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Thoroughly cleansing sensitive skin without irritating it can be a difficult task, but there are ways to prevent your skin from going crazy after a good wash. If you’re among the people (most of us are) that believe you need a good lather or a harsh scrub to be fully clean and exfoliated, you’re also probably adding to your skin irritation. Keep your skin clean and calm by using our guide on how to cleanse sensitive skin.
Keep it Simple
As we’ve mentioned before, pinpointing the exact skincare products that will deliver consistent results without irritation is most likely going to be a trial and error process, but it’s important to keep hunting. Once you’ve found some amazing core products, leave your skincare routine at that. Look for cleansers that avoid alcohol, fragrance and sulfates. It’s tempting to always try out the newest anti-aging miracle or the most buzzed about toner, but doing so can cause sensitive skin to freak out. For sensitive skin, it’s best to stick with a basic cleanser, gentle toner (if you need one), sunscreen and a moisturizer. Consistently using a simple, gentle and effective cleansing routine will go a long way in keeping your sensitive skin happy.
Avoid Cleansing Tools
Who doesn’t want a cleansing brush? They promise to deliver impressive results because they clean more deeply than fingers, and for some people these brushes really are amazing. However, when you’re dealing with sensitive skin, these brushes can do far more harm than good. These brushes are rougher on your skin than your fingers and the brush heads are often coarse rather than soft. If you really want to use your cleansing brush, stick to two or three times per week so you aren’t overdoing it.
Use Warm Water
Hot water feels amazing in the winter and cold water is super refreshing during the summer, but the extreme temperatures are not ideal for sensitive skin. It’s true that hot water opens pores, but it also strips your skin of necessary moisture and this results in irritation and increased sensitivity. Lukewarm water is the optimal temperature for cleansing sensitive skin.
Go Easy on Exfoliation
If you have sensitive skin, cleansing your face two times a day is plenty and you don’t need to worry about exfoliation at every wash. In fact, over-exfoliating will cause damage that results in irritation and excess oil. Pick two nights a week to exfoliate and avoid harsh and rough scrubs. If a product has apricot kernels, walnut shells, pumice or other hard ingredients like that, it’s not a good idea for your sensitive skin. Gentle chemical exfoliants like lactic or salicylic acids are generally tolerated by those with sensitive skin. If your sensitive skin leans on the dry side, lactic acid is also a great skincare ingredient for adding and retaining moisture. If you have sensitive acne-prone skin, salicylic acid in low concentrations will exfoliate and deep clean your pores to remove dirt and debris.
When it comes to sensitive skin, the rule less is more is often the case. Your sensitive skin requires gentle care with products that are simple but efficient. Cleansing your face the right way will decrease irritation and inflammation, leaving you with clean, healthy and calm skin.