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For some people, skincare is not so simple. Sensitive skin can be quite a challenge when testing new skincare products or dealing with skin concerns. Sensitive skin types tend to experience irritation triggered by environmental factors, diet, and skincare products and practices. Find out how to build a routine with skincare products for sensitive skin and tips for sensitive skin from the expert team at Dr. Dennis Gross.

What Causes Sensitive Skin?

Skin sensitivities can be caused or triggered by a variety of factors, but a common source of irritation for those with sensitive skin are the ingredients in their topical skincare, personal care, and even laundry products. Additives like dyes, parabens, and preservatives can be particularly troubling for those with sensitive skin.
Other factors that may cause your skin to be more sensitive include genetics and the environment (think pollution and sun exposure). The key to understanding your sensitive skin is recognizing the products, ingredients, or other factors that irritate your skin and eliminating them from your routine if possible.

Build a Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin types may find it particularly difficult to select skincare products that are gentle on their skin. At Dr. Dennis Gross, we not only formulate skincare with your skin’s unique sensitivities in mind, but we also have the expert tips for caring for your skin and combating irritation.

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What Ingredients Should You Use For Sensitive Skin ?

with anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile can neutralize and soothe the skin even when irritated.
naturally hypoallergenic, this superstar in sensitive skincare creates a natural protective shield on skin, calms inflammation and can ease irritation.
this natural alternative to retinol can provide transformative, retinol-like effects without the irritation that sometimes comes with retinol use.

What Ingredients Should You Avoid for Sensitive Skin?

While everyone’s skin and sensitivities are unique, some skincare products for sensitive skin carefully avoid ingredients that are generally considered irritants. Ingredients to consider using in moderation if you have sensitive skin include:


we at Dr. Dennis Gross adore the powerful effects of retinol, but frequent use of retinol can cause irritation, particularly for those with sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin and plan to use retinol, start small with a test on your skin.


these synthetic ingredients that can irritate the skin, so it is best to avoid them. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare products are always free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates.