Skincare Tips & Advice
Selecting the Best Cleanser for Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin can react to a variety of factors including skincare, but the proper facial cleanser can help keep redness, burning and stinging at bay. When choosing a cleanser for sensitive skin, it’s important to understand your skin’s needs, as well as additional beneficial ingredients to keep an eye out for.
You never know how your skin will react to a new product—yet it’s easy to narrow down the options once you understand this skin type and what to look for in a cleanser for sensitive skin. In addition to a mild, gentle formula, keep an eye out for extra soothing and hydrating ingredients that can help start your skincare routine off on the right foot.
A closer look at sensitive skin
Sensitive skin is characterized by an increased tendency to react to environmental factors, and it can be due to genetic factors2 or a variety of skin conditions. Sensitive skin symptoms can also be triggered by contact with specific products or ingredients.1 A common underlying factor in most sensitive skin can be a weakened skin barrier. If you experience skin redness, itching, burning and stinging—especially when you apply skincare products—it’s possible you have sensitive skin. Other sensitive skin symptoms include frequent rashes, itching, dry patches, facial redness, reactions to extreme weather conditions and more.1
The ideal cleanser for sensitive skin
There are several options when selecting a facial cleanser for sensitive skin. Our Hydrating Facial Cleanser is a lightweight lotion formula that effectively removes dirt and makeup while rinsing away easily without leaving any residue behind.
Ingredients to look for
In addition to a mild, gentle formula, there are a few additional beneficial ingredients to look for in a facial wash for sensitive skin.
Ceramides: Ceramides are lipids that act as “mortar” between the skin’s cellular “bricks” to reinforce the skin’s barrier and help the skin retain moisture. Ceramides also help the skin barrier protect against environmental aggressors. Without the proper ratio of ceramides, the skin’s barrier can become compromised, which can lead to sensitivity and irritation. All CeraVe products are formulated with three essential ceramides> to help restore the skin barrier.
Hyaluronic Acid: Found naturally within the skin, hyaluronic acid is a sugar that is naturally produced by the body. and is responsible for the skin’s plumpness and volume. This ingredient can attract and retain moisture, making it an excellent non-comedogenic hydrating ingredient. A facial wash for sensitive skin that contains hyaluronic acid forms a layer of hydration on top of the skin that enhances its feeling of softness and smoothness.
Niacinamide:Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide plays an important role in helping calm the skin This multitasking ingredient is gentle and generally well-tolerated—even by sensitive skin.
- Baumann, L. (2009) Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice (pp.94-97). New York: McGraw-Hill Medical
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