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4 Things Only People with Sensitive Skin Will Understand


tips for dealing with sensitive skin

By Sarah Parker Ward

Let’s face it: Having sensitive skin is the worst, and only those who have it can understand and relate to the challenges it creates. The good news? For all the trouble sensitive-skin sufferers put up with, there are solutions to help you deal. Here are four common problems sensitive-skin sufferers deal with – and how to solve them.

1. You’re always hunting for ‘fragrance-free’ products.

product label

You’ve probably learned the hard way that the prettier something smells, the tougher it can be on your skin. So you spend a LOT of time scanning the aisle for unscented products.

Pro Tip: Opt for mild, ‘fragrance-free’ products that don’t contain any perfumes. But watch out – some products labeled ‘fragrance-free’ may contain scents and naturally derived substances that contain allergens. If you see natural extracts, know that there’s a chance they could cause the allergic reactions associated with scents that lead to skin irritation. A simple way to help tell if a product is scented? Pop the cap and take a sniff.


2. You spend sunny days looking like an undercover starlet.

sensitive skin in the sun

While your friends are all out basking in the sun’s rays, you’ve donned a hat, oversized sunglasses and long sleeves, and you’re still sitting in the shade. The burn just isn’t worth it.

Pro Tip: Twenty minutes before heading out to play, apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF. While you’ll still want to avoid direct sunlight, you’ll be able to tone down the incognito look.


3. You're uber-selective about fabrics – and fabric softeners.

best clothing and fabrics for sensitive skin

Wool and many synthetic fabrics are literally the bane of your existence, second only to laundry products with dyes and those that don’t live up to their unscented claims.

Pro Tip: Opt for fabrics made from natural fibers, like cotton and silk (but not wool), that are breathable fabrics and less likely to irritate your skin.  


4. You have pimples that are less predictable than the wind.

pimples and sensitive skin

Your delicate skin can go from clear and radiant to irritated and pimple-covered seemingly overnight.

Pro Tip: Work with your dermatologist to build a skincare routine that is just right for your touchy skin – and stick with it. Moisturizing your skin with products that contain glycerin can help maintain your skin’s natural protective layer, while products with aloe can help soothe your skin.

Despite your skin’s high-maintenance attitude, it is manageable with the right products and the right approach. So don’t be down that your sensitive skin makes you work a little harder to take care of it – if anything, you’ve just got way more excuses than everyone else to pamper yourself regularly!  

Third-party references and links provided in this article are for educational purposes only. No sponsorship or endorsement is implied. Information was used from the Mayo Clinic and the American Academy of Dermatology.

©Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017

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