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What type of facial moisturizer should I use for sensitive skin?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

It's wise to patch test any new product first, and you must really baby your skin. You should choose products almost mild enough to use on a baby's skin. "Fragrance-free" and "hypoallergenic" are two buzzwords to look for on a product's label. It will probably contain fewer irritants, chemicals, and preservatives that can potentially affect your skin in a negative way. The fewer ingredients in any facial product, the gentler and safer it will be for sensitive skin (or for any complexion, for that matter). Avoid extremes; stay away from very heavy emollient creams as well as drying gel formulas, which may contain alcohol. Try a water-based lotion or cream instead. One thing you definitely do want added to your moisturizer is an anti-inflammatory ingredient such as soy, aloe vera, cucumber, calendula, oatmeal, or allantoin. These ingredients may soothe irritated or red skin. Make sure your daily sunscreen, cleanser, and moisturizer do not contain perfumes or acids and have as few chemicals as possible. Use a daily moisturizer with the sunblock titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which are less irritating than chemical suncreen ingredients.

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