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3 Sensitive Skin Myths—Busted!

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Whether you have acne, rosacea, or allergy-prone skin, you may think there’s not much you can use on your touchy complexion. But the truth is, you could be seriously limiting your skin care by swearing off certain products. Here’s the truth behind some of the most common sensitive skin myths:

Myth: Retinoids are off-limits.
Truth: Anyone can use a retinol. Just lessen its harsh effects by layering it over a moisturizer that has anti-inflammatory ingredients like niacinamide, so less absorbs into your skin.

Myth: Hypoallergenic means nonirritating.
Truth: It doesn’t necessarily mean gentle or free of allergens. There are no set standards for this term. You need to know what you’re allergic to and look for it on the label.

Myth: Sensitive types can’t exfoliate.
Truth: Yes, rosacea and allergic types should skip it—those dead skin cells act as a protective barrier to block irritants. But acne-prone skin needs exfoliation to keep pores clear.

To find out how to perfect your skin-care routine if you have oily or dry skin, watch the video below. And for more beauty tips, pick up the January/February issue of Women’s Health, on newsstands now.
 

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