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What Skincare Products Should I Avoid For Sensitive Skin?


For individuals with sensitive skin, choosing the right skincare products from Obagi Dubai is essential to avoid irritation, inflammation, and allergic reactions. Certain ingredients and formulations can exacerbate sensitivity and cause discomfort or adverse effects.


Fragrances, whether synthetic or natural, are common irritants in skincare products and can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Avoid products containing added fragrances, including perfumes, essential oils, and fragrance extracts. Opt for fragrance-free or unscented products to minimize the risk of irritation and maintain skin comfort.

Harsh cleansers

Avoid harsh cleansers that strip the skin of its natural oils and disrupt its moisture barrier. Look for gentle, non-irritating cleansers with mild surfactants that effectively remove impurities without causing dryness or irritation. Avoid products containing sulfates, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), which can be too drying for sensitive skin.

Alcohol-based skincare products

Alcohol-based skincare products, such as toners, astringents, and certain serums, can be too drying and irritating for sensitive skin. Avoid products containing denatured alcohol, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, or SD alcohol, which can strip the skin of moisture and cause irritation. Instead, choose alcohol-free formulations that are gentle and hydrating.

Physical exfoliants

Avoid harsh physical exfoliants such as scrubs, brushes, or cleansing devices with abrasive textures that can irritate sensitive skin. These exfoliants can cause micro-tears in the skin’s surface, leading to inflammation and increased sensitivity. Instead, opt for chemical exfoliants containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), which gently dissolve dead skin cells without abrasive scrubbing.

High-potency active ingredients

Certain high-potency active ingredients, such as retinoids (including retinol and prescription-strength tretinoin), alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and vitamin C, can be too harsh for sensitive skin. These ingredients may cause irritation, redness, and peeling, especially when used in high concentrations or combined with other active ingredients. Start with low concentrations and patch test new products to assess tolerance before incorporating them into your skincare routine.

Synthetic colors and dyes

Synthetic colors and dyes added to skincare products can be irritating and allergenic for sensitive skin. Avoid products containing artificial colors or dyes, which serve no functional purpose and may cause unnecessary irritation. Choose products with natural or plant-based colors, or opt for color-free formulations to minimize the risk of skin reactions.