Try hypoallergenic. Many cosmetics companies make hypoallergenic makeup, which contains fewer skin irritating preservatives and fragrances. But even hypoallergenic products aren’t completely safe. They’re just less likely to rile sensitive skin.
Use an oil based foundation. Oil based foundations are less likely to provoke sensitive skin than water based products because they contain fewer and different preservatives.
Oil rich foundations are fine for both dry and oily skin. And if you’re prone to breakouts, choose a water based over an oil free foundation. Your skin’s natural oils will make an oil free foundation darken on your skin after a few hours.
Put you makeup to the test. You can determine whether a new foundation or blusher will rile your skin before you use it. Dab a small amount of the product on your inner forearm twice a day for a week to see if your skin reacts.
However, this test is not foolproof. Some ingredients irritate the skin on your face, while others affect only the thin, delicate skin of your eyelids. Test only moisturizers and face cosmetics. Avoid testing eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner or hair products, which are more likely to irritate sensitive skin.
Keep with the products that are tried and true. Once you find makeup your skin can handle, stay with it. When the urge to experiment strikes, it’s safer to try a new hairstyle than a new foundation.
If you’ve tried all the suggestions you’ve read, and they failed to calm your skin or if you suspect a cosmetic or skin care product of causing your rashes or breakouts, maybe it’s time to consult a dermatologist.
It’s worth emphasizing that women with sensitive skin must be vigilant when considering cosmetic procedures. Although many cosmetic treatments are open to people with sensitive skin. A dermatologist can prescribe Retin-A, just in a lower concentration. Sensitive skinned people can also peel away fine lines and sun damage with a glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid facial peel.