Whether you experience occasional sensitivity to skincare products or have persistent redness and dryness, learn how to care for sensitive skin. At Kiehl’s, our chemists are committed to formulating skincare products for sensitive skin. In developing our formulas, we take care to select ingredients known to be efficacious yet gentle. Beyond developing skincare suitable for sensitive skin, we take our commitment one step further by testing our portfolio on panels of 50% sensitive skin. Discover more about the signs of skin sensitivity and how you can care for and strengthen sensitive skin.
What Causes Sensitive Skin?
While there is not a clear understanding of what causes someone to have sensitive skin, it can be aggravated by various internal and external factors. Learn more about some of these aggressors and how they could be affecting your skin.
Extremely cold temperatures, excessive heat and high winds can all cause skin to feel dry, irritated or uncomfortable. As seasons change, sensitive skin may be affected by changing conditions.
Even on mild or cloudy days, UVA and UVB rays can cause damage to skin’s barrier. For sensitive skin types that may already have a compromised skin barrier, this damage can cause skin’s barrier to be even more susceptible to external aggressors and more likely to experience discomfort.
Various pollutants can also cause visible signs of sensitivity or feelings of discomfort. Free radicals found in pollutants can cause oxidation which may lead to early signs of aging. Especially in cities and areas with high pollution, it is important to use anti-pollution and antioxidant skincare products daily to help protect and defend skin.
Stress can affect skin and may cause dryness, redness, or other signs of discomfort in certain areas. Taking time to unwind and relax may help your skin minimize distress and discomfort.
Sleep is an essential component in skin renewal and a lack of sleep can decrease the skin barrier’s opportunity to repair itself. Ensure to make time to rest and sleep so your skin can repair itself overnight.
Eating a healthy, nutritious diet helps skin feel and look its best. Choose meals rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help promote healthy-looking skin.
Extreme temperature changes, air conditioning and long flights can also aggravate skin. If you experience discomfort, you may find that you need to adjust your skincare routine when traveling, or whenever skin is feeling dry or uncomfortable.
Very hot water may cause skin to feel dry and sensitive. Additionally, hard water, with a higher mineral content, can be harsh for sensitive skin.