One of the most frustrating skin types to treat is sensitive skin. For many, it can sometimes feel like any given product can potentially irritate them without warning.
This is especially true when it comes to cleansing. And with so many different products on the market with so many different ingredients, it can be really difficult to choose one that won’t cause that dreaded irritation.
How To Tell If You Have Sensitive Skin
What makes things even more difficult is the fact that many who suffer from sensitive skin don’t even know they have it.
It’s important to understand that, when it comes to categorizing skin types, this often doesn’t exist in a vacuum. While it (usually) happens in conjunction with dry skin, often those with oily skin find that they suffer from this condition as well.
Here are a few of the common signs and symptoms. Tell-tale signs include skin that is:
- Excessively dry
- Red and irritated (particularly after cleansing)
- Susceptible to allergies
- Susceptible to eczema
- Prone to outbreaks following the introduction of new skin care products into your routine
- Prone to blushing and redness
Tips For Cleansing
While certain products such as moisturizers and creams can definitely trigger irritation, most people who suffer from sensitive skin find that the problem shows up most commonly in their cleansing routine.
The following is a quick guide to make sure that you’re working with your face when you wash it, and not against it.
Tip #1 – Don’t Overdo It
One of the number one mistakes most people make (and one of the easiest quick fixes) isn’t the fact that they’re not cleansing their face enough – it’s that they’re doing it TOO MUCH.
Because contrary to what your grandmother may have told you, you actually don’t need to wash your face multiple times per day. For most people, twice is MORE than enough, and for those suffering from sensitive AND dry skin, you may only even need to do it once per day.
Tip #2 – Avoid Hot Showers
No, we’re not suggesting that you start taking cold shoulders. But you should avoid bathing in scalding hot water, and stick to showers that are simply WARM.
The fact of the matter is that excessively hot water strips the skin of its natural oils and can inflame already irritated skin – something that, for obvious reasons, you really want to avoid.
#3 – Avoid Scented Cleansers
While you may love your lavender scented body wash, chances are your skin isn’t so enthusiastic. In fact, due to the number of harsh detergents they contain, scented washes are one of the number one triggers for sensitive skin.
#4 – Avoid Cleansers With Harsh Ingredients
Along with avoiding fragrances, you’ll also want to avoid cleansers that have a lot of harsh ingredients in general. These include antibacterial soaps, as well as products that contain alcohol and acidic ingredients.
Generally speaking, the simpler a cleanser you use in terms of its contents, the better off you’ll be.