Have you got sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin is caused by nerve endings in the top layer of the skin becoming irritated. It is often the result of damage to the skin’s protective barrier – allowing irritants and allergens to penetrate the skin and cause inflammation. (1) While some people are genetically predisposed to sensitive skin, many others are sensitised by their environment and lifestyle.

Sensitive skin triggers

Caring for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin needs a daily routine of gentle cleansing and moisturising with ingredients designed to nourish and calm. AVEENO® Colloidal Oatmeal formulations help seal in moisture, soothe and calm sensitive skin, and restore the skin’s moisture barrier.

Here are a few tips:

Cleanse thoroughly, but gently.

  • Use lukewarm (not hot) water.
  • Use mild soap-free cleansers that won’t over-dry or irritate, compromising your skin’s moisture barrier.
  • Gently pat skin dry – don’t rub.
  • Avoid using scrubs and flannels.

Moisturise, calm and protect.

  • Apply moisturisers to damp skin (within minutes of taking a bath or shower).
  • If prescribed by your doctor, apply any special medications first and then liberally apply moisturiser. For some medications, you may be advised to wait 15-20 minutes before applying moisturiser, so be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
  • Use hats, clothing and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB suncream.

Lifestyle changes can also help protect your skin

Could it be more than sensitive skin?

There are medical conditions that can cause sensitive skin symptoms. Rosacea, eczema and allergic contact dermatitis are commonly mistaken for sensitive skin. A dermatologist is your best resource to find the cause of your problem and develop a treatment plan to get and keep your skin clear.