Experiencing sensitivity after using skincare products is common, with symptoms such as redness, itching, tingling, and bumps. But are these symptoms indicative of an allergic reaction, and what ingredients could be causing them? How can we avoid them?
Women often experiment with different skincare products from around the world. However, when experiencing sensitivity, tracking the culprit can be difficult due to insufficient labeling. Sensitivity can sometimes be misinterpreted as an allergic reaction when, in fact, it could be an acne problem. Certain skincare products can clog pores and cause acne and pimples. Additionally, those with pre-existing sensitive skin conditions like eczema or rosacea are more prone to skin irritation and outbreaks.
Some individuals may not be aware that they have rosacea, and mistakenly believe they have sensitive skin, but try different skincare products only to experience irritation. Excluding pre-existing skin problems, what skincare ingredients are more likely to cause sensitivity? And how can we avoid them? In general, it is best to avoid skincare products with acidic, alcohol-based, artificially scented, and highly alkaline ingredients that can irritate the skin.
Several ingredients are more likely to cause sensitivity, including fragrance, formaldehyde, preservatives, and alcohol. Don’t assume that moisturizers cannot cause sensitivity, as two common ones can trigger sensitivity in some people:
- Propylene Glycol – a moisturizer that is one of the most common sensitizing agents in cosmetics.
- Lanolin – a sealing moisturizer that can cause skin sensitivity, particularly for those with sensitive skin, eczema, or skin wounds.
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