Sensitive Skin Type

Sensitive Skin Prone To Inflammation

Sensitive skin will react if the wrong skincare products are used. This occurs because sensitive skin is skin that easily develops inflammation.  If you have sensitive skin, you know how upsetting it is to have a skin reaction to a new product.  It is very important that you use the best sensitive skin products with anti-inflammatory ingredients  in a skin care routine for sensitive skin because your skin is at high risk to become irritated and inflamed. .

Take the quiz and follow our sensitive skincare routine advice that you will receive after completing the quiz.  You will be able to go step by step through your skin care routine and choose the best products from multiple brands that are right for your Baumann Skin Type.

Sensitive Skin = Reactive Skin = Skin That Easily Develops Inflammation

There are many causes of skin inflammation, but the result is always the same- dilated blood vessels that make skin pink/red and activation of one or more different types of inflammatory pathways.

Inflamed skin is unhealthy skin because skin inflammation leads to inflammation in the body.  We know this because the markers for inflammation (called cytokines) can be found in the blood when the skin is inflamed. Inflammatory cytokines in the blood can contribute to the development of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Your body will be healthier overall if you can eliminate as many causes of skin inflammation as possible.  Using the correct sensitive skin products for your Baumann Skin Type® will help reduce inflammation- not only in your skin- but in your body as well.

What Type of Sensitive Skin Do I Have?

Before we can tell you the best skincare for sensitive skin, our doctors first have to know what type of sensitive skin you have.  The Baumann Skin Type Quiz is like a sensitive skin quiz in that it identifies not only what type of sensitive skin you have, but also uncovers other barriers to skin health that you may have. Take the skin type quiz here.

The goal of any sensitive skincare products or skincare routine for sensitive skin is to reduce inflammation and change skin from a Sensitive Baumann Skin Type® to a Resistant Baumann Skin Type®. 

The only way to calm sensitive skin is to use sensitive skin products designed to treat the type of sensitive skin YOU have. (Not all products that say they are for sensitive skin are right for you.)

There are 4 main types of sensitive skin: 

It is possible to have more than one type of sensitive skin.  The best skincare products for your sensitive skin depends upon which type of sensitive skin you have. Using the best skin care routine for your subtype of sensitive skin is important to prevent reactions to skincare products.  

What Are the Best Skincare Products for Sensitive Skin?

 There are so many different types of sensitive skin that it is impossible to give general advice on the best skincare for sensitive skin.  We have over 40,000 skin care routines in our system! Your best bet is to take the quiz and we will know exactly which Baumann Skin Type you are and which type or types of sensitive skin you have.  For us to give you the best skin care routine advice for sensitive skin, we need some input from you before we can design a customized skincare routine to calm and soothe your skin.

There are frequently asked questions about sensitive skin care products:

What is the Best Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin?

It depends upon which type of sensitive skin.  However, these soothing moisturizers work for most dry, sensitive skin types:

What is the Best Retinol for Sensitive Skin?

The best retinol for sensitive skin depends mostly on which type of sensitive skin you have and if your skin is oily or dry.

Oily sensitive skin types will have a much easier time beginning a retinol than dry sensitive skin types. The only sensitive skin type that should start right away on retinol is an oily acne-sensitive skin type. 

Dry types need the correct cleansers and moisturizers to repair the skin barrier to be able to tolerate a retinoid. 

The rosacea-sensitive skin types, especially the dry ones, may not be able to handle a retinoid and need an antiaging retinoid alternative. 

s customized for your skin type to know what retinol to use for your sensitive skin.  In general, start on the lowest strength retinol every 3rd night and slowly increase to every night.  Once you are tolerating the low-strength retinoid every night for 2-4 weeks, you can switch to a mid-strength retinoid.  How quickly you can increase the retinol strength depends upon your skin type and if you are using the best skin care products for your sensitive skin type.

The best low strength retinols are here.  Make sure you use them with a skin care routine customized for your Baumann Skin Type to avoid retinol side effects.

What is the Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin?

Again, which sunscreen is best for sensitive skin depends upon your Baumann Skin Type. 

Acne-prone skin should only use non-comedogenic sunscreens.  Some sunscreen ingredients that cause acne are isopropyl myristate, silicones, coconut oil, avobenzone, oxybenzone and methoxycinnamate.

Rosacea-prone sensitive skin should avoid chemical sunscreens that can cause irritation and inflammation.  Avobenzone is an example of a chemical sunscreen that stings sensitive skin. (It can also sting your eyes).

Mineral (also called physical) sunscreens are best for rosacea-prone and stinging skin. 

Click here to learn how to remove your sunscreen when you have sensitive skin.

Baumann Skin Types with Sensitive Skin

There are 8 Sensitive Baumann Skin Types - Which one are you? The sensitive skin products that are best for you depend upon which Baumann Sensitive Skin Type that you have.  We can divide sensitive skin into two main categories:

Oily Sensitive Skin

Oily Sensitive Skin

The oily sensitive skin types OSPT and OSNT usually suffer from acne, but less commonly have rosacea, stinging and skin allergies.  OSPW and OSNW usually suffer from rosacea but may have some acne, stinging and allergies.  All oily sensitive skin types will do well with anti-inflammatory ingredients.  Some of our favorite soothing skincare ingredients for oily sensitive skin are salicylic acid, argan oil, green tea, Centella Asiatica Extract, chamomile, aloe, allantoin and panthenol.

Dry Sensitive Skin

Dry Sensitive Skin

Dry sensitive skin is trickier to treat than oily sensitive skin. This is because dry skin is much more susceptible to inflammation due to the disrupted skin barrier.  The goal of a skincare routine for dry sensitive skin is to hydrate the skin and repair the skin barrier with soothing fatty acids while calming the skin with soothing skincare ingredients.

There are 4 dry sensitive skin types in the Baumann Skin Typing System.  Notice that they are all designated by a pink or red color to illustrate the fact that the wrong skincare products will cause the skin to react and turn red.  Dry sensitive skin types are at a high risk of reacting to a new skincare product and may wake up with pimples, an itchy rash or a red face after trying a new product.  Oily sensitive skin types can react to skincare products also- but the oil on the skin tends to give the skin some protection against allergic reactions and rashes. 



Understanding sensitive skin and getting good results from a customized skincare routine for sensitive skin depends upon your commitment to help us better understand your skin.

Join us for our YouTube series Skin Type Talks where we discuss sensitive skin in Episode 1.

Updated: 06/17/2022

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