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Debunking 5 Common Myths About Sensitive Skin That'll Surprise You

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Having sensitive skin isn’t easy; it's a skin condition that’s easily irritated, inflamed, or reactive to certain products, including environmental factors. But should that stop you from doing your basic skincare routine or applying makeup? You’d probably agree to that, but is that the only solution? No!

Here’s why. The thing about sensitive skin, is that there are tonnes of misconceptions that surround them. And it is because of these misconceptions that we avoid using certain products or doing our skincare a certain way. Continue reading as we debunk some of the common myths surrounding sensitive skin.

Myth No. 1: You Can Use Hypoallergenic Products Without Any Hesitation

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When it comes to picking products for sensitive skincare, you may find yourself gravitating more towards products with labels that read ‘hypoallergenic’ or ‘natural’. But that’s the myth - these labels don’t offer a guarantee on how your skin will react to them. Instead, this is what you could do: carefully go through the ingredient list to check for potential irritants. Additionally, you could also consider doing a patch test by applying a small amount of the product to an area of your body that’s most sensitive, such as your forearm, and keeping looking out for any reaction. If you see nothing, you’re good to go but if your skin begins to itch or you see any redness, you know what needs to be done!

Myth No. 2: People with Sensitive Skin Cannot Wear Makeup Everyday

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While it’s a fact that both skincare and makeup products that aren’t suitable for sensitive skin can trigger a reaction, there’s no proven fact that using them on a regular basis is bad for your skin type. Low quality makeup and ingredients are unfit for sensitive skin and can irritate the same from their very first application. However, the good news is that studies have shown no links between between frequent use of makeup and sensitive skin. So simply put, you can feel free to doll up—put on some blush, bronzer, or highlighter to your heart’s desire—just be sure to check the label or ingredient list first.

Pro-Tip: Prep your skin well before applying makeup.

Note: Some of the ingredients you need to watch out for include alcohol, fragrances, and propylene glycol.

Myth No. 3: You Should Wash Your Face with Water Alone

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It’s obvious why this would seem like the right thing to do, but the truth is that:

  1. Water is not capable of cleansing away dead skin cells, dirt, and impurities.

  2. Many of the products on the market today are specifically formulated for sensitive skin types.

If you want your skin to feel refreshed and clean at the end of the day, there’s nothing better than a cleanser. But if you have sensitive skin, we recommend that you pick a gentle cleanser. Gentle cleansers not only deeply cleanse your skin also ensure to keep your skin barrier hydrated and protected without causing any irritation.

Note: Stick with products that are gentle, have a certified non-allergic fragrance, are SLS-free (Sodium Laureth Sulphate), dye-free, and have a simple ingredient list.

Myth No. 4: Sensitive Skin Is for Life

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Absolutely not! To be honest, this is one of the most common misconceptions out there, and it’s time we tell you the truth. One can experience sensitive skin at any given time; just because you haven’t had it yet doesn’t mean you won’t ever develop it. Factors such as age, environmental aggressors, climate, etc. can all contribute to sensitive skin. As we age, our bodies hormones and stress levels can also influence our skin’s sensitivity.

Also studies suggest that women above 18 years of age experience more symptoms of sensitivity in comparison to the elderly. Sensitive skin does not always last you a lifetime; it’s a phase that settles down all by itself if taken care of the right way.

Myth No. 5: Only Dry Skin Can Be Sensitive

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There is a misconception that only dry skin can be sensitive. This is not at all true! in fact all skin types can be sensitive. Sensitive skin is simply skin that reacts more easily to environmental factors, harsh ingredients and even stress. This can cause symptoms like redness, itching and irritation. And if you're experiencing any of the above symptoms, you have sensitive skin no matter what your skin type - normal, oily or combination.


Myths are deceiving, so let’s stop believing them and focus on the facts, especially when it comes to skincare. And you know what’s the best way to do that and keep yourself from believing false statements? Doing your own research. Every skin type is different; what works for others may not work for your skin type, so do your homework well and learn about different products and their ingredients. Make this like your skincare ritual and eventually you’ll learn what’s true and what’s not. Remember, happy skin begins with you.


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