5 things to avoid if you have sensitive skin


Does your skin get easily irritated?

You may not even know you have sensitive skin until you have a bad reaction to a cosmetic product, like soap, moisturizer, or makeup.

Conditions that cause sensitive skin are rarely serious. You can usually keep your symptoms under control with a few simple changes to your skin care routine.

Here are some things that cause a skin flare up:

Essential Oils

This is one ingredient that can cause a very bad reaction if used by someone with sensitive skin.

Cosmetologiss agree that even natural or organic ingredients can lead to irritation. Such oils are full of allergens.


This is a foaming agent found in shampoos, creams, soaps to cleaning products. Foaming agents in general can be quite tough, as they can upset the protective layer of oils on the skin.

Petro and synthetic emolients

They are derived from petroleum, chemicals such as liquid paraffin and mineral oil that irritate the skin by creating an oily layer on the skin to prevent moisture from escaping, leading to blocked pores and a build up of bacteria.

Perfume/ Fragrant agents

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While it may be tempting to buy a perfume off the shelf due to its pocket friendliness, this may be a bad idea for anyone with sensitive skin.

Many skincare products contain fragrance to mask less-pleasant scents that some ingredients have, but even if an added fragrance is natural, it can anger sensitive skin

Harsh exfoliants

If you have skin that’s easily irritated, using an exfoliator that is too abrasive can cause your skin to be immediately inflamed. Although you shouldn’t avoid exfoliating completely — it’s vital to removing dead skin cells and getting that glow — opting for gentler versions is essential in avoiding in any skin flare-ups.

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If your condition is really bad, always consult a dermatologist who will advise you how to tackle your skins worst enemy.

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