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How to Care for Sensitive Skin

Learn how to take care of sensitive skin from dermatologist Elissa Lunder in this Howcast skin care video.


"Beautiful Skin: Skin Care for Sensitive Skin

Hi, I'm Dr. Elissa Lunder. I've been practicing dermatology at Dermatology Partners in Wellesley, Massachusetts for the past 10 years. I believe that skin care doesn't have to be complicated. With a few simple steps you can have beautiful skin. You can visit Dermatology Partners on the web at So today we're gonna talk about skin care. People with sensitive skin have to treat their skin really gentle. You have to make sure you're picking a right gentle moisturizer. Sometimes you may want to use products that are meant for babies. Gentle cleansers such as Cetaphil or Dove for sensitive skin tend to work really well on people with sensitive skin. You want to test out any sort of products that you use on your arm first on your arm to see if it's something you can tolerate. So before you take a cream and put it all over your face and find out it gives you a rash you want to test it out on your arm first. You also want to see if there are foods that you are eating that are going to aggravate your skin and make it more sensitive. So you may want to avoid red wine and spicy food which can cause break outs in some people. And when you're picking out sun block people with sensitive skin tend to tolerate the physical blockers than the chemical blockers. So look for ingredients that are have titanium and zinc oxide rather than the chemical blockers. What's even better is if you have sensitive skin is to use sun protective clothing. A big hat and an SPF shirt will be much better tolerated by your skin than some of the chemicals that may irritate you.

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