What Do You Do When You’ve Sensitised Your Skin?

9th April 2018 in Skincare - 5 Comments - Talia James (The Skincare Saviour) - 4 min read

Welcome Skintellectuals!

If you didn’t see, i posted on Instagram on saturday asking if you guys wanted to see a post on what do you do when you’ve sensitised your skin through using too many products or by going to fast when using stronger strength products.

First things first we need to get this out the way – Sensitive Skin and Sensitised Skin are two completely different things. Sensitive skin is inherited its just something your skin is whereas sensitised skin is where you have caused damage to your skin through using too many products at once or by jumping into stronger strength products too quickly. It’s not impossible to move past sensitised skin but it can take a while depending on the level of damage you’ve caused.

Try to avoid:-

  • hot water, that includes your showers
  • anything abrasive like exfoliants
  • avoid products that are overly fragranced as this can aggravate skin
  • dont use your actives
What do you do when you've sensitised your skin

If you have sensitised your skin there are things you can do to bring your skin back to normal. What you will have to do is cut out all actives for at least a week depending on how bad you have sensitised your skin, i recently went a bit to far and got some sensitivities because i was using the new clinical strength Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum that Murad had sent me. I honestly though i would be able to use it in conjunction with the other actives i was using….i was wrong.

I feel like the most important thing to do when you have sensitised your skin is to focus on rebuilding your skin by using emollient/humectant rich products and focusing on hydration as your skin will most likely be pretty dry/dehydrated.

What do you do when you've sensitised your skin

The thing that probably helped me the most was the Bioderma Atoderm SOS Spray, now this was a miracle worker! Atoderm SOS Spray can be applied to the face and body to relieve the itching sensation on the skin. SOS Spray is supposed to be good for anyone who has dry, irritated almost atopic skin. Apparently it can be used by those with Psoriasis and Atopic Dermatitis.

The science behind Atoderm SOS Spray is really interesting it works by targeting and blocking the liberation of pruritic mediators and therefore reduce the nerve fibers activation. It also contains Enoxolone which targets the inflammation with its cortisone-like biomimetic action for a soothing effect. SOS Spray also contains vitamin PP and squalene which bring lipids in the cutaneous barrier, providing hydration and protection effects. Overall is pretty amazing! i was a little skeptical on how it well it would work i thought it would be just another one of those water sprays but its actually really well formulated.


I’ve been using this little sample pot of @cliniqueuk Take The Day Off Cleanser that I saw @skinminimalist recommending and wow! I’m in love!! ??❤️ . Take the day off is an oil balm cleanser that is kind and gentle to the skin but completely decimates makeup which is amazing it even removes waterproof makeup. . This cleanser also contains emollients so it’s really easy to remove with a bit of water no washcloth needed but you know me I love a washcloth. . This cleanser is pretty much great for all skin types (yes even oily skin) it doesn’t contain any flashy or advanced ingredients it’s just a really good basic cleanser. It doesn’t contain any mineral oil, essential oils or fragrance so it’s great for sensitive/acne prone skin as well #bbloggers #clinique #takethedayoff #balmcleanser #oilcleansing

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I would advise using a cleanser that is very basic, something that won’t strip the skin or cause anymore harm. I love the Clinique Take The Day Off as its really bland and basic but in the best way possible its also great because it has emollients in it so you can take it off without a washcloth as this might irritate the skin.

When applying your product try to pat them into the skin because rubbing will irritate the skin further and trust me its not fun haha. Try to keep your routine as basic as possible when you have sensitised your skin. I like to Cleanse, use something hydrating after cleansing like the Murad Hydrating Toner followed up by the Evolve Beauty Hyaluronic Serum 2000 and finished with an emollient/humectant rich moisturiser like Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre or the Murad Hydrodynamic Ultimate Moisture, if you are oily and that’s a bit much for you you can also try the Murad Quenching Essence.

What do you do when you've sensitised your skin

My last recommendation is for those of you who have dry to really dry skin, Bobbi Brown does this fantastic Repair Nourishing Milk which is a lightweight fluid that combines the hydration of a face oil with the renewing properties of a treatment. The formula of Repair Nourishing Milk combines the Extra Repair Complex, made up of Argireline Peptide Technology and Clary Sage Ferment that strengthens the skin’s protective moisture barrier with Olive, Sesame, Sweet Almond and Jojoba Oils to provide skin with beneficial moisture whilst the emulsified milk will deeply moisturise and rejuvenate the complexion.

What do you do when you've sensitised your skin

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Talia James (The Skincare Saviour)

Scottish science nerd obsessed with all things beauty! Creator of The Skincare Saviour, a skincare blog covering everything from reviews, tutorials to busting myths, finding dupes and breaking down trends.

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  • Kayisoninsta 17th August 2018 at 12:45 am

    I find that not mixing strong actives helps. If I’m using a strong retinol I’ll go easy on the acids and vice versa.

  • Linzi 17th August 2018 at 12:45 am

    Ooh the SOS spray sounds really interesting, never heard of that before. Think I might get that and try it on my Psoriasis. You always have such good recommendations!

  • Gail Henderson 17th August 2018 at 12:45 am

    I use the La Roche Posay Serozinc spray toner – very cooling and soothing. X

  • last year's girl 17th August 2018 at 12:45 am

    Really interesting post with some great product recommendations – I like the sound of the SOS spray.

    It’s funny what you say about the Clinique cleansing balm, I’ve noticed since I’ve started using my friend’s coconut oil based cleanser that my skin has never felt better! I think it’s the same principle: something super gentle and oil-based, which is great at melting makeup off.

    Lis / last year’s girl x

  • Shireen 17th August 2018 at 12:45 am

    Brilliant post and thank you for writing it! I adore that Clinique TTDO, it’s my holy grail makeup remover!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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