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5 Sensitive Skin-Friendly Tips
for Combating Acne

5 Sensitive
Skin-Friendly Tips for
Combating Acne

5 Sensitive Skin-Friendly Tips for Combating Acne

Less is definitely more!

We all wish we could have blemish-free skin all the time, but the truth is it’s almost impossible to avoid a breakout at some point in your life. Achieving smooth skin requires a ton of patience and sometimes a few lifestyle changes. Clear skin doesn’t have to be a distant dream and it’s okay if you’re struggling to get your skin under control. While it may take time to determine what works best for you, we spoke with Dr. Angela J. Lamb, Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York for her best advice on treating acne with sensitive skin.

1. Gently Slough Away Dead Skin Cells That Cause Congestion

Stick to gentle cleansers that have ingredients that help promote skin cell turnover like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acids,” advises Dr. Lamb. “Avoid ingredients that are too harsh or that have abrasive "beads” in them.” It’s easy to want to over-exfoliate your skin but this actually does more harm than good. Too much exfoliation can actually spread bacteria to other parts of your face (which in turn causes more acne) and can strip your skin of essential oils.

2. Skip Outdated, "Quick" Skin Tricks

Quick treatments such as applying toothpaste or rubbing alcohol onto acne are fast ways to disrupt your skin microbiome. They’re also less likely to actually work. Instead of combating acne, they only increase redness and inflammation which are quick ways to create hyperpigmentation. For those with sensitive skin, it’s even more important to avoid these types of harsh treatments, as your skin barrier is already naturally fragile and these can quickly cause damage.

3. Never Pick and Pop

This is a major no, no! Especially for sensitive skin that is already prone to redness and inflammation. Picking and prodding can increase your risks of inflammation and spread bacteria causing more acne to form. Leave the extracting to the professionals and instead rely on chemical exfoliators like AHA and BHA to remove stubborn debris from your pores. For extremely sensitive skin, we recommend PHAs aka polyhydroxy acids as they’re incredibly gentle while remaining just as effective at fighting acne.

4. Tailor Your Skincare Routine

If your current routine just isn’t cutting it, shift your focus towards products that include skin-soothing ingredients to supplement your sensitive skin-friendly routine. Our sensitive skin lineup contains Centella Asiatica, ceramides, tofu, pear, and fig to eliminate redness and heal irritation. Considering how volatile it can be, reinforcing your skin barrier should be your top priority if you have sensitive skin. Keep an eye out for lipids like cholesterol and ceramides that are perfect barrier-protecting ingredients you must include. Plus, keep your skin healthy and your barrier intact is a natural way to fight acne from forming in the first place.

5. Be patient

Battling acne with sensitive skin may seem like a tricky feat. However, patience is key and it’s crucial to remember you can’t rush results. Constantly using too many new products at once will make it a lot harder for you to isolate what exactly is triggering your skin. Once you find a core group of non-irritating, protective products, stick to that regimen and reap the rewards of healthy skin.

Our favorite cleanser is the Rice Cleansing Sorbet. Unlike traditional foam or gel cleansers, this oil-based balm gently cleanses and nourishes the skin at the same time. You’ll be left with incredibly smooth, hydrated skin that is ready for the rest of your routine. Plus, it won’t waste your time — the formula melts within seconds of contact with your skin quickly getting rid of impurities without the hassle.

On lazy mornings, we like to reach for a toner like the Bitter Green Essence Toner as it has the balancing power of a toner and the potency of the essence so you’re getting the functionality of two products in one easy step. We love that this purifying toner helps to balance oil production, soothe inflammation, and provide the skin with max hydration. It’s everything you need for clear, radiant skin.

When it comes to moisturizers we love reaching for those that are lightweight and grease-free but pack a punch of moisturizing power. The Salmon Cream is one of our holy grails as it provides the nourishment your skin needs while infusing it with anti-aging must-haves like salmon caviar, firming adenosine, and collagen-boosting peptides. It’s more than just an everyday moisturizer — it’s the key to healthy, youthful skin.

Pro tip: Don’t forget to follow up with SPF! It is essential that you protect your skin so no matter how tired you are be sure to add a decent layer of sunscreen at the end of your routine.

💛It needs to be said again — skincare shouldn’t be complicated. The easier your routine is the more likely you are to stick to it. So, don’t make things hard on yourself and create a routine that works for you.

💛 LONG STORY SHORT

While sensitive skin can be hard to manage — especially when you have acne — that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to. Stick to these tips and tricks and you’ll be sure to experience clear skin in no time.

Less is definitely more!

We all wish we could have blemish-free skin all the time, but the truth is it’s almost impossible to avoid a breakout at some point in your life. Achieving smooth skin requires a ton of patience and sometimes a few lifestyle changes. Clear skin doesn’t have to be a distant dream and it’s okay if you’re struggling to get your skin under control. While it may take time to determine what works best for you, we spoke with Dr. Angela J. Lamb, Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York for her best advice on treating acne with sensitive skin.

