Irritated and Sensitive Skin

Sensitive, irritated and delicate skin is a bother, and requires gentle treatment.

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Author Mads Timmermann

Mads has 14+ years of experience as a skin expert and has written/read this article.

Many people suffer from sensitive and irritated skin!

Sensitive and delicate skin can be everything from a slight itch, to more extreme circumstances, which result in red, dry and flaky skin. Wanting a product for sensitive and irritated skin can also be the same as wanting to protect your skin.

7 mistakes most people with sensitive and irritated skin make

Besides the fact that sensitive skin is frustrating, it is also something that most people mistreat. Here are 7 typical mistakes made when treating sensitive and delicate skin:

  1. Choosing SPF 50
    Sun protection is super important. However, it is an old fashioned notion that we should use SPF 50 to protect us from the sun. Today, at least an SPF 15 is recommended in the face, and a maximum protection of SPF 30 to reduce any possible irritation. You should also remember to choose sunscreen that protects against UVA rays.
  2. Using boosters and serum
    A lot of people mistakenly believe that boosters and serums are good skin care. And in the same vein, many people believe that delicate, sensitive skin needs extra care in the form of boosters and serums. This is a big misunderstanding! Serums and boosters are usually very concentrated products, which means they can be extremely harsh on the skin.
  3. Get rid of perfume, colorants and harmful ingredients
    Perfume and colorants do not belong in skin care. And least of all in skin care for delicate, sensitive skin. Because there is often a lot of emphasis on products without perfumes or colorants, many do forget that there are a lot of other harmful ingredients out there. Some of these are citrus, menthol, camphor, lavender, mint, alcohol, etc.
  4. Choose the good ingredients
    Although it is important to cut out any harmful ingredients in your skin care – especially if you have sensitive or delicate skin – you don’t necessarily need to go “all natural”. Your skin care can still contain artificial ingredients, as long as they are the good ones, rather than the bad kind.
  5. Using organic products
    Organic skin care is good for the environment. Organic skin care is not necessarily good for your sensitive skin. Just think of lemon. Many lemons are organic, but citrus fruit can be extremely irritating for skin, and should not be used at all on sensitive skin. Organic and natural skin care does not necessarily guarantee good skin care.
  6. Choosing products for sensitive skin
    Just as organic and natural skin care isn’t necessarily the same thing as good skin care, skin care that promises special care for sensitive skin is not either. There is no legislation or guidelines for skin care that promises to be specially made for sensitive skin. So, always make sure to check the ingredients list – take care to avoid perfumes and colorants.
  7. Only focusing on skin care for treating sensitive skin
    If you have sensitive skin, then good skin care is obviously a good place for you to start. However, don’t forget to also focus on things like choosing products without harmful chemicals in your everyday life. For example, consider laundry detergent without perfume or colorants, or hair care without harmful ingredients.

These were just some of the myths about the treatment of sensitive and delicate skin. There are many more. You probably know of some already. Good care for sensitive and delicate skin can be distilled into two points:

  • Get rid of perfume, colorants and other harmful ingredients – both in skin care and in anything else that comes into contact with your skin.
  • Focus on the good ingredients like soothing ingredients, treating ingredients and restorative ingredients – this way you will be able to best care for gentle and sensitive skin.

And… remember that sensitive skin can easily be caused by something other than skin care. Maybe it’s your birth control? Or smoking?

The challenge with sensitive and irritated skin

The biggest challenge with sensitive and irritated skin is of course, that it is annoying. Red and dry skin is not pretty. And scaly, itchy skin is not fun to live with. Ignorance can also be a huge challenge when it comes to sensitive skin.

Ignorance is maybe a bit harsh. Maybe it’s more like mistreatment, but at the bottom line mistreatment is caused by ignorance. There are no laws or guiding principles when sensitive skin is concerned.

Lack of legislation

Organic skin care must be certified. However, anyone can write “for sensitive skin” wherever they like. There are no guidelines. Unfortunately, because of this, it is not abnormal for products designed for sensitive skin to contain perfumes, alcohol or other irritating ingredients – therefore, be careful when choosing skin care for “sensitive skin”. You can easily be deceived.

– ALWAYS check the ingredients list. That way you’ll always be on the safe side.

What should you do about sensitive and irritated skin?

First and foremost, forget what you thought you already knew. After all, ignorance is one of the biggest mistakes when it comes to the treatment of sensitive and delicate skin. Also, avoid choosing skin care that is made specifically for sensitive skin, and instead start reading the ingredients list.

  1. Choose skincare without perfume or colorants
    Always check the ingredients list for words like color, fragrance and perfume.
  2. Be logical when you’re checking the ingredients
    When you’re checking the ingredients list, ask yourself “would this hurt if I got it in a wound?” If the answer is yes, then find another product.
  3. Choose SPF 15
    Forget SPF 50. Instead, use a day cream with SPF15 for your face – and remember UVA and UVB protection.
  4. Look for a long ingredients list
    Of course, without any harmful ingredients. But remember to get calming, treating, restorative and nourishing ingredients in your skin care.
  5. Look for a simple skin care routine
    Boosters, serums, skin tonics, masks, etc. do not need to be a part of your skin care routine. A few good products work best for sensitive skin.
  6. Avoid pure, natural and concentrated products
    Look for good ingredients for sensitive skin. Avoid the highly concentrated products like boosters and serums – and maybe downgrade your priority for natural and organic products.
  7. Comprehensive treatment
    In order to correctly treat sensitive skin, don’t just focus on skin care. Remember to also consider harmful chemicals in your laundry detergent, hair products, makeup etc.

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The saying goes:

Exaggeration promotes understanding

And that’s how you should think of treating sensitive, irritated and delicate skin. Always choose skin care and products without harmful ingredients, and without perfume, colorants or any other unnecessary chemicals.

Don’t get fanatical!

Of course, a little perfume won’t hurt, if you’d like to smell nice. Just spray it on your clothes, instead of your skin. Color in your makeup is also necessary, and does not always contain harmful chemicals.

Remember your diet!

Diet and nutrition have large impacts on our skin. IF your skin is red and irritated, this can easily be because of your diet. Try cutting down on dairy, meat and sugar – and bring on the vegetables.

Remember oils

Don’t be afraid of fats. We need fat! Especially from oils – sunflower seed oil, almond oil, and flaxseed oil are examples of oils that we often lack. Oils are great for caring for your body from the inside.

Exercise does the body good

Also remember to focus on exercise. Especially when you have sensitive skin, and want to get rid of red and irritated skin. Exercise helps blood circulation, which in turn is good for your skin.

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