The Sensitive Skin Approach

Having sensitive skin doesn’t mean you can’t achieve a healthy, pampered glow. You may think you are bound for life to the bland skin regime products that you’ve always used. Trying something new on your skin can be terrifying for those with sensitive skin, as it can lead to breakouts, rashes and other visible irritations. However, here are some tips that can help you approach skin care with sensitive skin and achieve that same healthy glow that others have.

It is Best to Test

Avoid a full blown skin rebellion by simply applying a very small amount of a new product first to an area that is less visible on your body, such as behind your ear. Wait 24 hours before applying it elsewhere to see if your skin agrees with the product or not.

More Moisture
As a sensitive skin sufferer, you will need to moisturize more than the average person to keep a healthy, strong barrier from environmental factors like cold and wind. Keep lotions handy throughout the day and be sure to apply it morning and night. A dermatologist can help you determine the best moisturizer for your skin type.
Careful with Cosmetics
No, you do not have to avoid putting on make-up just because your skin is sensitive. However, there are some general rules that will help you choose the best cosmetics without irritation. Use mineral power or silicone-based foundation. Also, avoiding waterproof mascara will eliminate potential irritation when it is time to scrub it off. Patients with sensitive skin need to also be careful to throw away old make-up and keep their brushes extra clean.
Be Sun Smart
Your sensitive skin is obviously extra sensitive to the sun. Choose a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher and make sure it has physical active ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide instead of one with chemical ingredients.

Olansky Dermatology Associates of Atlanta is dedicated to helping patients with sensitive skin maintain a healthy and pampered glow year-round. They can educate you on how to read labels and avoid common irritants in your skin. Just because a label reads “hypoallergenic” does not necessarily mean it will be best for your sensitive skin. Ask your dermatologist more about how you can approach skin care with sensitive skin.

Posted on behalf of Olansky Dermatology & Aesthetics