Skincare is complicated enough for most people without having to worry about sensitive skin. After all, we have to figure out what our skin type is while paying close attention to how our skin behaves to products to find a good combination for our skin. That only lasts for so long too as we’ve got to worry about the fact that climate extremes and time will mean our skin’s needs will change at some point and thereby, make us go through the whole process again. Sensitive skin just seems like it exists to complicate matters further. Anyone with sensitive skin can tell you that it is a frustrating experience, but it is possible to care for your skin without it one revision after another to one’s skincare. It is a matter of knowing the basic guidelines for dealing with sensitive skin. Those aren’t that hard to learn. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most common ones so that we can all have a better idea of how to treat both sensitive and sensitized skin.
Stick With Gentle Products
It may seem obvious, but there are particular products out there designed and marketed with sensitive skin in mind. A lot of the time these are marketed as “gentle” or will overtly state that they are “for sensitive skin” on the bottle. The formulas are meant to provide the benefits of the product while utilizing less reactive and potent compounds to avoid accidentally causing a negative reaction. It is particularly important to stay alert when figuring out the right cleanser to use. A surprising amount of cleansers will include traces of salicylic acid in them to aid in their job, but that compound tends to be too potent for sensitive skin. Favor cleansers that use glycolic acid instead as it is less potent. This will help minimize unexpected issues that might otherwise lead to unwelcome skin issues. Admittedly, there are other things anyone with sensitive skin needs to do as well to keep their skin healthy and properly protected.
Yes, wearing sunscreen is important to everyone to keep their skin healthy, but it is especially important to those with sensitive skin. Remember that sensitive skin has a lower overall threshold when it comes to becoming irritated or damaged. That means protecting it properly means giving that much extra focus on the basic ways to do just that and not just on avoiding skin irritating products. The general rules for using and applying sunscreen don’t really change that much for people with sensitive skin. We do wish to encourage looking for non-comedogenic sunscreen though. The formula will help avoid clogging the pores of people with sensitive skin and causing generalized irritation that can lead to broader skin issues. Beyond that, you’ll still need to make sure that the sunscreen you’re using offers broad spectrum protection to help guard against both UVA and UVB rays. Consider using sunscreen that offers SPF 50 instead of SPF 30 too. The extra protection should give sensitive skin a little extra time before problems become evident.
Dry skin and sensitive skin are often part of the same conversation for many people. Skin becomes sensitized as it dries out and people with sensitive skin are more likely to have “dry and sensitive” skin. That means countering the dryness tends to become a major concern when it comes to trying to protect sensitive skin. It needs that natural moisture barrier of your skin to help minimize sensitivity. Without that barrier, sensitive skin just reacts in an even more pronounced way to anything that affects it. We recommend that people with sensitive skin remember to moisturize regularly to help soothe and maintain their skin. It should help minimize problems. The catch here is that they need to be aware of their skin type beyond it being sensitive to properly match the moisturizer to their skin. Creams will work well for anyone with dry skin while lotions will work best for average skin. Hydrating toners are the best for anyone with oily and sensitive skin.
Taking care of sensitive skin can be a frustrating affair for many people. It makes sense given how reactive sensitive skin can become even upon being exposed to a small amount of any given product. Remembering to take this into account with minimal product tests and proper care will go a long way towards helping ensure that sensitive skin remains healthy.