The Complete Guide to Sensitive Skin Products 2019

If you live with sensitive skin, regular activities can be a challenge. Going for a swim, spending time outdoors, or trying out new makeup may cause adverse reactions. You might not be able to wear perfume, wash clothes with certain detergents, or eat some foods without consequences.

While you can benefit from consulting a dermatologist, you can also take steps to protect and heal your sensitive skin at home. First, let’s discuss some of the reasons why your skin might be out of balance.

What causes sensitive skin?

Healthy skin protects a body against harmful influences in the environment. It has a layer of protective fats and cells that retains moisture and keeps skin elastic. This shield is also a little acidic to ward off bacteria, too.

If that protective layer is too thin or compromised by damage, your skin might lose too much water. And it may allow in irritants like microbes, chemicals, or UV radiation. Then you’ll notice symptoms like redness, itching, blistering, and peeling.

Who’s at risk for sensitive skin?

Anyone can be affected by sensitive skin, but some groups are more likely to suffer from it. For example, babies have thinner skin, and so do older adults.

The hormonal changes of pregnancy, teen years, and peri-menopause also affect the skin. And too many late nights and a lot of stress can weaken your skin, as can smoking.

Finally, persons with allergies and certain genetic conditions may find that their skin is more sensitive to influences around them.

Environmental causes of skin irritation

Once the protective layer, or stratum corneum, is compromised, a person with sensitive skin may react to any number of irritants.

To illustrate, someone who has acne might experience redness, dryness, or more pimples if they use alcohol-based toner on their face. And the surfactants and dyes in cleansers that remove makeup and excess oil can create the same results.

An older person may develop wrinkles and sun spots in response to tanning. In fact, UV rays and pollution create free radicals that weaken the skin’s natural barrier.

Even cold weather adversely affects the skin. It slows down the production of healthy fats or lipids, and skin becomes overly dry.

Symptoms of sensitive skin

How do you know if you have sensitive skin? You might have these reactions, signs, or symptoms.


Red spots or blotches are a common complaint. Your skin might sting when it’s exposed to irritants, and it turns red. You might also see signs of rosacea, like visible blood vessels, small bumps, and thick skin on your nose or cheeks.

Rosacea is a skin condition that affects millions of people, and it’s not the same as the temporary redness that perfume might cause. If you have rosacea, you naturally tend to have very sensitive skin. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is another skin disorder that might manifest in red patches. And people with eczema may be especially sensitive to cosmetics or soap.

Very dry skin

If your skin feels itchy and tight, it’s dehydrated. It might even be peeling or flaking. Perhaps you have naturally dry skin, or maybe you’re experiencing a temporary problem. Either way, it’s unpleasant and uncomfortable.

Acne breakouts

Pimples appear for a number of reasons, whether it’s been a stressful week, you ate the wrong food, or you used a new moisturizer that clogged your pores. They are signs of sensitive skin on your face, although they may also appear on your body.

Contact dermatitis

The most common sign of contact dermatitis is a rash. For example, it’s like when you get poison ivy. It’s caused by something known to injure skin, like bleach or acid. Or it might be from a specific allergy you have, like to a fragrance or soap. You might have raised bumps, itchiness, tenderness, burning, or cracked and oozing skin.

The best treatments for sensitive skin

There are lots of people who have learned to manage their sensitive skin successfully. Part of their achievement comes from a few lifestyle changes. Here are a few tips to help you protect yourself and avoid irritation:

  • Skip hot and cold water in favor of warm temperatures when you shower
  • Wash your body and clothes with fragrance-free products
  • Apply moisturizer right after you bathe
  • Also, choose moisturizers and makeup that are free of perfumes
  • Exfoliate less frequently, or not at all, and don’t do chemical peels
  • Try organic or natural cleaners around the house
  • Modify your diet to include more water and less processed food
  • Test new makeup, sunscreen, etc. on a small spot of skin and wait a day to see how you react

When to visit a doctor about sensitive skin

If your skin sensitivities are causing you distress, it’s smart to talk to a medical professional about them. And if you are experiencing an anaphylactic reaction with difficulty in swallowing and breathing, get emergency help immediately.

Otherwise, there are many simple treatments for sensitive skin that you can try at home.

Home remedies

Oatmeal is a proven treatment for rashes and skin irritation. You may get the relief you see by making a paste of oatmeal and water and letting it sit on your skin for twenty minutes.

Next, apple cider vinegar is an effective toner that kills acne bacteria and restores the natural pH levels of the skin. Although it smells rather strong, it’s more gentle than many commercial toners. Witch hazel is another toner worth trying if you need to reduce oiliness.

