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Top 10 Tips for Cleansing Sensitive Skin

Know What's Going into Your Skin

Always read the labels on the back of skin-care products. Knowing what the ingredients are means knowing what to avoid. It can be overwhelming to sift through a list of unpronounceable chemicals on the back of a bottle, but it's absolutely necessary. Some ingredients are good for normal and combination skins, but terribly harsh for cleansing sensitive skin. Here's a list of some of the more common chemicals that can irritate, sting and dry out sensitive skin:

  • Acetone
  • Alcohol
  • Witch hazel
  • Alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid)
  • Benzoic acid
  • Bronopol
  • Cinnamic acid compounds
  • Dowicil 200
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lactic acid
  • Propylene glycol
  • Quaternary ammonium compounds
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Sorbic acid
  • Urea
  • Vitamin C

[source: Baumann]