8 Natural Ways to Soothe Sensitive Skin

Sensitive Skin

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sensitive skin affects millions of people. But what exactly is sensitive skin, and how can you make it better?

Here’s more on the subject, along with eight ways to cope.

Sensitive Skin

What is Sensitive Skin?

Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, M.D., and director of the University of Miami’s Cosmetic Medicine & Research Institute, states there are four types of sensitive skin:

  1. Acne
  2. Rosacea
  3. Burning and stinging
  4. Contact dermatitis (allergies and irritants, also including eczema)

That means if you suffer from any of these conditions on a regular basis, you can qualify yourself and having sensitive skin. Though each of these creates different symptoms, they all have one thing in common—inflammation.

In 2011, a study published in the International Journal of Dermatology reported on the prevalence of sensitive skin in America. Researchers surveyed nearly 1,000 subjects who answered questions about their skin. Results showed:

  • Nearly 45 percent stated they had sensitive or very sensitive skin.
  • Subjects with sensitive skin had mainly dry or mixed skin, dermatological disorders, or were prone to skin reactions to cosmetics and various environmental factors.
  • The researchers concluded that there was a high prevalence of sensitive skin in the U.S.

How to Tell if You Have Sensitive Skin

In addition to the above conditions, there are other symptoms of sensitive skin. Ask yourself if you experience one or more of the following on a regular basis:

Experiencing these types of symptoms may indicate that you have sensitive skin. Read on for tips on how to make your skin feel better.

How to Cope

Whether your skin is dry, prone to irritation, inflamed, or suffering from skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, or dermatitis, there are some basic steps you can take to improve your skin’s comfort and appearance.

  • Avoid hot water. It strips the skin of its natural oils, promoting dryness. Use lukewarm water most all the time.
  • Don’t soak. If you stand under the shower for long periods of time, again, you’re stripping your skin of its natural moisture. Wash your face last, and apply toner and moisturizer immediately after getting out.
  • Avoid soap. Most soaps are drying. Use soap-free cleansers that have nourishing ingredients.
  • Protect. Sun damage is the number-one cause of skin aging. It can also exacerbate inflammation and redness. Protect with hats, sunglasses, and a safe sunscreen like zinc oxide. During harsh weather, protect your skin with scarves and gloves.
  • Use care. Sensitive skin needs more tender care. Avoid harsh scrubs, brushes, and loofahs and clean and treat gently, using only non-irritating products.
  • Watch out for chemicals. Read the labels on your skin care and other personal care products, avoiding harsh chemicals, and also pay attention to your laundry products. Many can irritate skin because of harsh surfactants.
  • Avoid fragrances. Most are irritating to skin, and many have been linked with causing or exacerbating dermatitis and allergic skin reactions.
  • Reduce products. Look at how many products you’re putting on your skin each day. If it’s more than four, consider cutting back. Can you go without makeup on some days? Maybe avoid that bronzer or primer? Simplify to help your skin recover.

Do you have natural solutions for sensitive skin? Please share them with our readers.

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  1. Sebastian Luna says


    SO I got darker over the summer and switched to a darker foundation, unfortunately it took a toll on my skin. On my neck there is a large red and inflamed area which is quite dry, the patch starts to go away but if one slight thing in my skin care routine is different it goes back to fire truck red. It also took a toll on the area around my eyes, it’s very dry now compared to the rest of my face to the point where it gets flakey when I awake the next morning, same thing with the patch. However, my eyes aren’t inflamed, I also have acne prone skin? Any tips?

    • Michon Newman says

      Hi there! It sounds like you could be having some sensitivity issues to the products you are currently putting on your skin. I would recommend taking a hard look at the ingredients in all your products and making sure there are no chemicals hiding in there. An internal imbalance could be causing this reaction as well, it’s hard to say. It may be beneficial for you to visit a Naturopathy Doctor and see if they can be of any help 🙂

      If you wanted to try something out from our line, the Aloe Herb Cleanser & Herbal Facial Oil for Sensitive Skin would be very soothing!

      xo- Michon
      ASC Customer Happiness Team

  2. amber says

    I have very sensitive skin. Every month or 40 days i get acne (red looks horrible). I have been using a medicated cream since years which i want to get rid of and switch to natural remedy.

    Pls suggest some ways.

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