How Beauty Products May Make Skin Sensitive


Jennifer Larson

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Recent research has uncovered some surprising information about sensitive skin.
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What to Avoid With Sensitive Skin

It’s difficult to identify the triggers that might bring about sensitive skin flare-ups. Try these tips to minimize irritations.
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If you have sensitive skin, you probably know all too well how it feels when something irritates it.  And that can happen all too easily if you use the wrong beauty product—and by wrong product, we mean a cleanser, moisturizer, cosmetic, or other agent that causes an unfavorable reaction. Certain things can cause tightness, redness, burning, stinging, roughness or even just a sensation of discomfort. Sensitive skin may also itch or get dry and flaky when you use certain products that irritate it. Essentially, your skin is signaling that it dislikes the exposure to certain chemicals or ingredients, and it’s giving you a sign that it would prefer that you stop using them.

The best way to prevent those uncomfortable or even painful sensations is to learn what causes them and then avoid them.

Living with sensitive skin can be uncomfortable and difficult, but you can find relief—it’s all about finding what works for your skin.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 28, 2017

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