Tips for Sensitive skin by The American Academy of Dermatology

Those with sensitive skin try to avoid make up or skin care products. They think en no. of  times before buying anything for their skin and therefore end up being without them most of the time.

Following a good quality skin care regime can help to reduce the sensitivity of the skin over a period of time and can make the skin healthy, vibrant and good looking too.


Many of us are not ever aware whether we have sensitive skin or not and therefore to clear out the doubts you can check out the following points:-
1. If your skin reacts within minutes  in heat or cold then you have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin gets affected even when heavy wind is blowing.
2. Whenever you apply any skin care products containing alcohol, detergents or cosmetics and your skin become red and discolored, it indicates that you have sensitive skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology offers the following recommendations:
* Choose powder when possible. Powder cosmetics are not only great at removing shine, they have very few preservatives and contain few ingredients that can cause skin irritation compared with liquid makeup.
* Avoid waterproof cosmetics, which require a solvent to remove them. They also remove sebum, the oily substance made by the sebaceous glands in the skin. Without this oily barrier, sensitive skin is exposed to potential irritants that can cause a beauty breakout.
* Throw out old cosmetics. “Women should keep track of cosmetic expiration dates and throw out any items that have passed their peak,” cautions Dr. Bergamo. “Old makeup products can spoil or become contaminated. This is especially true for eye products, which should also be discarded if you experience any type of eye infection.” Typical life spans for cosmetic products include 1 year for foundation and lipstick, 3 to 4 months for mascara, and 2 years for powder and shadows. It also is important to wash makeup brushes and sponges regularly to remove accumulated dirt and germs that can aggravate sensitive skin.
* Use black-colored eyeliner and mascara products. Dermatologists feel that black is the least allergenic of all colorants used in eye products.
* Use pencil eyeliner and eyebrow fillers. According to Dr. Bergamo, “Pencil eyeliner and eyebrow pencils are wax-based and contain pigment and minimal preservatives. They are much less likely to cause problems than liquid eyeliners that contain latex, which may cause a reaction in latex-sensitive individuals.
* Stick to earth-toned eye shadows. Lighter earth tones, such as tan, cream, white, or beige, seem to cause less upper-eyelid irritation. “The higher concentration of pigments in darker colors, such as navy blue, can cause an adverse reaction in women with sensitive skin,” Dr. Bergamo speculates.
* Check sunscreen ingredients. Dermatologists recommend daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor 15 or higher. For women with sensitive skin, sunscreen should contain only the physical sunscreen ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Unlike chemical sunscreens that absorb ultraviolet rays, physical sunscreen ingredients deflect the rays rather than absorb them.
* Use products that contain no more than 10 ingredients. The fewer ingredients in a product, the less likely it is to cause a problem.
* Avoid nail polishes. Wet nail polish can be transferred to a person’s eyes and face before it dries. This casual transfer can cause problems for women with sensitive skin or allergies to any of the components of the polish.
* Use foundations with a silicone base. Although powder is preferred to protect sensitive skin, women choosing a liquid foundation should look for one with a silicone base. Liquid facial foundations based on silicone do not cause acne, and silicone has a low incidence of skin irritation.


  1. Thks to pollution & stress these days a lot of girls are developing highly sensitive skin. I am sure they will find all your points very useful. they are quite sensible actually 🙂

  2. thnks for the post.. i have highly sensitive skin but touchwood it does'nt react to cosmetics..!! my skin always breaks out with skincare products or sun and heat..!!


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