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 does not tan easily and frequently suffers from flushing and rosacea. If you have persistent skin concerns related to your redness, flushing, or rosacea, we recommend seeking a doctor’s advice.


Your skin care regimen should focus on non-irritating and anti-inflammatory ingredients or products that will limit acne and redness.

Skin Care IQ will help you find good products and ingredients for your skin.
  • Dermatologists recommend avoiding toners because they might have ingredients that trigger your flushing.
  • For acne (not when you have redness or rosacea), scrubs are good when used no more than two to three times per week.
  • For redness, find seums, fluids, or lotions with anti-inflammatory ingredients.
  • For calm skin, wrinkles can be addressed with antioxidant serums.
  • Avoid anti-aging products that contain harsh ingredients like fruit acids that can trigger your sensitivity.

Avoid sun exposure for several reasons:

Say no to bad things for your skin like smoking, sun exposure, and a poor diet.
  • Tanning, whether in a tanning bed or outdoors, can intensify oil production, leading to an increased number of blackheads.
  • Your genetics do not allow you to tan easily.
  • Sunburns (at any age) will predispose you to non-melanoma skin cancers and wrinkles.
  • Sun exposure accelerates collagen loss from the skin and can cause breaks in blood vessels that can result in rosacea-like symptoms such as flushing and redness.

Ingredients to look for:

To prevent wrinkles:

  • Basil
  • Caffeine
  • Camilla sinensis (green tea, white tea)
  • Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone)
  • Feverfew
  • Genistein
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Grape seed extract
  • Idebenone
  • Lutein
  • Lycopene
  • Pomegranate
  • Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
  • Silymarin
  • Yucca

To diminish inflammation:

  • Aloe vera
  • Arctium lappa (burdock root)
  • Basil
  • Boswellia serrata
  • Chamomile
  • Dexpanthenol (also known as provitamin B5)
  • Epilobium angustfolium (willow herb)
  • Feverfew
  • Ginger
  • Licochalone
  • Mallow
  • Niacinamide
  • Red algae
  • Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid, or BHA)
  • Sulfacetamide
  • Sulfur
  • Tea tree oil
  • Zinc

To diminish acne:

  • Benzoyl peroxide (must be used with caution, while it is good for acne, some sensitive skin types will react to it and have burning, stinging, and redness; if this is the case for you, but you would still like to try it for your acne, try to find lower concentration preparations (≤ 2.5%), or mix it with another anti-inflammatory product)
  • Retinol
  • Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid, or BHA)
  • Tea tree oil

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
  • Benzoyl peroxide (see above)
  • Cinnamic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Menthol
  • Parabens
  • Quaternium-15
  • Avobenzone (found in sunscreens)
  • Benzophenones (e.g. oxybenzone, found in sunscreen)
  • Oxtyl methoxycinnamate (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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