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Why is proper moisturizing an important part of managing sensitive skin?

Some people with reactive or sensitive skin have a weakened barrier function. Moisturizers can help to repair the skin surface, restoring some of the lost moisture from the skin, and keep it healthy and supple. The trouble is, if the moisturizer contains ingredients that the skin reacts to, then it can be purpose defeating. It’s vital that you choose the right moisturizers that work for your skin.

What do dermatologists look for in recommending moisturizers for people with sensitive skin?

Simple, fragrance free moisturizers with few ingredients for bells and whistles, are generally what dermatologists recommend for people with sensitive skin. Dryness and dehydration of the skin often exacerbates skin sensitivity, as it is more exposed to various substances as invisible cracks form on dry skin. Proper use of a moisturizer that works well with your skin can help repair the skin’s barrier function and restore hydration, making it less likely to irritate.