7 Skincare Ingredients to Avoid for Sensitive Skin

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If you find yourself constantly having skin irritation from using skincare products, you may have sensitive skin. If this is the case, it’s important to really get to know what’s in your skincare products to see what may be causing the skin irritation.

Below are some of the most common skincare ingredients that are known to cause skin redness or irritation for my sensitive skin clients, and are ingredients you should avoid if possible:


Fragrances are added to products to make them smell better after formulation; however, they can sometimes cause skin irritation. They can cause extreme problems if you are prone to skin allergies. Fragrances can also cause problems if you have skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea.

Denatured Alcohol

Denatured alcohol can cause excessive dryness on the skin and disturb the skin’s natural barrier. Some studies suggest that denatured alcohol on skin may also cause breakouts, skin irritation, and redness.


Scrubs are a physical exfoliant, but should be avoided if you have sensitive skin as they are considered very aggressive on the skin.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel contains tannins, which contains natural astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. Witch hazel should not be used by people with dry or extremely sensitive skin since it is known to cause excessive dryness and irritation to the skin.


Added dyes in skincare products may make skin products look nice and pretty on the shelf, but these unnecessary additives could be the cause of skin irritation in some sensitive skin clients. Avoid skincare products with excessive added dyes if you have sensitive skin.

Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens are not ideal for people with sensitive skin, as it can cause the skin to rash and cause a stinging sensation. Instead, use mineral sunscreens as an alternative.

Essential Oils

Most essential oils should not be used on the skin, particularly for sensitive skin types, as it can cause excessive skin redness and irritation.

What products should I use for my skin?

If you’d like for us to take a look and see which products may work best for your sensitive skin, we offer complimentary consultations! You can schedule your complimentary consultation online today, and we look forward to joining you on your skin care journey!

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