Managing sensitive skin is tricky because it is easy to go too far in trying to work around the condition. This covers the six mistakes that people with sensitive skin tend to make that exacerbate the problem.
- People often use too many products while trying to treat the problem. It is best to apply only one or two treatments at a time (such as just sunscreen if going outside) instead of putting several products on sensitive skins. Adding too many products at one time makes it more likely that your skin will react. Instead, use only what is needed, then apply other products at other points during the day so that you aren’t compounding the problem.
- There are plenty of wrong products for sensitive skin. Avoid products that have alcohol, alpha-hydroxy acid, fragrances, and retinoids. Also be aware of your skin type so you can avoid products that will make it worse, such as oil-based products on oily skin.
- Avoid long, hot showers. Keep your showers between five and ten minutes with warm water.
- Avoid irritating laundry detergents, instead using ones that are hypoallergenic and scent-free. This does include your fabric softener.
- Always wash new clothing and items (sheets, towels, etc.) before you wear or use them. Chemicals are on new items, so you need to get them off the material before you put it against your skin.
- Always wash your face before you go to bed. It is important to remove anything you have applied to your face, such as makeup and sunscreen.
If you have sensitive skin, learn a bit more at 6 Mistakes People Make with Sensitive Skin.