How to Best Care for Dry Sensitive Skin

Best Products and Treatments Dry Sensitive Skin, Stonington CT

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Dry Sensitive Skin

The Dry Sensitive Skin Type is characterized by being:

  • dry, flakey, itchy, inflamed, burning, dehydrated
  • redness, flushing, facial veins, possible rosacea
  • personal or family history of eczema or atopic dermatitis
  • skin worse in dry, cold, windy climates or changes in climate
  • more susceptible to skin allergies--hyper reactive to so many skincare products
  • cracked dry hands and other areas of the skin with colder weather or exposure to detergents/other irritants

Your skin type needs to focus on selecting skincare products that:

  • hydrating the skin (dehydration triggers inflammation)
  • rebuilding the cell walls and skin barrier
  • calming the inflammation
  • avoid exposure to detergents, soaps, harsh chemicals, cold/dry/windy climates, or anything that causes irritation to your skin
  • select moisturizers with: cholesterol, fatty acids, ceramides to rebuild your skin barrier

Recommended Products for Dry Sensitive Skin

Cleanser: gentle soap-free,fragrance-free, milky cleansers. DO NOT use Toners--too irritating. 

Moisturizer: Skin needs a lot of moisturizing (four times a day is not unreasonable). need to adjust your moisturizer with changing seasons and climates.  

Anti-aging treatment: as tolerated, advance slowly, stay away from any ingredients that inflames the skin (alpha hydroxy acids, too strong retinols...)

Anti-acne treatment:--avoid benzoyl peroxides and salicylic acids as may inflame the skin 

  • Black Mask from Revision
  • Gentle prescription anti-acne medications
  • Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Cooling Masque

Anti-pigmentation treatment: as tolerated

Eye cream:


Recommended Skin Treatments for Dry Sensitive Skin

Skin treatments for Dry Sensitive skin would focus on decreasing the oils, the acne, and the sometimes rough texture. The procedures need to be light, not too intense, so as not to irritate the skin. Pigmentation, redness, sun damage, acne scarring, blemishes, uneven texture, and wrinkles also need to be addressed.

Reduce brown spots, patches, scarring, and marks:

Reduce facial redness:

Smooth skin texture and uneven skin tone:

Anti-aging Injectables:

Information on this page summarizes and is excerpted from: "The Skin Type Solution" by Leslie Baumann, MD, 2010.

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