If you wish to exfoliate dead, dry skin safely, try coconut oil with sugar. This mix makes a moisturizing scrub that you can gently rub in circles, then wipe off with a damp cloth.

If you have trouble finding a lotion that cures your dry skin, try pure castor oil. You might also enjoy coconut oil.

If you’re experiencing an itchy rash, you can try an over-the-counter antihistamine, an anti-itch gel, or a steroid cream like hydrocortisone.

Finally, some folks swear by aloe vera as a cure for itchiness, rashes, and sunburn. It lessens the sting and moisturizes.

Prevention of skin problems

The smart scientists of the American Academy of Dermatology recommend a few steps to prevent adverse skin reactions. First, avoid waterproof makeup as it may require a harsh cleanser to remove. Second, black mascara and liner are oddly less allergenic than other colors. Third, face power may cause fewer problems than a liquid foundation since it contains little or no preservatives. And fourth, toss out old makeup even if you haven’t used it all because it may be contaminated or spoiled.

Next, if you want to be very sure your new face cream isn’t going to cause a breakout, use this trick. Put a dab behind your ear at bedtime. How does your skin look in the morning? Feel free to repeat this step more than one day to be sure.

Then put a little bit on your face near an eye. Is your skin looking normal the next day? If so, you’re good to go.

And keep in mind that there are sites online that have product databases which reveal what might be damaging to your skin. Try the EWG (Environmental Working Group), the NIH (National Institutes of Health), and the NLM (National Library of Medicine).

Products that treat sensitive skin

Decades of research into skin sensitivity reveals several components have the power to restore the skin’s natural barrier. Before we dive into the best products for sensitive skin, let’s review a few of the ingredients you’ll want inside the bottle.


Glycerin is a humectant that absorbs water and helps your skin retain moisture.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 isn’t a human-made invention. It’s an antioxidant that’s already in your skin, working to neutralize free radicals and strengthen the barrier against irritants. But the amount of Coenzyme Q10 decreases with age, and that’s why many skin care products contain it.


Biotin is Vitamin B7. It makes your hair, nails, and skin stronger by speeding up lipid production.


Ceramides exist in your skin, but you can support them with Ceramide-3. This synthesized ingredient works to prevent dryness by slowing down moisture evaporation.

And now, let’s see what sensitive skin products you might enjoy.

Moisturizers and lotions

Choose a non-comedogenic moisturizer, and your skin will thank you. There are many brands without fragrances, parabens, and dyes.

Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash

As much as you may love the scent, put down that soap with perfume and opt for fragrance-free. At the very least, aim for natural products that avoid artificial preservatives, alcohols, and sulfates.

Shaving cream

If you break out after shaving, try a gel or cream formulated for sensitive skin. Or else ditch the chemicals altogether and shave with coconut oil.

Personal hygiene

Yes, there is even toilet paper and wipes made for sensitive skin. They both tend to be unbleached and free from alcohol and fragrances.


It’s a tough spot when you need to wear sunblock to protect your sensitive skin, but it causes acne or a rash. In that case, try a sunscreen based on minerals like zinc oxide instead of chemicals like Avobenzone.


Whether you have naturally sensitive skin, or if your skin has become sensitized, take heart in the fact that you have the power to make it better. You might have eczema or rosacea. Or you could be suffering from cold weather, dry air, or too much sun. No matter what the cause, there are solutions.

Take the time to understand what has caused your skin to be sensitive. Then educate yourself about the best products for sensitive skin. Finally, invest in your health and treat your skin well. You deserve it.


Skin Types


Dry and/or mature skin tends to be just that – dry and thin with small or invisible pores. Common skin complaints include dehydration, tight skin, fine lines and/or wrinkles and premature aging.


Combination skin types don’t struggle with overly oily or overly dry skin and typically consider themselves to have “normal” skin. When their skin is out of balance, they may experience sensitivity, breakouts, redness and/or inflammation.


Oily skin types usually have thicker skin, larger pores and are oily in the T-zone. Common skin imbalances include excessive oiliness, cystic acne and/or blackheads. If you can put a tissue anywhere on your face and absorb oil, this is your line!

NOTE: Our skin changes with the seasons, so those who are on the cusp of two skin types may need to adjust seasonally. For instance, if you are on the cusp of dry and combination skin, you may need the dry kit in the fall/winter and the combination kit in the warmer months. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you need help determining which kit is best for you.

