- Sensitive skin can also make you more prone to skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, acne and contact dermatitis. However, if you can make informed decisions about your skincare, sensitive skin is entirely manageable.
- When buying products for sensitive skin it is important to avoid cleansers, moisturizers and other products which contain colors or fragrances, as these products are much more likely to produce an undesirable reaction. When choosing, try to go for the simplest products possible - look for cleansers and creams with ten ingredients or less. Products from The Avene range are made to suit sensitive skin types and I find these to be very gentle on my skin type.
- It is best to avoid products containing ingredients such as antibacterial agents, alcohol, retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids. Even though these substances may be beneficial for other skin types, on sensitive skin they will merely cause dryness and irritation. Instead, look for products that containing soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients. I find the Avene spring water great for calming my skin after a reaction or as a toner substitute.
- If there is a particular product you want to use, but you're unsure of how your skin will react, then it's a good idea to do a patch test first.
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