If you have very sensitive skin that reacts to things easily, Penzi says it’s important to do a patch test at home first before using anything new. “Take your new product and apply a small amount to the inside of your forearm for about two to three nights in a row,” she says. “If no reaction occurs, you should feel comfortable beginning to use the product on your face.”
You’ll also want to avoid rubbing, tugging, and pulling too hard on your skin when removing makeup, as this can also cause irritation. There are also a few ingredients that sensitive people might want to avoid. “Scent is definitely the first thing to avoid, as it’s the most common irritant and contact allergen,” Penzi says.
“Preservatives are another thing to watch out for. Some common chemicals in cosmetics include Methylchloroisothiazolinone/Methylisothiazolinone (aka Kathon CG) and parabens. Make sure your makeup remover does not contain retinol or retinoid products. , as it can definitely be irritating. Also keep an eye out for formaldehyde releasers in your makeup remover, as well as other potentially irritating ingredients like tea tree oil.”
Overall, Shirazi also recommends using only mild micellar water for sensitive individuals. “Micellar water is soap-free and contains tiny micelles (oil molecules) that dissolve and remove dirt, makeup and oil. It is lightweight and ideal for those with oily skin or who are prone to milia and clogged pores. It’s safe to use around the eyes and very gentle on sensitive skin.” Take a look below at some of their favorite formulas.