Treating Acne on Sensitive Skin

Is it possible to get tough on acne without roughing up sensitive skin?


Yes — as long as you take the right approach specific to your skincare needs.

Having both acne-prone and sensitive skin can be a big challenge for most who are trying to find solutions? "One reason is because most skin care ingredients used to treat acne contain benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. These two ingredients can seriously inflame and irritate sensitive skin."


acneSo, what can you do?

Use a gentle cleanser to remove oil

It's important to wash your face each night to remove the surface oil and makeup that can contribute to acne, but you don't want a cleanser that strips your skin of all its moisture. Look for a gentle cleanser that will remove surface oils and makeup without stripping and disrupting your natural pH. *Orique Cleanser cleanses gently without irritating your skin. It's oil-free, soap-free and hypoallergenic.


What about exfoliation?

No exfoliation! Scrubbing the skin will disrupt acne and spread bacteria, resulting in more acne forming, increased inflammation and redness.


Topical solutions and moisturizers

Lightweight oil-free moisturizers will keep your sensitive skin hydrated and balanced, without breaking you out. *Try Orique Xerominus® to keep your skin hydrated and soothing.

Home Self Remedy : All-natural skin care regime for sensitive, acne-prone skin. "Mix a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil in a bowl of water, soak a washcloth and wash your skin with it. Lavender or tea tree oil  not only soothes and heals sensitive skin, but it's great for calming acne. It's antiseptic, antibacterial and has a decongestant effect."


Use a new washcloth each day

Cleanse your face with a soft, gentle washcloth made of lightweight terry cloth or soft cotton flannel. Avoid reuse the cloth, because it may adding unwanted bacteria to your skin.


Avoid pore-clogging ingredients

Skin care products that contain isopropyl palmitate, laureth-4, octyl stearate and sodium lauryl sulfate can clog pores and cause acne. so always read the labels and steer clear of products containing these pore cloggers and irritants to sensitive skin.



Finally, your diet can have a big effect on your sensitive, acne-prone skin. Sugar is not a direct cause of acne, but for some, items like sugar, caffeine and complex carbs can trigger inflammation in the body.


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11 Best Ways to Prevent Acne: Avoid Breakouts With These Tips!

Acne breakouts often occur because of changes you’ve made to your daily routine. Maybe you’ve started using a different shampoo, face cream or soap. These are often the biggest culprits of an acne breakout.


If you want to keep your skin clear and radiant, avoid breakouts by following these 11 simple tips:


makeupChoose Acne-Friendly Makeup

The makeup you use (and how much you use) has a big impact on the health of your skin. If you’re prone to breakouts, look for products that say “non-comedogenic” on the label. This means that the product is specifically designed not to clog your pores. Clogged pores are one of the leading causes of breakouts. And make sure you have taken all your make up off when you go to sleep.



If you’ve turned to acne products to control your outbreaks (which most of you probably have), the importance of moisturizing becomes a key component in keeping your breakouts at bay. Most acne products contain ingredients that dry out the skin, thus, moisturizing immediately after is critical. Make sure you hydrate your skin with water before applying the moisturizer.


Review Your Shampoo

Have you noticed that you’ve been breaking out a lot more than usual lately? You might want to check your shampoo. Shampoos and conditioners with a lot fragrance and chemicals can irritate skin and cause breakouts on your forehead, jaw, neck and back. Considering using non-fragrance products (or all-natural products) and always make sure you rinse the shampoo out of your hair completely before washing your face in the shower.


touchfaceStop Touching Your Face

This might seem like common sense but keeping your hands away from your face is harder than you think. Your head is resting on your hands and your fingers are running up your cheeks. These movements can cause irritation and spark a breakout. Keeping your hands and fingers off your face will keep it clean and healthy and help eliminate future breakouts.


Go Easy on the Makeup

Lightening up on the makeup will almost certainly help control your breakouts. Not only are the ingredients in most makeup products bad for your skin but applying makeup means touching your face, which can lead to a breakout. If you must wear makeup, try adding a dab of liquid foundation to an all-natural moisturizer which will help hydrate the skin instead of drying it out.


