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 reacts to many triggers. It reacts to synthetic ingredients (e.g. fragrances, detergents, and preservatives) and natural ingredients (e.g. essential oils, coconut oil, and cocoa butter). This skin type often has eczema or dermatitis, acne, or rosacea. Having pigmented skin, you can develop freckles, brown spots, and sun spots. You are likely to develop wrinkles more than certain other types, depending on your lifestyle. Dryness and itching can make wrinkles look worse, but your sensitive skin may not be able to tolerate anti-aging creams or retinoids typically recommended for wrinkles.


The focus of your skin care should be to calm the inflammation, rebuild the skin barrier, and hydrate the skin. With dry, sensitive skin, the skin barrier can break down for various reasons, including changes in the environment such as dryness or cold. The barrier then won’t retain water and it is incapable of keeping irritants out. With your pigmented skin, the affected patches can turn dark and take a while to turn back to their normal color.

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.

  • Dark spots: prevent dark spots by moisturizing and not scratching; treat dark spots with lightening ingredients added to your skin care.

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

For calm but wrinkled skin, focus on wrinkle prevention by protecting the skin barrier. Apply sunscreen and incorporate antioxidants into your skin care and diet.

Maintain and protect the skin barrier by avoiding:

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

Ingredients that are good:

To lighten dark spots:

  • Arbutin
  • Cucumber extract
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)
  • Hydroquinone
  • Kojic acid
  • Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • Mulberry extract
  • Tyrostat

To prevent dark spots:

  • Cocos nucífera (coconut extract), unless you have acne
  • Cucumber
  • Niacinamide
  • Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
  • Saxifraga sarmentosa extract (strawberry begonia)

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 (provitamin B5)
  • Dimethicone
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Glycerin
  • Jojoba oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Shea butter

To prevent wrinkles:

  • Basil
  • Caffeine
  • Camilla sinensis (green tea, white tea)
  • Carrot extract
  • Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone)
  • Copper peptide
  • Curcumin (tetrahydracurcumin or turmeric)
  • Ferulic acid
  • Feverfew
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Grape seed extract
  • Idebenone
  • Lutein
  • Lycopene
  • Punica granatum (pomegranate)
  • Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
  • Rosemary
  • Silymarin
  • Yucca
  • To improve wrinkles:
  • Copper peptide
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), may be too irritating for you

To decrease skin inflammation:

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

Skin care products to avoid:

  • Cleansing products that foam
  • Scrubs
  • Toners

Ingredients to avoid:

Can promote acne:

  • Butyl stearate
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Cocos nucifera (coconut oil)
  • Decyl oleate
  • Isopropyl isostearate
  • Isopropyl myristate
  • Isopropyl palmitate
  • Isostearyl neopentanoate
  • Lanolin
  • Myristyl myristate
  • Myristyl propionate
  • Octyl palmitate or isocetyl stearate
  • 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
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Gluconolactone
  • Phytic acid
  • Polyhydroxy acids
  • Retinaldehyde
  • Retinol
  • Retinyl palmitate
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic 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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