How Sensitizing Ingredients Hurt Skin
Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and fragrant ingredients are bad for skin - really, really bad. Daily application of skincare products that contain sensitizing ingredients is a major way we unknowingly do our skin a disservice!
Sensitizing ingredients are so bad because they can lead to visible problems you wouldn’t be seeing if you switched to medical-grade ingredients.
We can help you learn what to avoid so you can regain the beautiful skin that has been in retreat because of the daily beating it takes when you use products with sensitizing ingredients!
Sensitizing Ingredients Can Make Oily Skin and Breakouts Worse
Oily, breakout-prone skin is especially susceptible to the effects of sensitizing ingredients. When problem ingredients (see the list below) aggravate the skin’s surface, a chain reaction can occur that makes oily skin worse, possibly triggering more breakouts.
Not treating oily, breakout-prone skin gently is practically a guarantee of making matters worse. All you really want is to curb excess oil and control the breakouts and clogged pores, but the wrong products can make this impossible.
Fragrance is always one of the top offenders in lots of skincare products. Surprisingly, fragrance can be sensitizing whether it’s natural or synthetic. Essential oils always get a pass at being helpful for the skin but the research shows that isn’t the case. Fragrance-free are the first steps toward the gentle care all skin types, especially oily or breakout-prone, need.
Sensitizing Ingredients Can Make Dry Skin Worse
Dry skin is just as susceptible to the effects of sensitizing ingredients as any other skin type. The difference is that instead of skin becoming oilier, it becomes drier, visibly flaky, and can look dehydrated and dull. We’re certain that’s not what anyone wants from their skincare products!
Many sensitizing ingredients quickly dehydrate the skin’s surface, leading to a feeling of tight skin. With ongoing use, sensitizing, drying ingredients can rob the skin’s surface of the replenishing ingredients it needs to stay smooth, supple, and hydrated. If you have dry, flaky, dehydrated skin, switching to non-irritating products can make a visible difference, often overnight!
We know you will see dramatic improvements to your skin simply by avoiding products with problematic ingredients and learning to be gentle. This list also includes not pulling or tugging at skin, a bad habit that can hasten the loss of firmness that makes skin (especially around the eyes) look older, not scrubbing or abrading the skin, not using extremely hot water, and avoiding anything that has that tingling cooling effect on your skin.
Avoid The Following
The list below is a mini cheat sheet you can keep in mind when shopping for skincare products and using them at home:
- Overly abrasive scrubs (such as those that contain aluminum oxide crystals, walnut shells, fruit pits, or pumice)
- Toners containing known sensitizers denatured or SD alcohol, menthol, peppermint, and witch hazel
- Facial masks containing fragrant essential oils and polyvinyl alcohol
- Bar soaps and bar cleansers, which are just too drying regardless of the claims
- Any product with a strong, wafting scent, whether the source of the fragrance is natural or synthetic
- Cold or hot water (lukewarm is ideal)
- Picking at skin
- Arnica (In cosmetic formulations)
- Balm mint
- Citrus juices and oils
- Clover blossom
- Essential oils
- Fennel oil
- Fir needle
- Fragrance (natural or synthetic)
- Melissa (lemon balm)
- Menthyl lactate
- Oak bark
- Rose oil
- Sandalwood oil
- Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfate
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- TEA-lauryl sulfate
- Witch hazel