Sensitive skin is caused by a number of factors, from skin disorders to hormonal changes to aggressively treating your skin. According to research from the Environmental Working Group in Washington D.C., the average woman uses 12 different products with 168 unique ingredients every day. In order to calm your complexion, it is important to start by understanding the ingredients in the products you are using.
The number one ingredient found in most toners and creams is alcohol. Alcohol affects your skin’s moisture level which then leads to dry, flaky, itchy, and irritated skin. Fragrance can also cause skin inflammation and weakening of the inner layers of the skin. Premier Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery recommends using fragrance-free formulas and to be cautious of ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate as they cause irritation. These ingredients are used to create lather in face washes and even toothpaste. Also, keep in mind that terminology used on products such as “for sensitive skin” or “hypoallergenic” are not federally regulated. Meaning, there are no standards that need to be met in order to use those terms on a product. So always make sure to look at the ingredients.
Sunscreen is important for all skin types, but finding a sunscreen that does not irritate sensitive skin can be a challenge. There are two main types of sunscreen, which include chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreen can cause irritation for sensitive skin, so stay away from chemical ingredients such as avobenzone, octinoxate, and oxybenzone. Go for a physical or mineral sunscreen instead. Premier Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery recommends the use of sunscreen even on overcast days and during the winter. The sun can dry out the skin and that is the opposite of what you want to happen to your skin if it is already sensitive.
It is important to read your product labels to make sure your products are non-comedogenic and gentle on your skin. Typically, the fewer ingredients a product has, the easier it will be to determine the cause of any reactions. At Premier Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, our professional estheticians can help you determine the best skincare for your skin and provide you with the best products. Let us help you achieve clearer skin, contact us today!