If you're interested in the process of looking after your skin, you've probably read a lot about skin types--and "sensitive" is often listed as a skin type. In truth, though, your base skin type applies whether your skin is sensitive or not--so read on to learn more about how to look after different skin types when experiencing sensitivity.
Sensitive Dry Skin
Dry skin is often sensitive, and dryness itself can cause sensitivity. If you find your face often feels tight, rough or flaky, particularly after it's been in contact with water, you probably have dry skin, and the right skincare regime can make a world of difference. Avoid harsh, astringent cleansers that strip your natural oils, and pick a light exfoliant that will smooth away rough patches without causing irritation. Heavier moisturisers are a good fit for this skin type, so make sure you're using a decent night cream at the end of every day, but steer clear of scented formulas that might aggravate other issues.
Sensitive Oily Skin
There's a myth that oily skin can't be sensitive, but that's not the case. In fact, as oily skin is often prone to breakouts at all stages of life, it can sometimes be more reactive than other skin types. That doesn't mean you shouldn't use moisturisers, though. Your skin still needs care, and the right creams can help to rebalance the oils overall. Look for light formulas that advertise themselves specifically for oily skin, particularly those listed as being "non-comedogenic". This helps your pores stay free and unclogged while still soothing any sensitivity issues. Your best friend, however, will be a good cleanser. Pick one specifically designed for oily skin, preferably a liquid type, and combine it with a thorough facial exfoliating wash.
Sensitive Combination Skin
Combination skin--meaning your face tends to be oilier around the forehead and nose but drier around the cheeks and chin--is in many ways the easiest skin type to look after, but allergies and other skin conditions can still cause issues. It's also the least likely skin type to suddenly develop the flakiness of dry skin or the breakouts of oily, so any rashes and blemishes you don't recognise are doubly worth checking out with a dermatologist. If you understand the cause, however, you're in luck: most products designed for sensitive skin will work well for you, so you can experiment without causing further issues.
When looking to shop skincare for sensitive skin, keep these tips in mind.