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Makeup Do’s and Dont’s for Sensitive Skin

by Apr 21, 2020Makeup Tips

Before we dive into the makeup portion; let’s go over sensitive skin.

What is sensitive skin?

We found this great article taken from WebMd to help us explain:
“Many people say they have sensitive skin because skin care products, or household products that contact their skin, cause stinging, burning, redness, or tightness. Or they say they have it because even though they have no visible effects after contact with a product, it always makes their skin feel uncomfortable.”

But here is what dermatologists look for when diagnosing sensitive skin:
  • Skin reactions such as pustules, skin bumps, or skin erosion
  • Very dry skin which doesn’t properly protect nerve endings in the skin
  • A tendency towards blushing and skin flushing

What can you look for in skincare products to make your skin less irritated or sensitive under makeup?

  • Little or NO fragrance
  • Alcohol
  • AHA/ BHA acids

The Problem With Sensitive Skin and Makeup.

Makeup isn’t inherently bad for your skin, but it does tend to clog pores. It can also trap whatever is already on your skin, so if you apply makeup immediately after using a product to which your skin is sensitive, a reaction is more likely.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), fragrance is the biggest cause of cosmetic contact dermatitis. Current laws allow fragrance and get away with not clearly listing it as an ingredient in our cosmetic products.
Products need to be more than labeled as just fragrance free. Some companies are now using essential oils instead of synthetic fragrances.
There are plenty of options for those sensitive types. Medical grade products tend to be less interested in making products smell like roses and are more likely to worry about the results.
We have plenty of options for any skin type including sensitive.
Having a skin specialist is imperative to get you the right fit for you skincare and makeup products.
What’s in YOUR makeup bag?!