Skincare for super sensitive skin

topic posted Thu, November 12, 2009 - 12:00 PM by  *T*
I need help! My skin is obscenely sensitive. I used cetaphil moisturizer one day, had it on my skin for maybe a minute before I washed it off and still have a burn on my face for 3 days.

Ive been using desert ... something face wash from Trader joes with a little mini loofah scrubby (that and dr. bronners are fine for my skin) and coconut oil to moisturize. They are great, BUT... I want my skin to look better. Im 28, so Im BEGINNING to get some little eye wrinkles, my cheeks are easily prone to redness and theres just some unevenness to my skin tone that I would like to deal with. What can I do? What should I try? I don't wear makeup daily and don't want to. Makeup doesnt seem to bother my skin though, only some face washes and pretty much all commercial moisurizers. Also, I feel like if I dont use the face scrubby to wash every day, my skin feels rough. I know that 'they' say to exfoliate only 2x's a week, that just doesnt seem like enough for me!

Any suggestions?
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    Re: Skincare for super sensitive skin

    Thu, November 12, 2009 - 2:43 PM
    I have very sensitive skin, too... most products make it angry/red/itchy. I use coconut oil to wash my face (see many previous Tribe threads about oil cleansers), and then Alba Botanica's Very Emollient lotion in unscented to moisturize. Some people I know are bothered by the Alba lotion, though. I exfoliate two or three times a week with salt and honey... Massaging the oil into my face and removing it keeps a lot of flaky skin at bay. I also use a baby sunscreen every day from my local natural food co-op because I find that it doesn't irritate my skin as much.
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      Thu, November 12, 2009 - 2:54 PM
      I was using honey for a bit and LOVED it. It seems though that regardless of how mmuch I THINK i have cleaned my sink afterwards, I have terrible amounts of ants later lol. So i had to give that up.

      I might go back to oil cleansing. I really liked that. I would just like to find something that will even out my skin tone more. I feel like I look like I need foundation. My skin didn't used to look uneven like that. :/
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        Thu, November 12, 2009 - 2:59 PM
        Hmmm, I use mine in the tub or shower so it must rinse away better?
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          Thu, November 12, 2009 - 5:55 PM
          Lol tried that too.

          Ant problems are common here. I think our house was built on an anthill or something.
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            Thu, November 12, 2009 - 8:33 PM
            then try the organic line called 'Eminance", made in Hungary. The very best line of things in the world. Its pricey, but lasts forever. I get a stonecrop moisturizer, that really dropped 10+ years off my face, but is filling up those fine eye lines. Its good stuff. They make about 40 products, for a wide range of skin conditions. I would NEVER, as a guy, spend 70$ on a moisturizer. But one jar will last me a year or more! And it is the only one that had noticeable effect on my outdoor skin. My mom swears by it.
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              Thu, November 12, 2009 - 9:50 PM
              super sensitive skin here too-----

              i've had good results with the oil cleansing method (to a tribe search to find discussions). use oils that have a lot of essential fatty acids such as sea buckthorne, medowfoam, coconut, pumpkin, hemp, or olive oil. these types of oils help heal the skin

              too much exfoliation will cause your skin to become more irritated. if you want to use a gentle soap on occasion try dilute dr. bronners unscented soap.

              for sunscreen make sure the main ingredient is microfine zinc oxide.
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                Thu, November 12, 2009 - 9:56 PM
                Try Dr.'s natural skin care. The cleansing milk is very gentle...
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                  Fri, November 13, 2009 - 11:28 AM
                  Ive heard of Dr Haushka, I'll look into that one. Flint, do you know where I can find Eminance? Ive never heard of it.

                  Ive tried quite a few oils with the oil cleansing. So far, it seems to be the best for me, but its still not 'enough', you know? Lol.
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                    Fri, November 13, 2009 - 2:33 PM
                    here is a link to the store i buy from. the woman in charge, is completly knowledgable, and can answer any question. Their cleansers, are out of this world. no harshness AT ALL. One exfoliant, is just based on fruit acids and soy, to loosen the dead skin, so one need not use a washglove or harsh exfoliants. My mother is extremly sensetive, and has to have hypo allergenic products. None of these products bother her skin, and she loves them like i do. like i said earlier- they are expensive, but one need ONLY get a bottle a year of most products, they are so concentrated, only a minute dab is needed. Use them out of the shower or bath, as they take the moisture and lock it in. If you put one of their products on dry, you should spray/mist the face with water, so it can draw the water to the cells, instead of out of the cells. i have never advocated a cosmetic line in my life, but this is the one. :)

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                      Fri, November 13, 2009 - 2:34 PM
                      "The Eminence Skin Care line of organic skin care products is not mass produced and does not contain any artificial coloring or fragrances. Eminence Organic Skin Care ingredients are hand picked and hand harvested to ensure premium quality. Every ounce of Eminence products is packed full of fresh fruit pulps, seeds, and the smell of wholesome organic herbs. Vitamins are captured in their all-natural fresh base in all Eminence Skin Care products, offering dramatic results as actual seeds, pulps and peels begin the regenerative and healing powers that only nature, and Eminence, can produce.

