5 ingredients to avoid if you’re sensitive to skin irritation

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Jun. 18, 2020
Sensitive skin is an unfortunate issue many of us have to deal with, which can be not only uncomfortable physically but also affect our self-confidence. When our skin is irritated it becomes a red, burning, and itchy mess and can make you more prone to breakouts. There are so many factors that can cause irritation to your skin such as sun exposure, cold weather, and certain skincare products that contain triggering ingredients. 
When your skin comes in contact with an irritant, the collagen breaks down and the surface of the skin is weakened, leaving it unable to repair itself. This causes redness and burning which then forces an increase in oil production that creates larger pores and more breakouts. It’s something nobody wants. 
If you are wanting to avoid any issues and have your skin smooth and beautiful here are some ingredients to stay away from:
Alcohol Denat:
This ingredient is often used in a variety of skincare products to make lotions and creams lighter and to aid other ingredients to be absorbed into the skin. Although this may sound like a good idea, using products containing this ingredient can cause dryness and irritation to your skin. It breaks down your skin’s protective layer and prevents it from retaining the moisture it needs which stimulates oil production leading to more issues with acne. Since many acne skincare products contain Alcohol Denat it can mean you will be fighting a losing battle against future breakouts. Look at the ingredients before buying your next product and make sure Alcohol Denat is not on the list.
Fragrance:
Listed on most skincare and beauty products out there to make them smell better for use, the worst part about fragrance is that it does not really say what ingredients or chemicals are used to create the “fragrance”. In fact, for most companies, it is kept as a secret as to what they use for it. Even products that state they are unscented may contain additives to mask smells of other ingredients contained in the product. Fragrance can cause an itchy red rash to develop on your skin which is an annoyance that can become very uncomfortable. So, sticking with products that state they are fragrance-free is the way to go especially since you will not know what specific ingredient caused the irritation.
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate:
This is a foaming agent that helps to up the cleaning power of the product. Although it is normally made from coconut it can be very drying and irritating to the skin. Since it makes the product a more powerful cleanser, it also strips the skin of its moisture which causes redness and dryness. It takes away the natural oils your skin will then up oil production causing pores to become enlarged and lead to more acne. When it comes to your skin a more powerful cleaning agent isn’t the best idea.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate:
This is another ingredient that is used in a cleanser to make it foam and the amount in the product can range from just a small amount to up to 50% depending on the manufacturer. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can also cause skin irritations such as over-drying, redness, and itching when the producer makes the cleanser too powerful. Especially if you have sensitive skin like many of us do, you will be much better off to find a product that does not contain this ingredient.
Essential Oils:
Although they are often used to make products smell better or as natural remedies for different skin conditions, essential oils can actually cause a lot of irritation especially in people with sensitive skin. What makes them so harmful is that they are portrayed as being completely safe and all-natural which is often not the case. They have been known to cause rashes, blisters, hives, and even allergic reactions and respiratory issues. With sales soaring due to the popularity and lack of knowledge due to DIY methods, many people have had some unwanted reactions from essential oils. There are some types to be extra careful with, such as:
  • Bergamot: This oil makes skin extra sensitive to sunlight.
  • Clary sage oil: Used for calming and skin “benefits” may actually induce contractions in pregnant women.
  • Peppermint: Can cause life-threatening breathing problems in infants and young children.
  • Eucalyptus: This oil can bring on asthma attacks and make medications for seizures, narcolepsy, and ADHD less effective.
  • Cinnamon bark: Can cause skin irritations especially in people who have seasonal allergies.
The best way to prevent any adverse reactions is to always read the ingredient list before buying a product. Be as mindful of what you put on your skin as you are for what you put in - and on - your body. To learn more about the best ingredients to use when you have sensitive skin and to prevent irritation, reach out for a conversation with a member of our team today.
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