occur: Although most people with sensitive skin will keep going through products until they find one that works without irritation, sometimes you need serious medical treatment to go alongside them if your skin condition is chronic. A dermatologist may be able to diagnose the root of your problem and offer prescription treatments for serious issues like psoriasis and dermatitis.