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Reader question: Tips for sensitive skin

Hi Ms. liz! I'm nineteen and I'm starting to be interested in makeup. The thing is, I'm afraid of getting breakouts if the makeup doesnt agree with my skin. Sometimes we use two or more beauty products the same time, so it's hard to know what's causing the breakouts. Would you happen to know what brands are good for people with skin like mine, or what ingredients i should avoid? You would be a great help. I love your blog by the way :) -HAA

Hello! If you ask me, 19 is a great age to get into beauty stuff. I was 19 myself when I started tinkering with skincare, foundation, and colors on my face. It's fun and fulfilling once you find products and techniques that work for you, but the downside with experimentation is that you will break out. Yes, even with highly recommended products. It's hard to predict what will improve or wreak havoc on your skin due to the uniqueness of our genetic makeup combined with environmental factors.

I don't believe in fear-mongering, so I won't name individual ingredients that the Internet says will cause you cancer or some I don't know, brain disease. Most cosmetics only have trace amounts of what are supposed to be (but not conclusively proven) harmful ingredients - parabens, for example. Mineral oil and petrolatum are also supposed to be harmful but unless you're using industrial-grade materials they are not. 

If you want more comprehensive information on ingredients though, you can check out the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and The Beauty Brains blog. :) These are useful and trusted websites for checking the safety level of ingredients or a particular product. You can also check my post about an interview with the CEO of a skincare company, she talks about what's "natural" and what to avoid in makeup/skincare.

Now, if you're getting breakouts and don't know where they're coming from, I highly recommend that you stop using everything for now. Go back to whatever you were using before that did NOT break you out. Let your skin rest for a week or two with your old routine, then slowly re-introduce your new products one at a time, per week. If you get pimples again then you can now pinpoint the culprit. 

I highly recommend VMV Hypoallergenics for sensitive skin. The folks behind this brand are dead serious about ingredients and their effect on skin. Each of their products actually has a number that will tell you how hypoallergenic it is! They also have their own rating system per ingredient. I also like that VMV is not so expensive, at least not as expensive as luxe foreign brands.

VMV also makes awesome makeup - check out their BBBB (BB cream but better) tinted moisturizer, powder foundation, lipstick, and mascaras.

You can also check out Clinique and Kiehl's - they have marvelous creations for sensitive girls! Clinique rigorously tests their products before releasing them out in the market (though you have to be careful to choose what's best for your skin issue, they have so many products!), while Kiehl's utilizes natural ingredients that are said to help transform skin. I have many holy grail favorites from both brands and I'm sure you'll find a few things that will suit you.

Human Heart Nature is also a great local and socially-conscious enterprise that makes skincare and makeup from safe ingredients. :) They have everything from your hair to your feet!

You can check out mineral makeup also. I'm not a big fan to be honest, but Ellana and Human Heart Nature makes great powder foundation that you should try.

So there you go. :) Hope this helps HAA!

Reader Comments (11)

Thanks for the tips Liz! I have sensitive skin too, and I've been trying mineral products for makeup. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. I find that you really just need to try it out, and if you find something that works for you, stick to it.

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Ellana's powders are really good for sensitive skin. Check out Venus and Mars also, not just for their mineral makeup but also their skin care. I love their sunblock and lip balm. Another brand I love is Palladio. They have natural ingredients and their stuff is affordable! Their herbal dual wet and dry foundation is my everyday foundation. :)

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMindy

You can get free samples from Ellana, para you can get your perfect skintone match. You just have to pay for the SF. They'll send you 2 shades of foundation, cOncealer, finishing powder and blush for you to try out.:)

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLian

A good and simple tip for people with sensitive skin is to avoid products which are heavily fragranced:) Fragrances are often sensitizing chemical cocktails that aren't really necessary in skincare. Clinique is of course one of the first brands which come to mind:) Just avoid needless proven irritants such as fragrant plant oils and drying amounts of alcohol(SD, ethyl, etc.) and you're good to go!:)) AND SUNSCREEN PALA! Always important. More power to thy blog Liz!:)))

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGino Erana

Totally agree with Clinique. No breakouts from any of their skin care products so far. Though I did with some of their foundations (thought that may have been caused by less-than-clean tools, rather than the products. Which is often the case for me). I'm trying out VMV too on your recommendation, specifically the spot corrector. It feels less "medicated" than Clinique but I think it works!

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteresquire

hi liz, id like to ask if u have any recommendations for a good mattifier lottion for d fce or mattifying toner. im really loving d proactiv sample size dat i got but its almost running out! help pls

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

when i was still in college n didnt have money for beauty products, id just apply calamansi on my face overnight. it driep up my zits and whitenwd them kaya lang ang hapdi

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

I use VMV and Human Heart Nature. They have really great products.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrownOso

I have sensitive skin too, and it's really difficult to experiment on make up. One wrong move and boom, your face becomes pimple infested. Just this month, we had our graduation photo taken, and on the day itself, just a few hours after they applied make up on me, I broke out, and until now, I'm still suffering from it.
I agree that if you found a mineral make up that works for you, stick to it. hehe

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPauline P.

I would say try to check if your skin is sensitive or sensitised. A lot of people think they have sensitive skin, but it's actually just sensitised. With sensitive skin, this is an actual condition that needs to be treated properly with the right products (no fragrances, etc.). If it's sensitised it's just the reaction of the skin after getting harassed over the years by harsh products. For example if you keep using harsh astringents, your skin will be prone to peeling and dryness. The best way to deal with sensitised skin is to stop whatever you're using and stick to water and products approved by dermatologists.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrysty

I swear by VMV Hypoallergenics. My dermatologist recommended me to stick to products that are fragrance-free and contains glycerin. I was glad I came to know of VMV through a friend and my sensitive skin agreed. Just after a month of use, people started noticing that my skin looks healthier and brighter.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

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