Thank you so much for joining our community and taking the skin type assessment. Your contributions will help others avoid adverse skin reactions. Below are recommendations for your personal skin type.*


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This skin type suffers from dry skin that reacts to most products resulting in acne-like bumps or stinging, burning, and itching. Your skin reacts to synthetic ingredients (e.g. fragrances, detergents, and preservatives) and natural ingredients (e.g. essential oils, coconut oil, and cocoa butter). The dryness and sensitivity of this skin type can often lead to eczema, acne, or rosacea or a combination of all these. This skin type needs to hydrate but has difficulty finding products that will not cause a reaction.

Your skin type typically suffers from skin allergies. You may not be able to wear earrings that are not real gold or platinum because of a nickel allergy. People with a family history of allergies or asthma may also be prone to developing eczema. An allergy test by a professional can help identify possible triggers as can a food and skin care product diary, but you can address symptoms by avoiding sensitizing ingredients and using helpful ones that reduce inflammation and help rebuild the skin barrier.

You are likely to develop wrinkles that are deeper and earlier than certain other skin types, depending on your lifestyle. You don’t tan well and should avoid sun exposure to prevent wrinkles. If you have no wrinkles even when you age, you probably took good care of yourself by avoiding the sun, not smoking, and having a diet rich in antioxidants. Dryness and itching make wrinkles look worse so hydration is key. Your skin may not be able to tolerate anti-aging creams or retinoids typically recommended to treat wrinkles.


The focus of your skin care should be to calm inflammation, rebuild the skin barrier, and hydrate the skin. At any point in time, you may have to deal with acne or redness and stinging and it may change from day-to-day due to changes in the environment. You should adjust your skin care depending on which condition you’re dealing with:

Skin Care IQ will help you find good products and ingredients for your skin.
  • Acne: see a dermatologist (avoid OTC products with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid that can dehydrate and irritate skin).

  • Inflammation: avoid irritants and apply products with anti-inflammatory ingredients

  • Dry: apply moisturizer immediately after baths or showers to hold in water, use moisturizers with ingredients that hold in water, apply heavy moisturizers and/or moisturize frequently in dry climates (e.g. in the winter)

  • Calm: prevent wrinkles by protecting the skin barrier by applying sunscreen and incorporating anti-oxidants into your skin care and diet.

Maintain and protect the skin barrier by:

Say no to bad things for your skin like smoking, sun exposure, and a poor diet.
  • Avoiding dryness which can cause itching and damage the skin barrier.
  • Avoiding chemicals like (foaming) detergents that can strip away fatty acids.
  • Avoiding water immersion for long periods (e.g. long, hot baths, ocean swims, chlorinated pools).
  • Avoiding sun exposure that can damage the skin barrier in several ways and can increase chances of developing non-melanoma skin cancer.

Ingredients to look for:

To prevent wrinkles:

  • Basil
  • Caffeine
  • Camilla sinensis (green tea, white tea)
  • Carrot extract
  • Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone)
  • Copper peptide
  • Curcumin (tetrahydracur-cumin or turmeric)
  • Ferulic acid
  • Feverfew
  • Genistein (soy)
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Grape seed extract
  • Idebenone
  • Lutein
  • Lycopene
  • Punica granatum (pomegranate)
  • Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
  • Rosemary
  • Silymarin
  • Yucca

To diminish wrinkles:

  • Copper peptide
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Anti-inflammatory:
  • Aloe vera
  • Chamomile
  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Cucumber
  • Dexpanthenol (provitamin B5)
  • Epilobium angustifolium (willow herb)
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Feverfew
  • Green tea
  • Licochalone
  • Perilla leaf extract
  • Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
  • Red algae
  • Thyme
  • Trifolium pretense (red clover)
  • Zinc

To hydrate:

  • Ajuga turkestanica
  • Aloe vera
  • Apricot kernel oil
  • Borage seed oil
  • Canola oil
  • Ceramide
  • Cholesterol
  • Cocoa butter (not if you have acne)
  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Dexpanthenol (pro-vitamin B5)
  • Dimethicone
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Glycerin
  • Jojoba oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Shea butter

Ingredients to avoid:

Can promote acne:

  • Butyl stearate
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Decyl oleate
  • Isocetyl stearate
  • Isopropyl isostearate
  • Isopropyl myristate
  • Isopropyl neopentanoate
  • Isostearyl palmitate
  • Lanolin
  • Myristyl myristate
  • Myristyl propionate
  • Octyl palmitate
  • Octyl stearate
  • Peppermint oil
  • Propylene glycol-2 (PPG-2)

Can be too harsh for sensitive skin:

  • Alpha hydroxy acids (lactic acid, glycolic acid)
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Avobenzone (Parsol, found in sunscreen)
  • Benzophenone (found in sunscreen)
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Gluconolactone
  • Methoxycinnamate (found in sunscreen)
  • Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA, found in sunscreen)
  • Phytic acid
  • Polyhydroxy acids
  • Retinaldehyde
  • Retinol
  • Retinyl palmitate
  • Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid)
  • Vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) May be related to allergies or irritation:
  • Bismuth oxychloride (found in eye shadow)
  • Castor oil and eosin (both found in long-lasting lip-sticks)
  • Chromium hydroxide and chromium oxide compounds (found in makeup)
  • Cobalt
  • Lead
  • Nickel
  • Propyl gallate
  • Ricinoleic acid

This list was adapted from Baumann, Leslie. The Skin Type Solution: Are You Certain That You Are Using the Optimal Skin Care Products? 2010. Random House Publishing Group.

*The recommendations provided here are meant only as guidelines and are not exhaustive of the types of ingredients to use or avoid. These guidelines are not meant to replace any advice from a physician. If you have persistent skin concerns, we recommend seeking a doctor’s advice.

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