10 Tips to Treat Acne on Sensitive Skin

Hi all,

Acne is a very common problem among women across the world and there are various ways to treat the issue. Using both chemical products and natural ingredients are effective in treating the acne and pimples. However, the situation is somewhat tricky for those with sensitive skin. The skin reacts badly to various products and finding something that will suit the skin and heal the acne can be difficult. In this post, I will tell you about 9 effective tips that you can follow to treat acne on your sensitive skin.

1. Use Soap-Free Cleanser:

Keeping the face clean is very important when you have acne problem. But, it is advisable to always opt for gentle, soap-free cleansers. They are often made for sensitive skin and they clean the skin without irritating it. The cleansers allow maintaining the normal skin pH. Also, avoid harsh physical exfoliants and scrubs. Your skin won’t be happy with the aggressive rubbing and you will see loads of breakouts when you do that.

2. Use Alcohol Free Toner:

Using alcohol based toner can be too harsh for sensitive skin. The alcohol free toners are awesome and gentle enough to purify the skin and tighten it up. There are multiple options available in the market. If nothing works, cucumber toner or rose water can be made easily at home and used on sensitive skin.

3. Use Micellar Water:

You can definitely use makeup even if you have sensitive skin. But, oil based cleansers can be heavy on your skin and may lead to rash and breakouts. Using micellar water can be the best option for your makeup removal. There are special ones formulated for sensitive skin. They remove all makeup in the gentlest possible manner and never irritate the skin.

4. Avoid Sun Exposure:

This is a common advice for all skin types. However, the effect of sun exposure can be worst for sensitive skin. The melanin accumulation happens super fast and it often leads to severe breakout, rashes and blemishes. Try to use an effective, non-comedogenic, lightweight sunscreen with high SPF. Try to avoid going out when the sun is harsh and if you do, make sure to wrap the face with a scarf.

5. Avoid Products with Scents:

Products containing scent and fragrances are not suitable at all for sensitive skin. Most of these irritate sensitive skin. So, you must check before buying any skincare or makeup product. If you still want to buy it, make sure to check a sample first and do a patch test.

6. Avoid Botanical Ingredients:

Natural ingredients can be awesome for DIY skin treatments. But, it may not be the case for sensitive skin. Products containing botanical extracts, herbal essence and essential oils are not suitable for this skin type. So, do not use anything that contain these ingredients or use any of them for your DIY recipes.

7. Use Milder Dose of Benzoyl Peroxide:

Benzoyl Peroxide is often used in acne treatment as they dry the acne and remove the scar in a gentle peeling method. However the ingredient is not suitable in higher concentration for sensitive skin. Make sure to discuss the type of your skin with the dermatologist before you start suing it. You can start with a mild dose of 2.5% of it. A maximum of 10% can be used as spot treatment on the acne for anyone with sensitive skin. Also, do not leave on the concentrated spot treatment products that contain Benzoyl peroxide or Retinol. That can be too much for the skin. It is better to let them work for 4-5 hours and then wash it off. It will still be effective if you do that everyday.

8. Stay Away from Vitamin C:

Many people will tell you how awesome Vitamin C is to clear the acne scars and lighten the skin. But, using this product is a strict no when you have sensitive skin. Vitamin C is a very harsh product and can lead to more severe breakouts when used on sensitive skin. Use skin lightening alternatives like Kojic acid that never irritates the skin.

9. Use Soothing Moisturizer

A moisturizer is a must for all skin types and sensitive skin is no exception. But, it is important to choose the right type. Try to pick a gentle, non-comedogenic, oil free moisturizer. Many of them are available in the market and they even help to reduce sebum secretion and fades the blemish. Opt for gel based products if creams do not suit you. Using too many products can be a little too much for your skin. Keep the routine simple and follow it everyday. You will easily get rid of your acne problem.

10. Aspirin Spot Treatment:

Dissolve enough aspirins, (3-4) with just enough water to form a paste and apply it to your skin. If you find the mask too drying, add a teaspoon of organic honey. If you are in need of more moisture, you could add oils such as a drop or two of olive oil too. I have even read about people adding tea tree oil etc, to take it up a notch further. What works here is the salicylic acid. That’s the reason, this mask helps with acne. Also, it helps with redness and helps in the removal of blackheads. And you cannot miss the immediate glow it gives. Try it, might become your on the go mask!

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