How to Take Care of Sensitive, Acne-Prone Skin

How to Take Care of Sensitive, Acne-Prone SkinFinding the right skincare regimen for acne-prone skin can be tricky as it is, but if your skin is sensitive on top of that, the task becomes even more complicated because a lot of popular acne treatments are too much for sensitive skin. Here’s a few tips for taking care of sensitive, acne-prone skin.

Tip #1. Opt for Gentle Products Free of Harsh and Irritating Ingredients

If your skin is acne-prone and sensitive at the same time, it is best to use gentle products because irritation can make your acne symptoms worse. Your cleanser should be light and free of harsh surfactants, your facial scrub should be extremely delicate, your moisturizer should be lightweight and fast-absorbing, and your toner should be alcohol-free. Stay away from products that contain any potential irritants or comegodens, such as mineral oil, parabens, artificial fragrance and dyes, etc.

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Tip #2. Be Careful with Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a popular and effective acne treatment due to its antibacterial, antiseptic and exfoliating properties. It kills harmful bacteria that live on your skin and combats inflammation. Unfortunately, this ingredient isn’t the best option for sensitive skin because it can cause irritation, allergic reactions, and even moderate chemical burns. If your skin is sensitive, try acne treatments with allantoin. It’s a natural ingredient that soothes irritation and promotes healing.

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Tip #3. Look for Products with Plant Extracts

There are a lot of plant extracts with soothing, healing, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that aren’t harsh on sensitive skin. Some of the best plant extracts for sensitive skin include arnica, calendula (marigold), chamomile, lavender, licorice root, thyme, willow bark, and willow herb.

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Tip #4. Introduce New Acne Treatments Slowly and Carefully

Sensitive skin can react badly even to seemingly innocent products, let alone acne treatments that can easily cause dryness and irritation. Until you know how your skin is going to react to a new acne treatment, introduce it slowly and carefully. Don’t use acne treatments every day; start with several times a week and slowly build up to using them more often if everything is okay. You also shouldn’t use too many anti-acne products at once because it may be overkill for your skin. Stick with just one medicated product, and the rest of your skincare products should be medication-free tailored for sensitive skin.

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