Which Cleanser Should I Choose For My Sensitive Skin?

Know Your Skin Type

Choosing carefully of your cleanser is important. Find out your specific sensitive skin type. Only then, you can start a search for the best cleanser.
Sensitive skin tends to develop rashes, break out or burn when you try new products. You may also find that your skin is sensitive to the sun, sensitive to temperature changes, and prone to dryness.

Types of Cleanser:
Cream or milk cleanser is a more soothing cleanse rather than a wash. Use cleansing milk for your routine for dry or sensitive skin problems. Not only it does a removing makeup, oil, and dirt, but it also moisturizes it as well.

You normally applied it to cotton wool pads and wipe it over your face. Or do the ideal way by putting some at the palm of your hand and gently massage your face, neck and around your eyes.

Face Wash
After you remove all the oil, specks of dirt and makeup of your face, the face wash is the critical part where it removes all the excess of dirt. I suggest you use a facial cleanser recommended by dermatologists.

Chemicals contained in most cleansers have sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), I strongly ask you to avoid – it dries and strips and a high chance in making the skin sensitive.

If you are looking for essential oils, herbs or plant oils, this is the best choice for you. It usually removes your makeups – that includes mascara – where it easily ‘melt’ any oils on the skin surface.

Use them with a warm soft cloth to ensure no pore-blocking after massaging and smoothing them over your skin. Avoid mineral oils such as petroleum, liquid paraffin.

Melting Balms/Oils
This is a new generation of cleanser. It is either in a form of gel and oil, that turns into light milk when you add a bit of water.

Not only it is great for your sensitive skin, but it also moisturizes your skin.

Micellar Waters
My personal favorite of a skincare product. I usually apply this with a cotton-wool pad and swipe it gently over skin. It is originated from France – and considered as a simple, effective method.

Micelles – tiny round balls of cleansing oil molecules that float in water; that pull almost all of the dirt or oil on your face.

However, it does not fully cleanse as I see these more as a makeup remover. Even so, they can be helpful for sensitive skin problems that require natural or skincare products.

Cleansing the Clever way

1. Twice a day
A clean way to cleanse your face is once or twice a day? My answer would be, twice a day! In the morning, and at night before you go to bed.

Do you know? Your skin eliminates toxins; pores, overnight. Clean your face the next morning to remove all the toxins!

2. Double Cleansing
Ensuring your face is perfectly clean, practice double cleansing: Apply a cleanser on your skin to remove the first layer of makeup or dirt, then repeat once again or apply another product for a deeper cleanser.

5 Steps To The Perfect Cleanse
1. Use your cleanser with warm water on your palms
2. Massage your skin with the cleanser by using small circles over your mouth and chin and larger rounds around your eyes. THIS IS IMPORTANT: do not forget your neck and at the back of your ears.
3. Splash your skin with warm water.
4. Remove the cleanser with a warm cloth.
5. Splash your skin with cold water to freshen up.

Harsh Ingredients To Know About

Here are some common ingredients you should avoid if you have sensitive skin:
Alcohol is one of the most common ingredients that appear on every skincare product. It removes dirt and sebum from clogged pores, but it can make your skin dry if you apply it too much.

Types of alcohol include denatured, isopropyl or SD alcohol. Some fatty alcohols like cetyl, stearyl and Cetearyl alcohol serve to stabilize other ingredients and rarely cause irritation.

Ah, the sweet-scented that you need to cut off when you purchasing beauty skincare product. Dermatologist Dr. Schlessinger said “An artificial fragrance could contain 200 or more different chemical or botanical components, and your skin could react to any one of them,”

Choose ‘fragrance-free’ instead of just ‘unscented’ as there are no added extra fragrances in the product.

According to Dr. Schlessinger, paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a common ingredient found in permanent hair dyes that can cause an allergic reaction. PPD is often found in darker dyes and comes as a two-step process—the PPD dye and the developer.

Due to this matter, you should ask your colorist about the ingredients contained before you place your appointment to dye your hair.

Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is a by-product in the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It can be contaminated with toxins, clog pores and increase acne and blackhead formation.

Botanical Extracts and Essential Oils
Botanical extracts and essential oils: This is rare, but some people react on “natural” or “organic” marked on a particular product. Example: Lavender, coconut, rosehip, and tea tree oils.

“Products that are considered ‘natural’ often contain ingredients that may be unusual or untested,” says Dr. Schlessinger. “I also see quite a few reactions to organic products. After all, poison ivy is organic.”

Citrus fruit extracts and mint are known as plant-based ingredients can irritate if the quantity percentage is high. These highly concentrated plant extracts can irritate the skin.

You probably read ingredients at the back of a shampoo bottle before you choose them and notice the sulfate-free shampoos lately. This is because ingredients such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can strip hair of its natural oils.

The same thing goes to the skin. “[These are] cleansing agents that help create a rich, foaming lather,” explains Dr. Schlessinger. “They can prove too harsh for some, drying out skin and hair and contributing to rashes and blemishes.”

Remember, sulfate is a foaming agent.

Physical or Harsh Exfoliators
The key to exfoliate your skin is moderately usage. As Dr. Schlessinger said “I recommend chemical exfoliation with amino fruit acids. AFAs are derived from the sugarcane bud rather than the stalk and provide better exfoliation with minimal irritation.”

Exert chemical exfoliators like natural clay masks or fruit acids as kaolin and bentonite instead of using physical exfoliators walnut shells, sugar, salt.

Parabens, the preservatives that are not considered harmful to health, might cause an allergic reaction to certain people that are more likely to irritate those with skin issues like eczema, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. Cosmetics and skin products might contain preservatives such as methylisothiazolinone, which is a high-hazard allergen.

If your skin is generally sensitive, you need to avoid the following ingredients in your skincare product:

    • Isopropyl alcohol
    • Sodium chloride

Surfactants such as:

    • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
    • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
    • Ammonium lauryl sulfate
    • Soaps such as sodium tallowate
    • Salicylic acid
    • Willow bark
    • AHA acids

Chemical sunscreens such as:

    • Avobenzone
    • Octinoxate
    • Octisalate
    • Homosalate
    • Octocrylene
    • Oxybenzone

Additional: Types of sunscreen

Depending on your skin itself, some suits with chemical sunscreen while others suit mineral sunscreen. You should find sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher that contains active ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide physical blocks. They deflect the sun’s UV rays instead of absorbing them as chemical sunscreens do. Apart from that, the ingredients in chemical sunscreens include avobenzone, octinoxate, and oxybenzone. Know your skin first, then try!

Physical sunblock tends to be:

  • Less irritating and a better fit for sensitive skin.
  • More moisturizing, which can feel heavy on the skin.
  • Difficult to fully blend into the skin. However, newer brands now offer matte and tinted versions that have less of a white cast and can give the skin a smooth, even appearance.

Chemical sunscreen is a better option if you:

  • Are swimming and need a water-resistant formulation.
  • Play sports or sweat a lot during the day.
  • Want a sunscreen that absorbs quickly into the skin.

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Ingredients to Use and Avoid if You Have Sensitive Skin


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