Are you looking for answers and asking yourself, "How do I take care of my sensitive skin?" If so, today's posts are for you. As a licensed esthetician, I too have super sensitive skin. When it comes to taking care of my rosacea prone sensitive skin, even dermatologists have steered me in the wrong direction. I would leave the doctor's office frustrated-even with my knowledge of skin. I felt like the only thing doctors wanted to do was write me a prescription and send me on my merry way.
Well, this kitten don't play like that...and I know you don't either.
I don't know about you, but I don't want to take a ton of medication. I want to know what the cause of my problem is and learn if there is a way to ease my symptoms. If this sounds like you, keep reading.
I hope my years of trying to figure out my own sensitive skin issues helps you get control of your own. This post is dedicated to my sweet client, Erica Simmons.
People who have sensitive skin could be caused be a host of reasons, from using the wrong skin care products and other environmental and lifestyle factors.
If you want to know what things cause sensitive skin, see our post on: What Causes Sensitive Skin? Could you be the Problem?)
- Your skin can range from oily to dry.
- You experience blotchy skin.
- Your skin itches.
- You flush easily.
- You’re prone to redness.
- You get easily irritated by skin care products or detergents.
- Perfumes or fragrance tend to irritate your skin.
- You get red with anyone or anything touching your skin (touch sensitive).
- You’re ancestors came from places like Sweeden, Germany, Ireland, England, Norway or other countries where fair skin tones are common.
- You don't take care of your skin.
- You use body soap to wash your face. (My husband still uses Irish Spring to wash his face...:/)
- *Cleanse your skin once a day, at night before bed. Make this your most important beauty ritual every night.
- Rinse with warm water in the morning, don't use cleanser.
- *If you are oily or have acne, use a gentle cleanser in the morning.
- Be sure to use a PHYSICAL sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens can be too irritating to most of you with sensitive skin. (See my post on Chemical Sunscreen).
- Stay away from foundations with chemical sunscreen.
- Experiment with cleansing oils to clean your skin.
- Use mild, non fragrance cleansers.
- Use alchohol free toners.
- Limit the amount of skin care products you use.
- Seek a patch test from a dermatologist or allergist to see what specific ingredients cause reaction. It will make shopping for products easier.
- If you think you have rosacea, seek a dermatologist immediately.
- Don’t wash your face in too hot water.Use a slightly warm water.
- Don't over cleanse your skin. Ever. Unless directed by your doctor.
- Stay away from steam in facial rooms.
- Stay out of the sun.
- Use a gentle makeup remover.**
**Cleansers are generally designed to cleanse the skin not remove makeup. Scrubbing your skin will cause irritation so be sure to use a makeup remover to avoid too much manipulation on the skin.
Over cleansing the skin, in my humble opinion, is one of the biggest problems I see sensitive skin types doing and what causes the most problems.
As a society we are OBSESSED with cleansing. Keep in mind that skin is never meant to be “squeaky” clean.
Your skin is so amazing at healing itself if we let it, so get out of it's way. Remember, less is more.
- Hydrocortisone 1%.
For the occasional & temporary relief of anything that may irritate your sensitive skin. But use sparingly, hydrocortisone is a steroid so don’t abuse it. If you find you need it often, see your dermotologist.
Everyone's skin is different. What is irritating to you may not be irritating to me. Here is a list of the most common skin care ingredients that cause irritation. (I will update each link as we post them).
- Witch hazel
- Alpha hydroxy acids & (glycolic acid)
- Benzoic acid
- Cinnamic acid compounds
- Dowicil 200
- Lactic acid
- Propylene glycol
- Quaternary ammonium compounds
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Sorbic acid
- Vitamin C
Get into your own special beauty routine before bed. Even if you’re tired, remember this is the one thing you can do for yourself that will take less than 5 minutes.
Ladies, we work hard. We may have sensitive skin, but we are strong, fierce women! As women we give our souls to everyone else. This is the one time I am giving you permission to be a little selfish.
Turn off the cell phone, social media and lock the door. Tell everyone to keep the @)#*$# OUT!
I hope this helps you. Please leave me a comment below and let me know what you do to take care of your own skin!
Tomorrow I will post my favorite products for sensitive skin.