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SENSITIVE SKINCARE: What is sensitive skin?

This post is part of a series of blog posts on sensitive skincare.


What is sensitive skin?


Sensitive skin is not a medical diagnoses, but rather a "lay term". Essentially, people with sensitive skin may experience itching, burning, stinging or may develop hives, rashes and bumps after being exposed to products containing substances they may be sensitive to.


Some people are sensitive without having any underlying conditions, they may just have skin that doesn't react well to things like perfumes, sulphates or preservatives.


Other people have sensitive skin because they have an underlying condition that causes their skin to be sensitive to certain triggers, or they may have conditions where symptoms are worsened when exposed to certain substances.


Some "sensitive skin" conditions include:


  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Rosacea

  • Dermatitis

  • Scleroderma

  • Allergies


People with one or more of the above conditions know how important it is to avoid certain substances; using product containing these substances will cause irritation, redness, soreness, itching and a worsening of the symptoms. It is crucial to know what to avoid, and, where these substances may be found.


Common "triggering" substances



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Artificial perfumes are one of the most common causes of irritation


The most common causes of contact dermatitis include:

  • Nickel

  • Perfume

  • Latex

  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone

  • Parabens

  • Sulphates

  • Formaldehyde


Other common irritants include, synthetic colourants & mica, alcohol, quaternium compounds, petroleum & paraffin.


Avoiding the above substances can help minimise irritation and the development of contact dermatitis.


Always read the label of your skincare products to ensure that you aren't applying any potentially irritating substances to your skin. Always use skincare that is specifically for sensitive skin.


Here at Arcade Skincare we are passionate about providing skincare products that are good for your skin, good for the environment and are dedicated to being open & honest about what goes into our products. We "minimally formulate" our products; this means we only include ingredients that have a benefit for your skin or hair. We avoid all of the most common sensitising ingredients and go to great lengths to ensure that our products are suitable for even the most sensitive skin.



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