Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends avoiding certain treatments if you have sensitive skin

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends avoiding certain treatments if you have sensitive skin

Dr. Joel Schlessinger was recently featured as an expert in the article “Watch Out! Beauty Treatments That Irritate Sensitive Skin” on BeautyHigh.com. The feature explores which treatments you should avoid if you have sensitive skin. Because sensitive skin types are highly reactive and susceptible to damage, it is important to be extra cautious when treating the complexion.

Before undergoing a treatment, consider the risks, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Sensitive skin types do not need to steer clear of all cosmetic procedures but should be careful when choosing a treatment. Gentle facials and peels are still beneficial if they are used sparingly and performed by a professional. Do not undergo deep TCA peels or other aggressive treatments if you have sensitive skin. Dr. Joel Schlessinger also recommends being wary of mud baths.

“The warm mud can cause skin irritation,” he says. “If it becomes too hot, the mud can deplete your skin of essential moisture and even cause burns.”

If you do undergo a mud bath treatment, drink lots of water before and after and have the spa professional patch test the mud on your arm before you jump in the tub.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests avoiding certain ingredients that cause irritation.

The skin care products that are most likely to cause irritation are cleansers and anti-aging treatments. Your face wash most likely contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which dries out and irritates sensitive complexions. Anti-aging products that contain ingredients such as retinol may cause itching, peeling and dryness. You can still incorporate these items into your routine, just use them sparingly and be sure to add a soothing, moisturizing product to your regimen.

When it comes to sensitive skin, less is more. The fewer ingredients in your product, the less likely it is to contain irritating fragrances and dyes. If you have questions about ingredients in your products, ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger below in the comment section.

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About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on February 5, 2014, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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