1. Gently Slough Away Dead Skin Cells That Cause Congestion

Stick to gentle cleansers that have ingredients that help promote skin cell turnover like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acids,” advises Dr. Lamb. “Avoid ingredients that are too harsh or that have abrasive "beads” in them.” It’s easy to want to over-exfoliate your skin but this actually does more harm than good. Too much exfoliation can actually spread bacteria to other parts of your face (which in turn causes more acne) and can strip your skin of essential oils.

2. Skip Outdated, "Quick" Skin Tricks

Quick treatments such as applying toothpaste or rubbing alcohol onto acne are fast ways to disrupt your skin microbiome. They’re also less likely to actually work. Instead of combating acne, they only increase redness and inflammation which are quick ways to create hyperpigmentation. For those with sensitive skin, it’s even more important to avoid these types of harsh treatments, as your skin barrier is already naturally fragile and these can quickly cause damage.

3. Never Pick and Pop

This is a major no, no! Especially for sensitive skin that is already prone to redness and inflammation. Picking and prodding can increase your risks of inflammation and spread bacteria causing more acne to form. Leave the extracting to the professionals and instead rely on chemical exfoliators like AHA and BHA to remove stubborn debris from your pores. For extremely sensitive skin, we recommend PHAs aka polyhydroxy acids as they’re incredibly gentle while remaining just as effective at fighting acne.

4. Tailor Your Skincare Routine

If your current routine just isn’t cutting it, shift your focus towards products that include skin-soothing ingredients to supplement your sensitive skin-friendly routine. Our sensitive skin lineup contains Centella Asiatica, ceramides, tofu, pear, and fig to eliminate redness and heal irritation. Considering how volatile it can be, reinforcing your skin barrier should be your top priority if you have sensitive skin. Keep an eye out for lipids like cholesterol and ceramides that are perfect barrier-protecting ingredients you must include. Plus, keep your skin healthy and your barrier intact is a natural way to fight acne from forming in the first place.

5. Be patient

Battling acne with sensitive skin may seem like a tricky feat. However, patience is key and it’s crucial to remember you can’t rush results. Constantly using too many new products at once will make it a lot harder for you to isolate what exactly is triggering your skin. Once you find a core group of non-irritating, protective products, stick to that regimen and reap the rewards of healthy skin.

💛 LONG STORY SHORT

While sensitive skin can be hard to manage — especially when you have acne — that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to. Stick to these tips and tricks and you’ll be sure to experience clear skin in no time.

Less is definitely more!

We all wish we could have blemish-free skin all the time, but the truth is it’s almost impossible to avoid a breakout at some point in your life. Achieving smooth skin requires a ton of patience and sometimes a few lifestyle changes. Clear skin doesn’t have to be a distant dream and it’s okay if you’re struggling to get your skin under control. While it may take time to determine what works best for you, we spoke with Dr. Angela J. Lamb, Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York for her best advice on treating acne with sensitive skin.

1. Gently Slough Away Dead Skin Cells That Cause Congestion

Stick to gentle cleansers that have ingredients that help promote skin cell turnover like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acids,” advises Dr. Lamb. “Avoid ingredients that are too harsh or that have abrasive "beads” in them.” It’s easy to want to over-exfoliate your skin but this actually does more harm than good. Too much exfoliation can actually spread bacteria to other parts of your face (which in turn causes more acne) and can strip your skin of essential oils.

2. Skip Outdated, "Quick" Skin Tricks

Quick treatments such as applying toothpaste or rubbing alcohol onto acne are fast ways to disrupt your skin microbiome. They’re also less likely to actually work. Instead of combating acne, they only increase redness and inflammation which are quick ways to create hyperpigmentation. For those with sensitive skin, it’s even more important to avoid these types of harsh treatments, as your skin barrier is already naturally fragile and these can quickly cause damage.

3. Never Pick and Pop

This is a major no, no! Especially for sensitive skin that is already prone to redness and inflammation. Picking and prodding can increase your risks of inflammation and spread bacteria causing more acne to form. Leave the extracting to the professionals and instead rely on chemical exfoliators like AHA and BHA to remove stubborn debris from your pores. For extremely sensitive skin, we recommend PHAs aka polyhydroxy acids as they’re incredibly gentle while remaining just as effective at fighting acne.

4. Tailor Your Skincare Routine

If your current routine just isn’t cutting it, shift your focus towards products that include skin-soothing ingredients to supplement your sensitive skin-friendly routine. Our sensitive skin lineup contains Centella Asiatica, ceramides, tofu, pear, and fig to eliminate redness and heal irritation. Considering how volatile it can be, reinforcing your skin barrier should be your top priority if you have sensitive skin. Keep an eye out for lipids like cholesterol and ceramides that are perfect barrier-protecting ingredients you must include. Plus, keep your skin healthy and your barrier intact is a natural way to fight acne from forming in the first place.

5. Be patient

Battling acne with sensitive skin may seem like a tricky feat. However, patience is key and it’s crucial to remember you can’t rush results. Constantly using too many new products at once will make it a lot harder for you to isolate what exactly is triggering your skin. Once you find a core group of non-irritating, protective products, stick to that regimen and reap the rewards of healthy skin.

💛 LONG STORY SHORT

While sensitive skin can be hard to manage — especially when you have acne — that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to. Stick to these tips and tricks and you’ll be sure to experience clear skin in no time.

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