Skincare Tips for Sensitive And Irritated Skin

All skin types deserve tender love and care. However, there is no denying the fact that sensitive skin is a bit more high-maintenance and may require a few tweaks here and there to regular skincare routines. 

Before we dive into all you need to know about skincare with sensitive skin, it is important that you first understand exactly what it means for skin to be sensitive. 

The easiest way to explain sensitive skin is skin that easily breaks out in acne or simply gets inflamed after exposure to certain triggers. These triggers vary from one person to another. Maybe your skin is sensitive to the sun, perfumes, or even chemicals and dyes found in skincare and other cosmetic products. 

If you easily get skin irritation from these or other triggers, the following skincare tips will come in very handy to help soothe your skin and keep it healthy, youthful, and beautiful. Let’s dive right in.

Identify and avoid your triggers

Triggers for sensitive skin come in all forms from environmental factors like the weather to products your skin gets into contact with and even lifestyle and personal habits.

A tip to help with identifying specific triggers causing your skin irritation would be to keep a sort of irritation and breakout diary. Every time your skin sensitivity flare-up, note down any changes in your life. Maybe you had an unhealthy binge leading up to the irritation. It could be a change in environment, a new season, or a new cosmetic product. 

Once you identify or at least suspect as a trigger, phase it out of your life and observe for changes. 

Switch to gentle skincare products

Not all skincare products are created equal. A lot have harmful chemical ingredients that are often implicated in breakouts and irritation flareups. 

Some ingredients that have been shown to cause skin irritation include:

  • Parabens
  • Imidazolidinyl urea 
  • Quaternium-15 
  • DMDM hydantoin 
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Formaldehyde

For the best results, only use skincare products made from natural ingredients. IPO Cosmetics specializes in such products with our facial care kits being some of the gentlest on the market for all skin types. 

Eat healthy and stay hydrated

Lifestyle habits like eating junk food and drinking too much alcohol or caffeine could also contribute to your skin sensitivity and irritation. 

To help soothe and heal your skin, you may have to take an inside-out approach by changing your diet and increasing your water consumption. 

Switch our overprocessed foods, soda, coffee, and alcohol for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and wholegrain starches. Also make sure to get the recommended 2 to 3 liters of water every day. 

Visit a Dermatologist

Sometimes, switching out your products and eating healthy may not be enough to deal with irritated skin. In such cases, it may be best to work with a dermatologist. They are also in a better position to prescribe medicated skin products that may help deal with the symptoms of irritation directly and faster.