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Which Sensitizing Ingredients In Cosmetic Sensitive Skin Should Avoid

We cannot stress this enough: sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and fragrant ingredients are harmful to the skin. Daily application of skin care products that contain sensitizing ingredients is a major way we unknowingly do our skin a disservice!

Sensitizing ingredients are so dangerous because they can lead to obvious problems you wouldn’t wouldn’t see if you switched to non-irritating products–those packed with ingredients that replenish and soothe skin.


We can help you learn what to avoid so you can regain the beautiful skin that has been in retreat because of the daily beating it takes when you use products with sensitizing ingredients!

Sensitizing Ingredients Can Make Oily Skin and Breakouts Worse

Oily, breakout-prone skin is especially susceptible to the effects of sensitizing ingredients. When problem ingredients (see the list below) aggravate skin’s surface, a chain reaction can occur that makes oily skin worse, possibly triggering more breakouts.

Not treating oily, breakout-prone skin gently is practically a guarantee of making matters worse. All you want is to curb excess oil and control the breakouts and clogged pores, but the wrong products can make this impossible.

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Alcohol (Denatured or SD) is always one of the top offenders we see in lots of skincare products, but next in line is fragrance. Surprisingly, fragrance can be sensitizing whether it’s natural or synthetic. Essential oils always get a pass at being helpful for skin, but the research shows that isn’t the case. Alcohol and fragrance-free are the first steps toward the gentle care all skin types—especially oily or breakout-prone—need.

Sensitizing Ingredients Can Make Dry Skin Worse

Dry skin is just as susceptible to the effects of sensitizing ingredients as any other skin type. The difference is that instead of skin becoming oilier, it becomes drier, visibly flaky, and can look dehydrated and dull. We’re certain that’s not what anyone wants from their skincare products!

Many sensitizing ingredients (including denatured alcohol and fragrance mentioned above) quickly dehydrate skin’s surface, leading to a feeling of tight, drawn skin.

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With ongoing use, sensitizing, drying ingredients can rob skin’s surface of the replenishing ingredients it needs to stay smooth, supple, and hydrated. If you have dry, flaky, dehydrated skin, switching to non-irritating products can make a visible difference, often overnight!

All Skin Types, Be Gentle!

To get and keep the beautiful skin you want, treating skin gently is the best habit to begin! Doing so maintains a smooth and radiant surface, helps skin better defend itself from environmental damage, reduces excess surface oil, and can minimize the look of pores.

We know you will see dramatic improvements to your skin simply by avoiding products with questionable ingredients and learning to be gentle. This list also includes not pulling or tugging at the skin, a bad habit that can hasten the loss of firmness that makes skin (especially around the eyes) look older, do not scrub or abrade the surface, do not use hot water, and avoid anything that makes your skin tingle.

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Avoid The Following Ingredients

The list below is a mini cheat sheet you can keep in mind when shopping for skincare products and using them at home:

  • Overly abrasive scrubs (such as those that contain aluminum oxide crystals, walnut shells, fruit pits, or pumice).
  • Toners containing known sensitizers denatured or SD alcohol, menthol, peppermint and witch hazel.
  • Scrub mitts (think Buf-Puf) and loofahs.
  • Facial masks containing fragrant essential oils and polyvinyl alcohol.
  • Facial cleansing brushes unless the brand offers an ultra-soft brush head for sensitive skin.
  • Bar soaps and bar cleansers, which are just too drying regardless of the claims.
  • Any product with a strong, wafting scent, whether the source of the fragrance, is natural or synthetic.
  • Cold or hot water (lukewarmly is ideal).
  • Steaming or icing the skin.
  • Picking at the skin.

Common Irritating Ingredients To Avoid:

  • Ammonia
  • Arnica
  • Balm mint
  • Balsam
  • Benzalkonium chloride
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Bergamot
  • Camphor
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus juices and oils
  • Clove
  • Clover blossom
  • Coriander
  • Essential oils
  • Eucalyptus
  • Eugenol
  • Fennel oil
  • Fir needle
  • Fragrance (natural or synthetic)
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Horsetail
  • Isoeugenol
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Linalool
  • Melissa (lemon balm)
  • Menthol
  • Menthoxypropanediol
  • Menthyl lactate
  • Mint
  • Oak bark
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Parfum
  • Peppermint
  • Rose oil
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfate
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • TEA-lauryl sulfate
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • Witch hazel
  • Ylang-ylang

DPL  Treatment For Sensitive Skin

What is Intense Pulsed Light (DPL)?

DPL devices use multiple wavelengths of light to treat sun-induced changes on the face, including brown pigmentation, age spots, and broken blood vessels. DPL is also used to deal with the facial changes of rosacea, including redness and broken blood vessels. DPL may be utilized for these changes on the hands, neck, and chest as well. It is safe, non-invasive and is tailored to the individual patient’s skin.


The result is various depending on each specific case.

How DPL (IPL) Works

A broad spectrum of light is transmitted through a small, smooth, transparent handpiece which is gently placed over the skin. Cut-off filters in the handpiece change the wavelength range allowing it to be optimized for different applications and skin types. The light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by either the blood when treating vascular lesions or the melanin when treating pigmented lesions damaging them. The body’s natural processes then remove the injured tissue giving the skin a more even and youthful appearance.

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