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When your face is irritated, the last thing you want do is apply a product that makes it look and feel worse—but that guessing game may be a constant struggle if you have sensitive skin. This is due to a weaker skin barrier, which allows irritants—say, from a certain ingredient or colder weather—to penetrate your skin more readily. The result? Redness , itching , or stinging. Kassardjian, such as eczema , psoriasis , or rosacea. Sensitive skin is usually pretty dry, too.
Skip navigation! Story from Skin Care. If your skin is so sensitive that you have to move out of the way when your desk neighbor starts spritzing her essential oil face mist, and a gentle sleeping mask leaves you red, itchy, and bumpy by morning, we understand how frustrating it is to go moisturizer shopping. Without guidance, an aisle full of creams can look like a straight shot to acne and irritation. That's why we called in the pros who know a thing or two about what to do — and what not to do — when it comes to skin sensitivity and allergens. It's important to start with clean skin to prevent transference of bacteria or other irritants before patting on light moisturizers geared toward sensitive skin, says dermatologist Dendy Engelman , MD. For dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi , MD, it's all about picking your battles. She suggests avoiding chemical sunscreens, physical scrubs, fragrance, parabens, sulfates, dyes, and anything "hot and steamy" which is code for saunas, hot water, or steam rooms.