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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Your primary skin concerns are oiliness, facial redness, and inflammation. Your skin benefits from being tight and rarely wrinkles. It will stay youthful-looking if it is protected. Focus on non-irritating products that will limit acne and redness, protecting your skin from sun exposure, and using products with anti-inflammatory ingredients in them. This skin type frequently suffers from rosacea. Click here to learn more about rosacea and what you can do.


Your skin care regimen should depend on what condition you are experiencing at a particular time:

Skin Care IQ will help you find good products and ingredients for your skin.
  • For rosacea and redness, focus on applying products with anti-inflammatory and oil control ingredients.

  • For acne, add spot treatment of pimples in the morning and use a mask, lotion, or gel with anti-inflammatory ingredients in the evening.

  • For clear skin, still apply the products with anti-inflammatory ingredients and add a retinol-containing product in the evening.

Avoid these:

Say no to bad things for your skin like smoking, sun exposure, and a poor diet.
  • Ingredients and products (as well as life situations) that result in redness and flushing.
  • Anti-aging products that contain harsh ingredients like fruit acids that can trigger the sensitivity.
  • Toners as they can trigger flushing.
  • Skin exfoliation which can lead to inflammation.

Ingredients to look for:

To prevent/diminish inflammation

  • Aloe vera
  • Chamomile
  • Dexpanthenol (also known as provitamin B5)
  • Feverfew
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)
  • Licochalone
  • Niacinamide
  • Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid, or BHA)
  • Sulfacetamide
  • Sulfur
  • Tea tree oil
  • Zinc

Ingredients to avoid:

Can be too harsh for sensitive (red or inflamed) skin:
  • Acetic acid
  • Acetone
  • Alcohol
  • Alpha hydroxy acids (lactic acid, glycolic acid)
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Balsam of Peru
  • Benzoic acid
  • Camphor
  • Cinnamic acid
  • DMAE
  • Lactic acid
  • Menthol
  • Parabens
  • Quaternium-15
  • Avobenzone (found in sunscreens)
  • Benzophenones (e.g. oxybenzone, found in sunscreen)
  • Butyl methoxydibenzoyl methane (found in sunscreen)
  • Isopropyldibenzoylmethane (found in sunscreen)
  • Methylbenzylidene camphor (found in sunscreen)
  • Oxtyl methoxycinnamate (found in sunscreen)
  • Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA, found in sunscreen)
  • Phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid (found in sunscreen)
  • Vitamin C (ascorbate)

Can promote acne:

  • Butyl stearate
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Cocos nucifera (coconut oil)
  • Decyl oleate (chemical additive)
  • Fluorans (red color found in blush)
  • Indigoids (red color found in blush)
  • Isocetyl stearate (chemical additive)
  • Isopropyl myristate (chemical additive)
  • Isostearyl neopentanoate (chemical additive)
  • Isopropyl isostearate (chemical additive)
  • Isopropyl palmitate (chemical additive)
  • Lanolin
  • Monoazoanilines (red color found in blush)
  • Myristyl myristate (chemical additive)
  • Myristyl propionate (chemical additive)
  • Octyl palmitate (chemical additive)
  • Octyl stearate (chemical additive)
  • Peppermint oil
  • Propylene glycol-2 (PPG-2) (chemical additive)
  • Xanthenes (red color found in blush)

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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