Managing sensitive skin can be difficult. It tends to be highly reactive and uncomfortable, but it may also reflect the body’s sensitivity to environmental factors. When it comes to skincare and beauty products, it’s important to understand which ingredients to avoid in order to maintain healthy, glowing skin. See below for beauty ingredients that people with sensitive skin should be careful about using.
Health Shots reached out to Dr. Deepak Jakhar, Dermosphere Clinic co-founder and MBBS Physician, to share a list of beauty ingredient combinations that people with sensitive skin should avoid.
Ingredients to avoid if you have sensitive skin
Here are 7 beauty ingredients people with sensitive skin should avoid or never use.
1. Retinol and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)
Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, and AHAs such as glycolic acid are well known for their skin regenerating properties. However, using them together can cause problems for sensitive skin. These ingredients can cause dryness, redness and peeling if used in excess or without proper precautions. If you want to incorporate them into your daily routine, consult a dermatologist to determine the correct method of applying them to your skin and avoiding overload.
2. Vitamin C and benzoyl peroxide
Vitamin C is famous for its antioxidant properties and ability to brighten the skin. Benzoyl peroxide, on the other hand, is an effective ingredient for acne. Both are beneficial, but can be harsh for sensitive skin. Vitamin C can cause inflammation in high concentrations, and benzoyl peroxide can cause dryness and peeling. If you experience discomfort, consider starting with a lower concentration or looking for an alternative.
3. Salicylic and Glycolic Acid
Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), and glycolic acid, an AHA, are popular choices for treating acne and exfoliating the skin. However, due to its exfoliating properties, it can be problematic for sensitive skin. Excessive use or concomitant use with other active ingredients may cause redness, irritation and even peeling. To be safe, start with low concentrations and use sparingly.
4. Exfoliating cleanser and scrub
Physical exfoliants such as scrubbing particles and abrasive scrubs in cleansers (the best cleansers) can be particularly harsh on sensitive skin. These products can cause micro-abrasions to the skin, causing irritation and discomfort. Instead, opt for chemical exfoliants (such as AHA and BHA) that offer a gentler approach to removing dead skin cells.
5. Too Much Active
One of the most common mistakes people with sensitive skin make is overdoing their skincare routine with too many active ingredients at once. Simultaneous use of multiple active ingredients such as retinol, AHA, BHA, and vitamin C can overwhelm the skin and exacerbate sensitivity. Introduce new products gradually and watch for signs of irritation.
6. Benzoyl Peroxide and Powerful Retinoids
Benzoyl peroxide is effective against acne, but it can be too drying for sensitive skin when used in high concentrations. Strong prescription retinoids are also not the best choice for sensitive skin as they can cause redness and peeling. If you suffer from acne and have sensitive skin, consult your dermatologist for a gentler alternative.
Careful attention must be paid to the selection of beauty ingredients for sensitive skin. We also recommend gradually introducing new products and consulting a dermatologist to tailor her skin care routine to her own needs. Remember, less is more when it comes to sensitive skin.