Exfoliation is the key to clear and smooth skin. But people with sensitive skin often experience redness and irritation with exfoliation. Here is a guide for gentle exfoliation for people with sensitive skin.
Although exfoliation has gained an important position in our daily skincare, incorrect exfoliation can result in a damaged skin barrier, long-term redness, and irritation with sensitivity. This side effect is more profound in people with sensitive skin because they already have dry, flaky, itchy, and red skin with high skin reactivity and rash occurrence.
For gentle exfoliation, keep in mind the following points:
- Avoid scrubbing or mechanical exfoliating methods; it can cause irritation and redness.
- Start with gentle cleansers that too once a week. These cleansers have lesser contact time hence fewer chances of developing any side effects.
- Avoid strong ingredients like retinoids, vitamin C, AHAs, etc.
- BHAs are usually suitable for sensitive skin but try to use them in small concentrations. If you have to use higher concentrations, try getting treatment by a licensed practitioner in the proper derma office.
- Glycolic acid, citric acid, lactic acid, and mandelic acid are the ingredients of choice for sensitive skin.
- Always do a patch test. This is mandatory for people with sensitive skin as this one step can help you prevent serious consequences.
About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Pakistan, Lahore. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling and pharmaceutical care planning. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.