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4 Popular Ingredients That Could be Triggering Your Sensitive Skin

Find out what 4 popular skincare ingredients could actually trigger sensitivity. With this go-to guide you will know what ingredients to avoid and what dermatologist-recommended alternative you can use to minimise sensitivity.

4 Popular Ingredients That Could be Triggering Your Sensitive Skin

When you have sensitive skin, choosing the right skincare products can sometimes be challenging. While the right ingredients will help keep your complexion calm and content, the wrong ones can lead to redness, itching and discomfort. And, in an age of rapidly-moving trends and social media hype, it can be hard to tell the difference.  

To help, we’ve rounded up four of the most popular skincare ingredients that can trigger sensitivity. Read on to find out how many you’re using, and to discover the dermatologist-recommended alternatives to suit your sensitive skin needs.

1. Essential Oils

Essential oils have many purported skin benefits, including soothing pimples, boosting hydration, and minimising wrinkles and acne scarring.  Many people believe that, because they’re natural, they must therefore be gentle on the skin. This is, however, a misconception, and essential oils can often be irritating to sensitive skin. In extreme cases, they can even trigger contact allergies and exacerbate skin conditions such as dermatitis.

Instead of essential oils, try...
For increased hydration
, swap rosehip oil (technically a carrier oil) for hyaluronic acid (HA). Proven to hydrate and re-plump sensitive skin, the Hyalu B5 Serum and Moisturiser contain two forms of pure hyaluronic acid for optimal results. High molecular weight HA helps to trap in moisture at the skin’s surface and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, while low molecular weight HA penetrates deeply to re-plump and help stimulate collagen synthesis.  

Or, for a firmer, more youthful complexion, replace neroli oil with retinol. The sensitive skin solution for anti-ageing, Redermic Retinol pairs pure retinol with progressive release retinol. This ensures optimal wrinkle-smoothing, skintone-evening benefits, minus the irritation often associated with retinol.  

For a clearer complexion with fewer breakouts, replace tea tree oil with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo(+). This light treatment moisturiser for acne-prone skin manages both the causes and symptoms of your breakouts to provide a long-term solution. With visible results in 12 hours*, Effaclar Duo (+) micro-exfoliates with LHA and Salicylic Acid, while Zinc PCA reduces sebum secretion for clearer pores, and prebiotic APF + Mannose promotes a healthy skin microbiome. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) soothes active blemishes, reducing redness and irritation, and Procerad™ helps reduce marks.  

Rather than using eucalyptus oil, soothe your family’s skin irritations with Cicaplast Baume B5. Hypoallergenic and anti-redness, the repair balm provides fast, soothing relief for common skin irritations including extreme dryness, cracks, infant redness, rough patches and minor burns.

2. Physical Exfoliants

Regular exfoliation helps speed up cellular turnover for a brighter, smoother complexion and refined pores. Yet, due to their grainy nature and the manual act of ‘scrubbing’ the skin, physical exfoliants, like crushed walnut shell, fruit pits or coffee grounds, can sometimes be too abrasive.

Typically favoured by dermatologists, a chemical exfoliant avoids micro-tears, and is the recommended choice for sensitive skin. There are two main types of chemical exfoliant: alpha-hydroxy-acids (AHAs) – which work to dissolve the glue that holds onto dead skin cells to slough these cells away; and beta-hydroxy-acids (BHAs) – oil-soluble acids which penetrate more deeply to purge blocked pores.

Instead of physical exfoliants, try...
Effaclar Duo (+) clears pores of dirt and excess sebum with salicylic acid – a popular, well-tolerated BHA. It works alongside the gentle keratolytic action of beta-lipohydroxy acid (LHA) to provide a thorough exfoliation without causing redness or irritation.

3. Charcoal

Formulated for those with excess oil, acne and congestion, activated charcoal promises to detoxify and mattify the skin, while shrinking pores. Unfortunately, however, the deep cleansing ingredient du jour can sometimes be too harsh for those with sensitive skin.

Instead of charcoal, try...
To help eliminate impurities and excess sebum, try La Roche-Posay Effaclar Sebo-Controlling Face Mask. Made from kaolin clay with the soothing benefits of La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water and glycerin, it hydrates the skin as it gently purifies.

4. Fragrance

Used to create a more sensory experience, fragrance is commonly used in skincare – and it can be a problem for sensitive skins.

Go fragrance-free with...
Formulated for all types of sensitive and allergy-prone skin, La Roche-Posay’s high-tolerance Toleriane Range is 100% free from fragrance. Providing daily moisturisation for ultra-sensitive, allergy-prone skin, Toleriane Ultra also avoids alcohol, colourants, preservatives and lanolin. With La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water for antioxidant protection, it provides instant relief with soothing active, Neurosensine™.  

Meanwhile, help for ultra-sensitive eyes comes from Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour cream. Formulated with Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to improve the skin’s barrier function, it helps  keep the eye contour hydrated, with reduced puffiness, redness and itching.  

For more information on La Roche-Posay’s sensitive skin solutions, visit the website.

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