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8 Natural Ways to Soothe Sensitive Skin


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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)

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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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COMMENTS ( 19 and counting )
  1. Saeed says:

    Not use green tea oatmeal and honey frequently in one day, i forgot to say before not so best

  2. Saeed says:

    Last medication and most important is to put trust on god

  3. Sam says:

    My face is acne prone skin but at i have dark spot on my face me use hydroquione cream but at a tym my face became red red so what i am do for my skin plz tell me

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi Sam,

      It sounds like you had a reaction to the hydroquione cream you used! We’re sorry to hear that! While you heal, we would suggest working with soothing and nourishing products like the Unscented Facial Oil as a daily moisturizer and the Coconut Honey Mask as a weekly treatment. When you’re ready for a serum, try the Citrus Stem Cell Serum!

  4. Jackie says:

    Hi, I’m Jackie and I have sensitive along with acne, my acne was a lot worse before. I had big pustules, redness, itch, pain.
    thanks to drinking and applying green tea on the area before going to bed,
    The pustules, itch and pain went away, but redness has not.
    By the way you notice differences overnight.

  5. Jill says:

    It says to use yogurt n oatmeal for a mask but then it says in comments to not use dairy products. My question is can you use regular cooled down cooked oatmeal for a mask or does cooking the oats take away all the nutrients and properties to cure inflamation .

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Everyone’s skin is a bit different. Using a high-quality yogurt can be helpful for some people in a mask, it’s all about finding what works for you!
      I personally like to powder the oats and use them with yogurt for inflammation – it feels so good 🙂

  6. Chhaya says:

    I i live in gujrat…i m 40, my skin became very sensitive n redness on both side of cheeks. ..i want my skin very clear an tight , plz sugesst me product for the same.

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hey there!

      I’m sorry to hear about your sensitivities! Try working with really nourishing products and a really basic routine like the Aloe-Herb Cleanser and then the Unscented Facial Oil. When you’re acclimated to that, the Anti-Aging Serum can be a great addition for you.


  7. rakesh says:

    I have skin flakes and redness on the nose, cheeks and near the eye brows. The skin just accumulates nd when i scrub it with water it does clear but becomes red. Doctor recommends hydrocortisone cream but it has temporary effect nd not permanent. What is the best natural solution?please email me. Also i avoid washing the face daily. Await your email. Thanks.

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi there,

      It sounds like you’re needing a bit more love for your skin! Have you tried working with a moisturizer? Our Unscented Facial Oil could be helpful for you to use after cleansing.

  8. abantika says:

    I have extremely sensitive skin. what ever I use my face feel irritated. I have uneven skin tone. my upper lip and chin areas are darker than other parts and more dry. That area burns when I use sun screen lotion. even my eye area burn. My face becoming dull day by day. Sometimes it become oily but other time it is dry. please help me.

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi there!

      It certainly does sound like you have sensitive skin! We would suggest working with a very simple, basic routine and sticking to that routine everyday. Something like a raw honey mask to cleanse (leave it on for about 15-20 minutes; it’s really wonderful if you can do it with a face steam over some simmering water) and then a gentle Serum and Moisturizer like the Anti-Aging Serum with the Unscented Facial everyday.

    • Annmarie Skin Care says:

      Hi there,

      I’m sorry to hear about your skin! We would suggest a visit with an esthetician or a holistic practitioner so they can see what’s going on with your skin and give you advice on the best steps to take for glowing skin.

  9. nomy says:

    I have just red skin so tell me what i do

  10. Your blog has helped me on what to do with my sensitive skin, I usually suffer from clogged pores, especially when I am under stressful situations. Now, I know how to properly care for my skin. Thanks!

  11. Mallory says:

    The absolute best way to clean your skin naturally and to see the beauty and cleanliness.
    Wash-with plain Greek yogurt
    Tone -with organic apple cider vinegar (only 2 or 3 times a week) let dry.
    Moisturize-raw natural honey on lightly wet finger tips and let dry as long as u want. Rinse off with warm water.
    You can use the yogurt and honey daily