6 things to avoid with sensitive skin

If you have sensitive skin, then you know how quickly it can become irritated. Showing symptoms such as itchiness, redness or feeling dry. These symptoms can be difficult to ease especially if you are not sure what is causing them. Checkout these 6 things to avoid if you have sensitive skin.

How many times have you brought a new skincare product, only to breakout into an itchy red mess within a few hours?

Whist it may seem like a mine field, trying to avoid products that cause irritation, there are some products that are notoriously bad for inflaming your sensitive skin.

Here’s the top 6 things that might be causing skin irritation. We recommend checking the ingredient lists on skincare products before buying them, especially if you have never used them before. You could save yourself a small fortune! Plus you might want to check your beauty cupboard and have a good old clear out.


Whilst it is important to exfoliate your skin twice a week, you should to take care with the type of exfoliant you are using. Exfoliating is excellent at helping to increase the cellular turnover and keep your skin looking gorgeous, but the wrong exfoliant will have the opposite effect.

Dermatologist Annie Chiu says, “over-exfoliation can actually end up causing acne and flaky skin, the two things many people hope exfoliants will combat!”

Avoid products that have physical exfoliants in them. The ones with the little scrubby bits it them. Such as micro-beads, crushed apricot kernels, sugar and sea salt are all too harsh for sensitive skin—no matter how gentle the labelling promises.

Also did you know that face washes and scrubs containing plastic micro-beads are now banned! They are bad for the environment and killing our sea life!

Instead we recommend using gentle chemical exfoliants that contain natural fruit acids like paypaya or low strength AHA acids like Mandelic and Glycolic acids. These gently remove the glue that holds dead skin cells together. AHAs are derived from natural substances and are ideal for exfoliating dry skin.


No matter what product you are using, alcohol in skincare products should be avoided. Its super drying as it sucks moisture right out of your skin. This can lead to itching, flaky skin and redness.

We recommend only buying “Alcohol Free” products.


Wearing sunscreen is the Number 1 thing you can do to help protect your skin and slow down the ageing process. But for sensitive skin, chemical sunscreens can cause itrritation.

Steer clear of products with the following chemical in them:

Oxybenzone, avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and andoctinoxate.

On the flip side, we recommend opting for a Mineral sunscreen such as Heliocare 360 Mineral. Mineral sunscreen containing Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide physically block harmful UV rays.


Like you, we love a good foamy wash. But most of these foamy products contain sulfates or sulfur containing mineral salts. The most common culprit is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Sulfates can cause chronic dryness and itchiness as they strip moisture from your skin. And its not just your face it effects, your whole body can become dry and irritated, even your your scalp.

We recommend avoiding these ingredients as much as possible, look for “Sulfate Free” or “soapless” options.


Just because a product smells good, doesn’t mean its good for your skin. After all, you’re buying a skincare product, not a smelly.

When the word ‘fragrance’ appears as an ingredient on the label, you might want to set the alarm bells ringing. Companies are not legally required to list fragrance ingredients. This means you will never know whats in it. That can spell disaster to sensitive skin.

For the safest option we recommend choosing products that are “Fragrance Free”. Or, products that use natural ingredients like essential oils. But use these with caution as you might still cause a reaction if you are super sensitive.


Piping hot water when you wash, shower or bathe can cause a heightened level of skin sensitivity. Hot water can also dry out your skin, stripping it of necessary natural oils. Just what you don’t want if you already have dry or sensitive skin.

We recommend dialling down the faucet and keeping your water to a comfortable warm temperature.

Top Tip

Be sure to moisturise within a minute of stepping out of the shower or bath. You skin will drink up your moisturiser or body oils as when its damp. And it will help lock in maximum moisture.

If you have troublesome skin why not come in and have a skin assessment with one of our experienced aestheticians who can advise you on treatments and skin care to help improve you skin.

Give us a call on 01562887743 or fill in the form below.