These are the ingredients to avoid if you have sensitive skin

5 Ingredients to avoid if you have sensitive skin

If your skin is usually triggered and you don't know what it causes, here are some ingredients that are likely to cause sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin usually reacts when the nerve endings on the surface of your skin become irritated. But what does irritation actually mean? Irritation occurs when the skin barrier function is compromised following a trigger or other conditions. 

These are some signs that you have sensitive skin:

Without further ado, here are the ingredients to avoid if you have sensitive skin!

1. Alcohol and Fragrances

Alcohol and Fragrances

Stay away from any toner, cleanser, or perfume as they are the common cause of allergic reactions. 

2. Sulfates

Sulfates

Sulfates used to create lather are usually added to shampoos and other cleansers. The problem is that the foam irritates the skin and strips it from its normal oils, 

3. Chemical sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens

Common sunscreen ingredients are not usually a problem if you have normal skin, but if you are prone to sensitivity stay away from avobenzone, octocrylene, and oxybenzone and opt for physical or mineral formulas. 

4. Parabens

Parabens

Parabens are synthetic preservatives used to avoid bacteria and fungus. But this low-cost preservative has been linked to allergic reactions and drying your skin.

5. Walnut shells

Walnut shell

Some physical exfoliants have small walnut shell particles that can be too harsh for sensitive skin. Opt for chemical exfoliants that won't cause microtears and compromise your skin's barrier function. 

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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