                      Experience Eminence Skin Care and what 100% natural active ingredients, organically grown in Hungary can do for your skin. Delivering the highest quality naturally occurring ingredients on earth, Eminence Skin Care provides regenerative and healing powers. Eminence Skin Care products deliver the highest quality naturally occurring ingredients on earth."
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        Mon, May 17, 2010 - 11:22 PM
        re ants: get one of those electric plug-in thingys at the hardware store - we used to have annual ant infestations, but not in 4 years or so since my roommate found those electronic repellents!
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    Mon, April 19, 2010 - 6:07 PM
    Have you tried using just organic skin care products? A lot of skin care products have some harmful chemicals... you need to use more organic stuff, such as Jojoba Oil.

    Here's a list of recommended organic skin care products.
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      Tue, April 20, 2010 - 8:38 PM
      I'm also "blessed" with sensative skin, very prone to both redness and breakouts. I have clear skin for the first time in my life, practically, at age 29. Through a combination of both commercial and homemade products. Here are the tips I've used that have made the biggest most tangible difference in my skin.

      1. Drink 100 ounces of water every day. I know that sounds off just as it's own, but a nutritionist recommended it for my breakouts, and I haven't had the kind of acne breakouts I used to have since I started. When I feel my skin start to break out, I make sure to catch up on my water before bed and they are gone by morning.

      2. NO SCRUBBING. Seriously. None. Ever. No exfoliating scrubs, no rough surfaces - no washcloths or applicators or sponge things on your face. At all. Don't even rub your face with a towel after showering. Dab your skin if you must, but try to just let it dry on its own.

      3. No touching your face. Reteach yourself not to rest your chin on your hands, or sleep with your hands against your face - the transfer of hand oils to your skin for prolonged times just makes the oil inbalance of your sensative skin worse.

      4. No alcohol in any product. So only oil based makeup removers (plain olive oil on a cotten pad will take even the most hardcore make up right off.) only.

      5. Clean your face with a soap designed for sensative skin - I've tried most organic brands or natural products - the one I like best is not the most organic, but it has been the most gentle and seems to keep the uneven redness patches on my cheeks and nose to a minimum. I use Origins "A Perfect World" white tea cleanser. But try soaps until you find one that leaves your face feeling clean, but not stripped. If you feel as soon as you rince that your face is "tight" you're using too strong a soap.

      6. Daily moisturizer night and morning - with sunscreen. You gotta gotta gotta sunscreen all the time. :) with this moisturizer, test it before you buy a large quantity. If you put it on the back of your hand and it doens't get soaked up right away - leaving no oily residue or anythning you have to "rub" in, your skin doesn't like it. Let your body tell you what it needs. Your skin knows more than you do about itself - so if it doens't absorb without rubbing - it means it's not quite what your body wants.

      7. No astringents or peels. Again, ever. It's just terrible for sensative skin. It's hard because when you do feel like it's not smooth - the gut reaction is to scrub or use a mask - but there are very few products out there that are sensative enough for very sensative skin. Try plain yogurt, but be very careful.

      8. Never underestimate water. Back to that again, lol. If your skin feels irratated or extra sensative. . . spritz it with just plain water.

      anyway, those are the top suggestions I've used to try to get my skin under control. Good luck!!!

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        Tue, April 27, 2010 - 5:38 AM
        I have sensitive skin and psorriasis (SP) on my face.. I use Aveda's Green care line (used to be sensitive) and it helps.
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          Wed, April 28, 2010 - 9:14 PM
          This may seem counter to the not touching, or scrubbing your face, but I swear that my good friend has the best skin. She NEVER uses soap on her face, not even oil. She just scrapes her face in the shower after she's been in for awhile. She uses a half pair of scissors. She's really fair skinned, with red hair (the most sensitive of skin types.) Her skin is radiant.
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    Sun, April 3, 2011 - 7:09 AM
    If you skin is that sensitive, then you really need to look at the ingredients of the products that you are putting on your face. Maybe your skin is reacting to the synthetic chemicals in the products that you use. The best skin care are those that only contain 100% natural and certified organic ingredients. I especially recommend certified organic skincare products because the product ingredients were organically farmed meaning that no artificial chemicals were used during the process. For your skin type, have a look at this australian-made certified organic skincare range
    Hope it helps :)
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    Thu, May 19, 2011 - 6:56 PM
    Have you tried organic skin care products? I too had sensitive skin and decided to try products without chemicals and parabens. My skin looks radiant and the products smell terrific! my favorite products are made by Nourish. One of the very few brands that are USDA certified organic. The products contain organic lavender and organic sweet orange, cucumber, etc which are excellent to even out your skin tone and heal your skin. The brand is called Nourish. My favorite place to buy these products is They also have some awesome facial scrubs and a gentle skin peels which I absolutely love! I do the peel once a week and my skin looks fabulous the rest of the week. Good luck to you:-)
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    Sat, June 18, 2011 - 8:58 AM
    Hi T ---

    You mentioned that you don't usually wear makeup. I'm thinking that there are some makeup foundations on the market now that actually protect your skin, such as the many brands of vegan mineral foundations that are available now. Most of them are quite gentle, and protect from the sun.

    As others have said, the loofa is probably causing more harm than good. If you want to exfoliate, a gentler way to do it might be by simply using a toner - a liquid such as Burt's Bee's "Garden Tomato Toner."

    Hope this helps.


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