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5 Facts About Sensitive Skin You Didn't Know

Updated: Jun 22, 2022

Have you noticed that you're reacting more to your skincare products? Or have you always had difficulty finding the right skincare options that actually feel comfortable on your skin?


Sensitive skin is a common concern. But there's a lot more to it than choosing a product marked "For Sensitive Skin"!

"Sensitive Skin" isn't a Medical Term

It's a blanket term which typically implies a tendency to be more irritated than average by things such as environmental conditions (sun, wind, cold) or topical products.

The outer fatty layer of your skin affects sensitivity

This lipid layer keeps water in, and keeps potentially damaging things, (UV rays, harsh chemicals, etc) out. A weaker & thinner layer makes it easier for irritants to penetrate the skin and cause irritation.

Skin can become more sensitive with age

As we age, that lipid barrier replaces itself less frequently, which can lead to increased skin irritation. That’s why products you used to use without problem can suddenly cause irritation.

Frequent cleansing can worsen this

Soap and hot water can diminish the outer protective fatty layer of your skin. Instead, use cool or lukewarm water on your face, and don’t wash more than twice a day.

Simple and fragrance-free are the way to go

The less ingredients, the better. As well, because everyone's skin is unique, labels such as "designed for sensitive skin" can't always be relied on. Notably, fragrances are frequent irritators and mechanical scrubs can cause tiny tears in your skin’s barrier!

Here are a few Dermatologist recommended products for sensitive skin

EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41 sunscreen: a lightly tinted mineral sunscreen with integrated antioxidants specifically formulated for very sensitive and post-procedure skin

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore cream: restores essential skin lipids with ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids to support the skin's natural self-repair and nourishment; designed to increases skin’s tolerance to prescription retinoids

• Supports healthy skin barrier function

SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser: designed specifically for dry, sensitive, or post-procedure skin, this is a moisturizing cleanser that lifts makeup and debris while also hydrating the skin

Speak to a Board-Certified Dermatologist when in doubt! Book a Dermatologist Virtual Visit here

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