People with sensitive skin can have a hard time getting the products and treatments they need for acne, uneven skin tone, blemishes or wrinkles. Many of the skincare all-stars that can alleviate their skin problems can involve some harsh side effects. If you have sensitive skin, experience irritation or redness, you might want to read about the caveats for these skincare ingredients:
Retinols – Yes, retinols can do wonders to your skin when it comes to acne. It also boosts collagen production and can make your skin tone more balanced. However, for those with sensitive skin, the redness and peeling can be an issue. Photosensitivity can also result in the usage of retinols, so if you have sensitive skin and are using retinols to help with your acne problems, you should ramp up your sunscreen use.
Hyaluronic Acids – H.A.’s can restore the suppleness of your skin, not to mention it’s naturally occurring in your bodies so it makes for easy absorption. The problem with H.A.’s is that they also allow for other substances to be easily absorbed by your skin. Topical skin care products with potent active ingredients would then go deeper into your skin and might not be well-received, resulting in irritation.
Benzoyl Peroxide – This substance can eliminate bacteria that causes acne, but also leads to dryness and a rough texture for those with sensitive skin. This means that you would have to use extra moisturizer to compensate for the side effects. This product is definitely not for everyone and your dermatologist would need to do a full evaluation of your skin before suggesting or prescribing a peroxide product.
Salicylic Acids – What salicylic acids do is they disssolve all the bacteria and dirt that can clog your pores which ultimately lead to blackheads and whiteheads. It’s very effective but comes with certain side effects, namely irritation, redness and dryness. You may want to ask your dermatologist about certain doses for this substance to make sure you don’t suffer any of the downsides, as you can still get the positive effects of it without sacrificing your skin’s integrity.