Beauty How-To: Treat Your Sensitive Skin

Your foundation makes you break out, your eye shadow makes you itch, and that fragrant new lotion gives you a rash. These daily trials have now left you as irritated as your sensitive and allergy-prone skin. With some careful label reading and a list of irritants, you’ll be able to calm your skin… and your nervs.
Identify Your Sensitivity:
There are four major types of sensitive skin: burning and stinging responses, acne breakouts, rosacea, and skin reactions to irritants and allergies. Allergic rashes are often caused by dyes, preservatives and fragrances, while acne breakouts can be the result of pore-clogging makeup or oily soap.

Go Beyond Labels:
Learn what formulas your skin reacts negatively to, and avoid those products. For skin allergies, which typically result in rashes or bumps, a dermatologist can do a patch test to find the precise ingredients you need to eliminate from your regimen.

Forget the Soap:
You already know that washing your face daily is important because it removes makeup, dirt, and excess oil. But if your soap is a culprit for causing irritations, washing your face is doing more harm than good. The alkaline properties in soap don’t react well with acidic skin. Soaps can also leave a film of soap scum and carbonate salts, which do more damage.

Find an Alternative:
Look for synthetic cleansers, formulated for sensitive skin. Non-comedogenic cleansers work for acne prone skin, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free for allergy issues, and chamomile to help reduce inflammation in rosacea.

Soothe Your Skin With the Right Moisturizer:
Once again, you should look for formulas that suit your skin sensitivity. DermaDoctor allows you to search for products by condition, including nickel and paraben allergies. Dermatologists frequently recommend Eucerin and Curel products, both of which offer formulas to suit your skin type.

Choose Makeup That Won’t Irritate:
Those with acne-prone sensitive skin should look for oil-free, fragrance-free products. Go for a powder rather than liquid makeup as a general rule for sensitive skin. Also avoid waterproof formulas, as harsher soaps are needed to remove them.