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Sensitive Skin: What is the Cause?


There are two types: sensitive skin (genetic) and sensitized skin (external cause). In either case, there is a significant increase in the number of sensitive skins caused by increased exposure to pollution, stress and chemicals.


Many are overly committed to caring for their skin, and therefore use too many which leads them to develop irritation and sensitivity. Additionally, cleansing too religiously and exfoliating often leads to exposed skin which is prone to developing sensitivity.



 


Do's:

1. Use moisturizers with humectants and barrier strengthening ingredients like aloe, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and beta glucan.


    2. Use sulfate free cleansers as they are the harshest cleansing ingredients. For details, please refer to our blog on sulfates (click here)


    3. Introduce new products slowly and not all at once, so you can better pinpoint any problems

    • For those with especially sensitive complexions, try products using a patch test (i.e. on the side of you face)


    4. To reduce risk of irritation, stick to one moisturizer and serum with ingredients that build up skin's barrier, like peptides or niacin. Using too ingredients in your daily routine can increase the chance of allergic reaction.



    Don't :

    1. Use moisturizers with humectants and barrier strengthening ingredients like aloe, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and beta glucan.


    2. Generally, avoid any artificial fragrance, dyes and preservatives like parabens. They often cause allergic reactions (red bumps) 

     

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