For additional help determining your skin type, complete the Skin Type Profile below.

1. My facial skin tends to be: 

a) normal to dry, thin, dull

b) normal to sensitive

c) normal to oily, thick

2. The pores on my face appear: 

a) small

b) large on T-zone, small elsewhere

c) large and open

3. My skin undertone is: 

a) bluish

b) reddish

c) yellowish

4. My complexion has: 

a) fine lines

b) freckles, moles and/or broken capillaries

c) blackheads and/or excessive oiliness

5. My skin is generally healthy but prone to:

a) tightness and feeling dehydrated

b) pimples, burning or redness

c) deep acne, blackheads, especially around chin and/or jawline

6. My facial skin has:

a) tightness and no natural oil

b) no tightness and no excessive oil

c) excessive oil

7. My body type is:

a) on the thinner side and/or bony

b) average height and muscle tone

c) heavier and prone to weight gain

Now, how many As, Bs, and Cs did you answer? 

  • If you answered mostly a) your primary skin type is dry.
  • If you answered mostly b) your primary skin type is combination.
  • If you answered mostly c) your primary skin type is oily.

Return of the Beauty Ritual

In the chaos of life in this millennium, BLOOM believes in taking the time to connect the modern woman with her true femininity. We don’t offer a general cleanser or moisturizer – we offer a personalized beauty ritual to practice daily and enjoy with deep satisfaction.

 Step 1: GLOW and POLISH

Dampen your face with water. Put a dime-size amount of GLOW onto a cotton ball/pad and swipe your eyes and face clean of makeup. Put a scoop of POLISH into the palm of your hand and add a dime-size amount of GLOW and a few drops of water. For morning and evening use, make a paste and rub lightly onto your face for about 30 seconds. For a deep cleansing mask, leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse well and pat dry. {Extremely sensitive skin types should only POLISH once daily}


Spritz your face liberally with HYDRATE. Do not dry. Gently rub two drops* of NOURISH into your skin and allow to soak in. If you are feeling dry, apply NOURISH directly to your skin after using POLISH. *(Start with 1-2 drops and increase as needed.)


Apply a small amount of RESTORE to the area around the eyes and elsewhere on the face, as needed. The area between the eye brows and the “laugh lines” next to the mouth are especially nice.

Enjoy your beauty. Enjoy your BLOOM. 


At BLOOM, we have curated our formulas impeccably to bring you the finest ingredients from every corner of the globe. Our botanicals are 100% undiluted and ethically sourced from sustainable organic farms. BLOOM is defining global beauty and delivering it right to your front door. 

Organic citrus auratium (neroli)  – deeply penetrates the skin to rejuvenate and regenerate the cells; promotes new cell growth; helps prevent scarring and broken capillaries; promotes smoother skin; vibrates 2nd-4th chakra; joyful and uplifting properties benefit fatigue, grief, anxiety and depression. Country of origin: Tunisia. 

Organic pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) – invigorates complexion; improves elasticity; promotes proper blood flow to the skin; helps minimize scar tissue; strong antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Relaxant qualities help balance the nervous system, improving fatigue, anxiety and stress. Country of origin: Egypt

Organic boswellia carterii (frankincense) – effective in rejuvenating depleted skin; improves skin tone and condition; excellent for aging skin; warming to the skin; awakens higher consciousness; promotes spiritual healing. Country of origin: Ethiopia. 

Organic lavandula angustifolia (lavender) – antiseptic and anti-inflammatory; reduces scarring; promotes healing of the skin; calming properties. Country of origin: Bulgaria. 

Organic citrus limonum (lemon) peel – increases the luster of dull skin; high in Vitamin C that boosts collagen production; aids in purification; rejuvenates the skin; antiseptic properties treat blemishes and various skin disorders; powerful detoxifier. Country of origin: USA. 

Organic ormensis mixta (Roman chamomile) – antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties; soothing to skin rashes; reduces skin inflammation; speeds healing; has skin lightening properties; helps prevents bacterial infection; relieves anxiety and stress. Country of origin: England. 

Organic cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) – balances sebum (oil) production in all skin types; helps to tone the tissues; has antiseptic and anti-fungal  properties; tonifies the heart. Country of origin: Nepal. 

