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Answered Tuesday 18 October 2011 |
i have really really sensitve skin but i tend to get a dry forehead and when i use moisturiser it causes me to break out. i have tried all the ones that are for sensitve skin and that are non-oily i have even tired QV cream but i still break out do you have any suggestions?
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It sounds like there are a few things going on here. Because you are sensitive it is difficult to find something gentle and irritant free, yet effective in keeping your skin clean, which is possibly part of the reason you are experiencing breakouts. It is very common for people with sensitive skin to react to irritating ingredients within skincare products. These may be things like lanolin, s.d alcohol, artificial colours and fragrance or even harsh foaming agents. It is important for you to become an ingredient list investigator and take care to avoid using products containing these ingredients. You will need to find a product range (and this may be through trial and error) which does not contain any of these ingredients to irritate your skin. Dermalogica would be a perfect fit for your skin as their products do not contain irritating or breakout causing ingredients. You may be particularly interested in Dermalogica's new Ultracalming range of products, as these contain phenomenal state of the art ingredient technology to target and control both neurogenic and immunogenic inflammation. It contains the following ingredients: Red Hogweed (Boerhavia Diffusa) Root extract: The soothing properties restore skin to a normal sensitivity level providing immediate and long lasting effects. Oat Avenanthramides, which are the active fractions of Oat that have been widely studied and proven to have natural anti-irritant and anti-redness properties; inhibit histamine release. Ginger and Bisabolol (derived from Chamomile): these act synergistically to reduce inflammation-induced itch, redness and irritation.
Sometimes if you still find you are breaking out or getting dryness specifically on your forehead region it can be helpful to use a Chinese Diagnosis approach. It is said that the forehead region relates to our internal digestive and bladder system. Considerations here are to ensure you drink plenty of water and be mindful to avoid any foods that upset your digestive system.
Last but not least, visiting a professional skin treatment centre to have your skin analysed will be a great way to work out exactly what is happening with your concerns.
I hope this has helped to provide you with some helpful insight to alleviate your skin care challenges once and for all!
All the very best, Emma.