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5 Beauty Mistakes You Should Avoid Making If You Have Sensitive Skin

5 Beauty Mistakes You Should Avoid Making If You Have Sensitive Skin
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Even during the pandemic, it’s important to take care of our skin the best we can. However, it seems like no matter how many expensive products we put on our face, some of us still experience redness, itching, and a burning sensation on our skin. Well, if you have these reactions to makeup and skin care products, you might have sensitive skin.

“Sensitive” skin is a vague term, so it is best to determine the different skin types and how to know which category you fall under.

In a video by the Philippine Dermatological Society, Coreen Copuyoc Sampedro, MD, FPDS says that to figure out your skin type, here’s what you have to do: clean your face with a mild soap and lukewarm water, then pat dry. Do not apply any product while you observe your skin at room temperature. After 30 minutes, you may notice any of the following characteristics:

Oily skin

There are shiny and greasy areas, especially the T-zone, and usually shows enlarged pores as well.

Dry skin

Your skin feels tight, rough, flaky, or scaly.

Combination skin

Some parts of your face are oily, while some are dry and tight.

Normal skin

Well-balanced, neither oily nor dry.

Sensitive skin

Prone to rashes and bumps, and using some products may sting or burn. “Usually they already form a lot of rashes or bumps, or they get some itchy or tingling sensation whenever they try over-the-counter products,” says Dr. Coreen.

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If you fall under the “sensitive skin” category, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms such as eczema, rosacea, rashes, dryness, redness, and acne. Those with sensitive skin should watch out for these common beauty mistakes to avoid allergic reactions and skin problems!

Beauty mistake #1: Using harsh products.

According to dermatologist Dr. Raissa Pasion, products with added fragrance or dyes may aggravate eczema or “dermatitis.”

“Eczema is a common condition that causes skin inflammation. People with eczema will have skin that is dry, itchy, scaly, with areas of redness and inflammation,” she says.

Dr. Raissa suggests using a mild soap or cleanser that will not dry out your skin, and moisturize daily with lotion or cream, as most people with eczema will have a defective skin barrier. This is also the best way to avoid constant flare-ups.

Beauty mistake #2: Over-exfoliating.

Exfoliation definitely has benefits as it removes dead skin cells and rejuvenates your skin. However, it’s not something you should do more than twice a week, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Over-exfoliating can cause breakouts, burning, peeling, and inflammation, among others. It can also make your skin sensitive to the products that are already in your routine.

Beauty mistake #3: Not performing patch tests.

Having sensitive skin means that your skin can react to products differently than those with normal skin. It also means that your face is constantly irritated, especially when introducing new products into your routine. Dermatologists suggest performing patch tests on patients who have dermatitis to avoid allergic reactions and irritation.

Patch testing is a medical procedure that is performed by dermatologists to determine what causes your rashes. At home, “patch tests” are done by by applying a small amount of the product on a tiny area at the back of your neck. Observe how your skin will react. If no negative reaction is observed after 24 hours, then the product is most likely safe for your skin.

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Beauty mistake #4: Washing the face more than necessary.

Generally, we only need to wash our face twice a day, but if you played sports or engaged in a sweaty activity, washing for a third time is okay. However, “overwashing” your face may lead to breakouts and irritation.

Dr. Roberta Del Campo says, “When washing the face too much, you lose natural oils and fats in the skin, which technically will pull the skin cells apart, allowing room for debris and bacteria to enter the skin, causing infections and inflammation.”

Beauty mistake #5: Wearing new clothes without washing them.

This might seem like a stretch, but it affects those with sensitive skin. Brand new clothes usually contain formaldehyde resins that make clothing wrinkle-resistant. This chemical, however, causes irritation or allergic contact dermatitis if you have sensitive skin.

You can remove formaldehyde resins and excess dyefrom your clothes by washing them first. When looking for a detergent, Dr. Raissa warns that fragrance and dye can irritate your skin, so look for labels that are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and dye-free!

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