How to Treat Sensitive Skin
Consult your doctor to create the best approach for your sensitive skin. Some common tips are:
Use Products Appropriate for Sensitive Skin – A common method used to reduce skin sensitivity is to use non-irritating products. It may be best to avoid harsh soaps, fragrances, and antibacterial products containing alcohol, as these may further irritate your sensitive skin. Choose mild, unscented or fragrance-free products and look for those labeled as hypoallergenic, indicating they have been tested for common reactions.
Tip: The best way to find out if a product is suitable for your skin is to do a patch test. Dab the product on your forearm or behind your ear and leave it on overnight. Repeat this process for several days and if there’s no reaction, you can start using the product elsewhere on your body.
– Daily moisturizing can help to counteract the dryness that may make your skin prone to sensitivity – by giving the skin the essential moisture it needs. For sensitive skin, use a hypoallergenic moisturizer like Vaseline® Jelly Original
. It’s recommended by dermatologists and has the seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association which means it is appropriate for use by those with Eczema. Vaseline® Jelly creates a barrier that locks in moisture to help protect your natural skin barrier. Find out more about reducing dryness with our guide on how to get rid of dry skin.
Wear Soft, Loose Clothing – Certain fabrics, as well as some skin care products can irritate sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin you may benefit from wearing clothes made from smooth, soft, natural fabrics like cotton and silk. Loose fitting garments may also be less likely to cause irritation to the skin.
Protect Sensitive Skin – Be sure to protect your skin in extreme weather conditions. Cover up with gloves and scarves in the winter, and wear a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 all year round to prevent the signs of sun damage, which can lead to dryness and sensitive skin. Also do not over heat your home; instead keep it at a balanced temperature.