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What ingredients should I look for if I have sensitive skin?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

If your skin is generally sensitive, you need to look for the following ingredients in your skin care product:

Cleanser:

  • Polysorbate 85 or 60

Moisturizer:

Emollients (to protect) such as:

  • Shea or cocoa butter
  • Lanolin
  • Petrolatum
  • Paraffin
  • Beeswax
  • Squalene
  • Coconut, jojoba, sesame, almond, and other plant oils
  • Cetyl alcohol
  • Olive oil (oleic acid)
  • Triethylhexanoin

Humectants such as:

  • Glycerin
  • Propylene glycol
  • Sorbitol
  • Sodium PCA
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Allantoin
  • Urea

Anti-inflammatory additives:

  • Tocopherol acetate
  • Chamomile and cucumber extracts
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