Sensitive Skin Challenges — Tips for Finding the Perfect Skin Care Products for Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you know how difficult it can be to find products that don't cause irritation. For those with more stable skin, that could change. The epidermis can develop sensitivities at any time and start reacting negatively to environmental factors, as well as ingredients in skin care products. For the optimal health of your skin, keep the following points in mind.

How gentle is your facial cleanser?
First and foremost, use a gentle, water-soluble facial cleanser formulated for your skin type. And look for fewer ingredients, which will lower your chance of having an adverse reaction. (This is a good strategy to use for all the products you put on your skin.)

Your face shouldn't feel tight, dry or greasy after washing, and it shouldn't tingle; a tingly sensation is often a sign of irritation. If you have dry skin, choose an emollient, moisturizing cleanser. Liquid- and gel-based products are better suited for oily and combination skin. And if you're fortunate enough to have "normal" skin, opt for lotion or cream textures.

Is fragrance the culprit?
Though pleasant scents are enticing, fragrance can be irritating to sensitive skin. If you're prone to redness, itchiness or sudden breakouts, you might want to look for products that say "fragrance-free" on the label, especially since many products include fragrance that isn't explicitly identified in the ingredients list.

Should you see a dermatologist?
If your skin shows signs of sensitivity even though you're doing all you can to avoid possible irritants, it may be time to see a dermatologist. He or she can determine if you're dealing with a skin disorder, such as rosacea, eczema or allergic contact dermatitis, and can develop a treatment plan that works for you.

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