Stay Out of the Sun

A little bit of sun has been known to reduce breakouts but too much  can cause damage to your skin and prompt a breakout. If you’re planning a weekend at the beach, be sure to load up on sunscreen and moisturizer – these will help keep your skin hydrated and protected from the sun which will equal less breakouts this summer.



Exercising daily will not only help you look and feel better but it will also help reduce the frequency of your breakouts. Working out increases the blood flow through the body which will keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. Plus, when you workout, you drink more water and drinking more water will definitely help prevent acne breakouts.


Reduce Stress

Staying calm and happy has actually been proven to help control breakouts. Acne often appears when someone becomes stressed out or worried about something (perhaps you’re worried about breaking out) and tends to spread faster in these circumstances as well. The best thing to do is to keep calm and try not to sweat the small stuff. In doing so, you’ll feel and look better.


eatEat Healthy

An unhealthy diet has always been linked to acne. While many studies fail to prove a direct link between the two, doctors and health experts agree that maintaining a healthy diet can go a long way in preventing breakouts. Also, you may not know it but you might have a small allergy to some foods (dairy is a common one) which can spark acne problems. Reducing the amount of dairy you eat, along with unhealthy foods like greasy burgers, french fries, chips and soda will undoubtedly help eliminate your breakouts.


Quit Smoking and Drinking

Hopefully, this will be an easy one for most of you out there (because hopefully you don’t do either of these things to begin with) but if you do smoke or drink you should seriously consider quitting. Smoking and drinking dehydrate the skin, making it much more prone to breaking out. Eliminating these bad habits from your daily routine will help your skin stay clear and your body stay healthy.


Drink Water

Drinking water is an easy (and cost-effective) way to keep your breakouts at bay. Drinking water not only hydrates your skin but it eliminates all of the unhealthy toxins from your body – some of which may have been the cause of your earlier breakouts. Consuming at least 8 glasses a day will keep your skin looking radiant and glowing everyday.


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Skin Lightening Ingredients to Avoid

skincare avoidSkin lightening lotions, creams and serums can be divided into two categories: those that are highly toxic, and those that are safe. Fortunately the dividing line is usually pretty clear, and it is easy to identify the skin lightening ingredients you should avoid.



Hydroquinone is known to produce serious side effects when used over a long period of time. The Story of Cosmetics highlights this ingredient as one of the most toxic ingredients on the market. It is reported to increase the risk of developing leukemia, liver cancer, skin irritation, irreversible hyperpigmentation (exogenous ochronosis) * and reproductive damage. Hydroquinone photosensitizes the skin, making it susceptible to skin cancer. It is completely banned for use in cosmetics in Europe and Japan, and the FDA is considering its ban in the US. *Ochronosis occurs when the pigment drops into the dermis, creating bluish-black patches around the mouth or eyes that are almost impossible to remove.



Used to suppress inflammation associated with skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis, steroid creams contain powerful ingredients like Clobetasol Propionate, Fluocinolone Acetonide or Betamethasone Dipropionate. One of steroid’s side effects is skin lightening, but prolonged use can lead to skin problems such as steroid rosacea and thinning of the epidermis.



The Vitamin A derivative found in Retin A, Avita and Renova, tretinoin increases cellular turnover rate, thus eliminating pigment already pooled in the epidermis. Overuse can result in dry, thinner skin. Sensitive skin types can also experience redness, scaling, itching and burning. Thinner skin can increase susceptibility to deleterious effects of UV exposure.


Glycolic Acid

The Alpha hydroxy acid expedites cellular exfoliation, and serves the same purpose as tretinoin described above. Again, the long term side effect of greater UV susceptibility obviates the short term skin lightening effect.



If your skin has a tendency to develop hyperpigmentation it is also a good idea to shun products containing alcohol, which can accelerate the problem.


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