Natural Skin Care Products for Sensitive Skin
Dermatologist’s Natural Skin Care Products for Hypersensitive Skin
Many natural ingredients are great remedies for sensitive skin. Others will cause irritation and rashes. As a dermatologist I know what ingredients work best to heal skin hypersensitivity, and which ingredients will trigger problems for sensitive skin.
What causes hypersensitivity of the skin?
Hypersensitive skin is reactive, either because of skin barrier disturbance or excessive immune reactions that lead to redness, itching, stinging and rashes. Reactions can be triggered by allergens or irritants in skin care products, exposure to harsh chemicals or environmental exposures, rough fabric etc.
Some of the more common causes of sensitive skin include eczema, rosacea, physical urticaria (hives triggered by scratching, rubbing, vibration, temperature changes etc), seborrhea (a form of eczema) and excessively dry skin.
How do you heal sensitive skin naturally?
In my dermatology practice, I always counsel my patients with sensitive skin to use hypoallergenic personal care products and a gentle and hydrating skin care routine. This helps skin barrier to strengthen and heal so that skin is less reactive. Natural skin care products can be ideal to heal sensitive skin. They must be formulated with hydrating oils and omit allergen. The most common allergens in skin care products are fragrances (including natural essential oil essences) and preservatives.
People with sensitive skin should avoid irritating skin care products too. Natural skin care lines often include harsh irritants, such as botanical essential oil essences (tea tree and citrus for example). Even natural sounding ingredients may be composed of irritants. Witch hazel is a great example. Witch hazel often contains more alcohol than witch hazel. I watch out for these traps when I create my hypoallergenic natural products because my goal is to build products that heal even the most sensitive skin, like that of my patients.
What is the best cleanser and moisturizer for hypersensitive skin?
Simple naturally made soaps and shower gels are excellent choices for skin cleansing.
Read ingredients and avoid products with botanical essences and fragrance. Rinse skin well to remove all soap residue. Naturally Best Bar Soap and Ultra-Hypoallergenic Natural Shower Gel are ideal options. My Natural Foaming Hand Soap is the best choice for hand washing during the day. If you have oily facial skin, large pores, or use products that are hard to remove my Naturally Hydrating Pore Minimizing Toner is made with organic witch hazel minus the big dose of alcohol present in other “natural” witch hazel products.
Moisturize sensitive skin with lotions, butters and oils made with rich botanical oils that are hypoallergenic.
Again, avoid concentrated botanical essences formulated above the threshold for allergenicity or irritancy. My Natural Face and Body Lotion and Natural Face and Body Butter Cream are hypoallergenic and deeply hydrating. My Facial Booster Oils can be used alone or several drops can be added to enhance the emollient properties of either my Lotion or Butter.
What is the best sunscreen for hypersensitive skin?
Zinc oxide sunscreens are the best sunscreens for hypersensitive skin.
Zinc oxide is inherently hypoallergenic and non-irritating. Beware of sunscreen products formulated with taunting botanical essences that sound nice but trigger skin sensitivity. My sunscreens listed below are hypoallergenic and the best choices for sensitive skin. Suntegrity and Raw Elements products are hypoallergenic and based on truly natural formulations. I encourage you to look at my Sheer Strength products as they are very popular, hypoallergenic and non-irritating, and give you state-of-the-art and easy to use sun protection.
What is the best makeup for hypersensitive facial complexions?
In my dermatologic opinion, pure mineral makeup powders are best for hypersensitive complexions.
Pure mineral makeup powders should be free of fragrances and fillers. Mineral powder also does not require the addition of preservatives. Mineral powder is also hypoallergenic and non-irritating. This makes these products ideal for sensitive facial complexions in my dermatologic opinion. Mineral makeup powder dusted on top of sunscreen is my recommendation for all complexions, including people suffering from hypersensitive skin.
Heal sensitive skin problems when you build a Complete Skin Care Routine with hypoallergenic and non-irritating products.
Complete Skin Care includes the 4 essential steps of
Address your unique skin problems at the same time you use a hypoallergenic and natural skin care routine built from my dermatologist’s natural products and targeted dermatologically therapeutic products. For example, integrate targeted products for the common skin problems that lead to hypersensitivity:
Those wanting the best anti-aging skin care might integrate my Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy and Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum into a facial routine with my Natural Bar Soap, Facial Oils, Natural Lotion and one of my Sunscreens.
Eczema prone skin and dry skin benefits from my Naturally Eczema Free Kit, perhaps with the addition of Green Tea Cream, Instantly Luminous Serum and one of my Facial Oils for facial care.
What role do home cleaners play in sensitive skin?
Your home cleaners get on your skin and triggers skin sensitivity. This is an important and often overlooked point. Always use hypoallergenic spray products to prevent droplets of allergens, irritants and chemicals from touching your sensitive skin. The same applies to products you use to create a sudsy bucket of warm water for home chores. I created my certified organic home cleaners for my sensitive skin patients. For people and households with sensitive skin, this is really important.
Misery Laurent, et. al., Definition of Sensitive Skin: An Expert Position Paper from the Special Interest Group on Sensitive Skin of the International Forum for the Study of Itch, Acta Derm Venereol 2017; 97: 4–6.
Duarte Ida et. al., Sensitive skin: review of an ascending concept, An Bras Dermatol. 2017 Jul-Aug; 92(4): 521–525.
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