Organic argania spinosa (argan) oil – alive with skin-loving nutrients, argan oil helps to improve damaged skin and protect from signs of aging. Argan helps to correct the effects of dehydration and loss of elasticity. The high amount of powerful antioxidant vitamin E helps the skin combat free radicals that otherwise result in the destruction of skin cells. Nutrients for skin health include: • Vitamin E – a naturally derived, potent antioxidant that keeps skin hydrated and soft. • Essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory affects on skin, increase skin suppleness and elasticity and aid in the repair of photo-aged skin, fine lines and scarring. • Carotenes (precursors to vitamin A /retinol) protect skin from damage and aid in correction of damaged skin, have anti-aging properties and even the skin tone to add a healthy glow. • Squalene deeply penetrates skin and is absorbed readily without leaving a greasy residue, is non-irritating and effective in healing scar tissue. Country of origin: Morocco.

Organic sesamum indium (sesame) seed oil – penetrates extremely quickly to nourish, protect and feed the cells; tightens facial skin; helps increase circulation; naturally antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory; high in zinc, which boosts collagen production. Country of origin: USA. 

Organic punica granatum (pomegranate seed) oil – extremely high in punicic acid, which helps to reduce inflamed skin while regenerating new skin and improving tone and elasticity. It has been shown to be anti-microbial and effective at improving epidermal differentiation by promoting regeneration of the skin’s dermis and the epidermis to improve the appearance and structure of the skin. Country of origin: Israel. 

Organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil – an ideal skin emollient for imbalances because its fatty acid profile is nearly identical to that of human skin. Its ease of absorption means that its able to carry BLOOM’s botanical nutrients deeply into the tissues. Country of origin: Israel.

Organic rosa rubiginosa (rosehip seed) oil: high in vitamin A, which is known to increase elastin levels and promote collagen to delay the aging of the skin; known for its ability to regenerate cell renewal; high in essential fatty acids, vitamin e and both linoleic and linolenic acids – important nutrients for healthy skin. Rosehip seed benefits the following: anti-aging, skin rejuvenation, wrinkles, scar tissue repair, UV damage, radiation damage, hyper-pigmentation, dermatitis, eczema, psoraisis, and various skin conditions. Countries of origin: South Africa, Chile. 

Organic prunus armeniaca kernel (apricot kernel) oil – rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamins A and E, apricot kernel benefits dry, inflamed and sensitive skin; restorative properties help soften fine lines and bring a healthy glow to the skin. Country of of origin: Italy. 

Organic olea europaea (olive) oil – rich in antioxidants vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols; helps protect the skin from premature aging; restores skin smoothness; contains hydroxytyrosol, a rare compound that prevents free radical damage to the skin. Country of origin: Italy.

Organic rosa (rose) damascena hydrosol – highly nourishing; able to penetrate deeply into the tissues to energize cells and promote regeneration; aids in diminishing the redness caused by broken capillaries; helps reduce skin inflammations; unites the physical with the spiritual. Country of origin: Lebanon. 

Organic aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice – naturally rich in vitamins A, C, D, E, and B12, aloe vera has soothing and cooling properties that relieve redness, irritation and itchiness; nourishes the skin and tissues; provides a natural barrier that shields the cells from toxins; anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, aloe vera balances all skin types. Country of origin: Mexico and USA. 

Organic prunus amygdalus dulcis seed (almond) powder – rich in omega 3, vitamin E and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which easily absorb into the skin to improve complexion. Has anti-inflammatory and immunity boosting properties. Deeply nourishes and restores the proper balance of moisture to the skin. Country of origin: USA. 

Organic calendula officinalis (calendula) blossoms – stimulates collagen production; has skin lightening properties; reduces swelling; antibacterial and immuno-stimulant properties make it useful in healing the skin. Country of origin: Egypt.

Organic whole milk powder – the amino acid profile strengthens skin structure and enhances smoothness; contains natural lactic acid that helps to cleanse, exfoliate and soothe the skin, leaving it soft and supple. Country of origin: USA. 

Organic evaporated cane juice – high in naturally occurring glycolic acid, which conditions and moisturizes the skin; delicately sloughs off dead skin cells to increase luster and glow. Country of origin: USA.

Organic oryza saliva (rice) powder – a natural exfoliating agent that absorbs dirt and oils without altering the skin’s natural pH. Country of origin: USA. 

Organic myristica fragrant (nutmeg) powder – adds nourishment and luster to the skin; has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial properties; calming and soothing. Country of origin: India.

Organic ghee – high natural source of vitamins A, D and omega 3 fatty acids – all of which rejuvenate and nourish the skin; penetrates deep into the tissues to strengthen and protect the skin; helps slow down cellular aging; relieves fatigued eyes; extremely strengthening and softening on skin tissue. Country of origin: USA.