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 is prone to eczema, dryness, acne, flaking, redness, itching, and rosacea. Not only can these skin conditions be uncomfortable but also visually unattractive. You may feel helpless in managing this skin type because your skin reacts to synthetic ingredients (e.g. fragrances, detergents, and preservatives), natural ingredients (e.g. essential oils, coconut oil, and cocoa butter), rough fabrics, and dry weather. Inflammation or skin injury can lead to dark spots or pigmentation.


The focus of your skin care should be to calm the inflammation, rebuild the skin barrier, and hydrate the skin.

At any point in time, you may have to deal with acne, redness and stinging, or dark spots. 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 humectancts (e.g. hyaluronan and glycerin) to draw in water and occlusives to hold the water in and prevent evaporation, apply heavy moisturizers and/or moisturize frequently in dry climates (e.g. in the winter)
  • Calm: protect the skin barrier by applying sunscreen and incorporating anti-oxidants

Maintain and protect the skin barrier by:

Say no to bad things for your skin like smoking, sun exposure, and a poor diet.
  • Avoid 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)
  • Avoid sun exposure that can damage the skin barrier inhibiting the skin’s ability to hold in water and can increase chances of developing non-melanoma skin cancer.

Ingredients to look for:

To prevent dark spots:

  • Cocos nucífera (coconut extract), unless you have acne
  • Niacinamide
  • Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
  • Soy, with estrogenic components taken out
  • To improve dark spots:
  • Arbutin
  • Bearberry extract
  • Cucumber extract
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)
  • Hydroquinone
  • Mulberry extract

To prevent/diminish inflammation:

  • Aloe vera
  • Chamomile
  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Cucumber
  • Dexpanthenol (provitamin B5)
  • Epilobium angustifolium (willow herb)
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Feverfew
  • Licochalone
  • Perilla leaf extract
  • Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
  • Red algae
  • Thyme
  • Trifolium pretense (red clover)

To help skin hold on to water:

  • Borage seed oil
  • Castor oil
  • Ceramide
  • Cholesterol
  • Cocoa butter (avoid if you have acne)
  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Dexpanthenol (provitamin B5)
  • Dimethicone
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Glycerin
  • Jojoba oil
  • Olive oil
  • Pumpkin seed oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Shea butter
  • Sunflower oil

Ingredients to avoid:

Can be too harsh for sensitive skin:

  • Dimethyl dodecyl amido
  • Lauryl sulphates
  • Sodium dodecyl betaine sulfate
  • Sodium laurel sulfate
  • Due to increasing acne or skin redness:
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Cocos nucífera (coconut oil)
  • Isopropyl isostearate
  • Isopropyl myristate
  • Peppermint oil

Preservatives that can be a trigger for sensitive skin:

  • Benzalkonium chloride
  • Bronopol
  • Chlorhexidine
  • Chloroacetamide
  • Chlorocresol
  • Chloroquinaldol
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Dibromodicyanobutane (phenoxyethanol)
  • Dichlorophen
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Formaldehyde
  • Glutaraldehyde
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Kathon CG
  • Parabens
  • Phenylmercuric acetate
  • Quaternium-15
  • Sorbic acid
  • Thimerosal
  • Triclosan

Can promote skin pigmentation and dark spots:

  • Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
  • Cananga odorata (ylang-ylang)
  • Dandelion
  • Geranium
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon oil
  • Neroli
  • Peppermint
  • Rose oil (Bulgarian)
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Tea tree oil

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.

Take the skin assessment again when you experience a change in your skin. If you experience a reaction to a product, please let us know by emailing us at [email protected]