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5 sensitive skin-care rules to follow, according to a dermatologist
1. Avoid fragrance
“Avoid all skin-care products that contain fragrances, you may like the that they smell but they often lead to irritation,” says Dr. Zeichner. Fragrance, regardless of whether it’s natural or synthetic, is one of the most common causes of irritant contact dermatitis.
2. Use a hydrating cleanser
When washing your face, “look for hydrating cleansers and avoid those that lather or exfoliate,” he says. Consider a product like the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing Lotion ($9). It’s fragrance-free, has a milky texture that doesn’t really bubble up, and is pumped with hyaluronic acid, leaving your skin clean and hydrated.
3. Use a soothing moisturizer
“Look for moisturizers that contain skin-soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal or ceramides,” says Dr. Zeichner. Try the Aveeno Calm + Restore Oat Gel Facial Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin ($18). It’s lightweight yet moisturizing.
4. Avoid strong active ingredients
The last thing you want to do is further sensitize sensitive skin. “Avoid potentially irritating actives like retinol, or hydroxy acids,” says Dr. Zeichner. These ingredients are used to increase cell turnover and remove dead skin cells, respectively, and can lead to brighter, smoother skin. If you feel like you want products to do this but don’t wanna risk any damage, visit a board-certified dermatologist and see what they recommend.
5. Use mineral sunscreens
Chemical sunscreens can be very irritating for those with sensitive skin, so Dr. Zeichner says to “look for mineral-based sunscreens that contain zinc oxide,” an ingredient that rarely leads to sensitivity. Try the Supergoop! Mineral Sheerscreen SPF 30 ($38).
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