When it comes to our skin and choosing a product to use on our faces – an area that can potentially be sensitive, easily irritated or prone to breakouts — it’s important to know what’s in it and how it’s made.
Clean beauty refers to products that leave out a laundry list of extras that could be potentially irritating or harmful to your skin or health.
Products that aren’t dubbed “clean” aren’t necessarily dirty or dangerous, but they may contain certain ingredients that may have some not-so-pretty side effects.
Perricone MD’s products are always formulated without parabens, fish, phthalates, talc, and mineral oil, thus giving skin the gentle-yet-effective care it needs. Sensitive skin is often exacerbated by seasonal changes, so it’s especially important to go even cleaner with your skincare formulations by eliminating allergens and irritants if you have a delicate complexion.
Let’s talk about sensitive skin
Sensitive skin can be a tricky term to define, but it can affect anyone for just about any reason. Characterized by dryness, redness, itching, stinging and burning, sensitive skin is tough to ignore. There’s no test for it and sometimes it’s an invisible condition (it burns or stings but looks normal on the outside), so dermatologists have to take your word for it. A study in the International Journal of Dermatology reported that 44.6% of almost 1,000 participants claim to have sensitive or very sensitive skin. The study also found that sensitive types tend to have a few things in common: dry or combo skin, a fair complexion, an underlying skin issue (such as rosacea) or extreme reactivity to cosmetic and environmental factors.
Sensitive skin is also tricky because it’s not the same for everyone. While you may get red and tingly, another person may experience dry, tight skin. And you might react to different things. Certain skincare products can set you off, as well as heat or extreme cold. For others, wind or stress might make your sensitive skin flare up.
Sensitive skin vs. allergic skin
Sensitive skin is often confused with or lumped together with allergic skin. While both may get red and irritated, the underlying cause is quite different. An allergic reaction involves an allergen that triggers a histamine response, a natural chemical in your body. Histamines can cause itchy rashes, hives, watery eyes or a runny nose (the same reason you might get seasonal sniffles). After you calm the reaction, the fix is to figure out what you’re allergic to (often with allergy testing) and avoid it.
With regular sensitive skin, there’s no histamine response. Most likely, there’s been some disruption within your skin’s barrier, the outermost layer. Microscopic tears in this layer allow skin’s essential moisture to escape, causing your complexion to feel dry. Irritants can then penetrate the skin barrier, which causes burning, redness and tingling. There can be a genetic component to sensitivity: fair complexions are more prone to sensitivity and a faulty barrier can also be passed down. You can also develop sensitive skin over time. Using harsh products can strip the skin and cause it to become more easily irritated. Even eating a diet full of junky, pro-inflammatory foods can dial-up inflammation inside your body, and that can play out on the skin’s surface. Your skin also changes with age and hormonal fluctuations (such as menopause), making it drier, tighter and more reactive to irritants.
Sensitive skin can also be a symptom of an underlying skin condition such as rosacea (which causes flushing and broken capillaries), eczema (marked by dry, inflamed skin) and psoriasis (a condition that causes a buildup of skin cells that form red, scaly patches).
There are specific ointments, creams and oral medications to treat these conditions but products formulated for sensitive skin would help minimize any irritation when you’re in a flare.
Despite how common sensitive skin is, a recent Mintel report showed that only 10 percent of products on the market are made for reactive, red skin. Seeking out gentle-yet-effective products that won’t irritate the skin and also calm and soothe is key for long-term relief.
Going clean to care for sensitive skin
When it comes to caring for sensitive skin, it’s all about knowing your skin’s specific eccentricities and needs. Sometimes that means a little trial and error. But let’s face it, that’s a costly approach. The safest bet is to shop for products that are free of potential irritants and allergens. That’s where the idea of clean beauty comes in. These products take the guesswork out of shopping for sensitive skin. They’re already formulated without the most common irritants. As a general rule of thumb, people with sensitive skin should stick to products that:
- Do not have a fragrance
- Do not contain SLS
- Have not irritated their skin in the past
- Free of the 26 known allergens
- Include ingredients that can visibly calm and soothe, while fortifying skin’s barrier
A Clean Regimen for Sensitive Skin
Perricone MD’s Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy collection is specially designed to give your sensitive skin the attention it needs with less risk of irritation. It’s free of the 26 known allergens, as well as fragrance, gluten, sulfates, parabens, silicones, formaldehyde, butylene- & propylene-glycol, PEG, phthalates, BHA & BHT—all the biggest offenders for sensitive skin. The collection is also non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested. While it’s important to call out what’s not in this product, it’s also important to mention what is in it, too: uber-calming cannabidiol, or what’s more commonly called CBD, derived from the cannabis sativa plant known as hemp. The collection contains various other skin-soothing ingredients such as licorice root and bisabolol (derived from calming chamomile), as well as hydrating ingredients that help support a healthy barrier, so skin is less likely to experience irritation.
The four-piece regimen (all free of those ingredients mentioned above) includes:
- Gentle Cleanser: Mild enough to be used twice a day, this cleanser provides the therapeutic benefits of CBD, while maintaining skin’s essential moisture levels with glycerin and cannabis sativa oil. After 28 days of use, 92% agreed that the skin was clean but not uncomfortably tight, a common complaint with cleansers and sensitive skin.
- Rebalancing Elixir: This is an essence, not an astringent or toner that leaves skin dry and tingly. It hydrates, nourishes and works to balance skin. It not only soothes on contact but may also help cut down on visible irritation over time. 91% felt their normally stressed-out skin was calmed after use.
- Nourishing & Calming Moisturizer: With calming CBD, licorice root extract and mega-moisturizing buriti oil, 90% felt their cranky skin had lasting relief.
- Soothing & Hydrating Eye Cream: This eye cream helps to brighten, hydrate and visibly smooth delicate eye skin without stinging. Instead of heavy silicones, this eye cream is formulated with a marigold extract which deeply hydrates and easily absorbs into the skin’s surface.
That’s four clean beauty products, all formulated to visibly calm and soothe your sensitive skin. Shop our Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy collection now to help make dryness, irritation and redness a thing of the past.