Ways to Reduce Sensitivity

For those who have had sensitivity or irritation when using skincare in the past, here are five tips on how to reduce these issues going forward.

Invest in a Good Moisturizer

Weak lipid barriers and an accumulation of dead skin cells are one of the biggest triggers of acne. This is especially important if you have used a product that damaged your lipid barrier.


The Protective Moisturizer. It is loaded with peptides (amino acid building blocks) that help to repair your skin. This formulation does not clog your pores and has helped many with very sensitive acne-prone skin.

Spot Test

If you are worried or feel uncomfortable trying out a new active ingredient, you should test the product in an inconspicuous area of your skin to see if any problems arise.

The skin on your neck and chest are most similar to the skin on your face. The skin in these areas are thin and they have a high density of sebaceous glands (to test if a product causes breakouts).

Other parts of your body has skin that is as thin as the skin on your face (like the wrist) but there are very few sebaceous glands so this is not a good area to test whether a product will cause breakouts.

Introduce Products Gradually

The strongest product in the Clearly Basics lineup will be the Clear Out. If you have very sensitive skin, apply Clear Out every third night. As your skin adjusts to the product, you can gradually “step up” by applying more frequently. Eventually, you will be able to use the Clear Out every evening without any issues.

To further dilute the strength of Clear Out, apply the Protective Moisturizer first before applying Clear Out.

Be conscious applying actives around your eyes, your nose and your mouth. It is very common for users to leave excess product on the base/crevice of the nose which will lead to irritation/itchiness.

Get the Right Cleanser

Although it seems basic, many people get a cleanser that is too strong for their skin and it weakens their lipid barrier. This forces your skin into overdrive to produce more oil (thereby leading to more acne).

Opt for a gentle cleanser and if you have areas that are particularly oily, spend more time working the cleanser in those areas. This will allow for the cleanser to work out additional oil in these areas.

Keep it Simple!

As the Clear Out contains three active ingredients, you should keep your night time routine simple. However, if you want to introduce other actives, make sure to ease into it slowly, giving your skin time to adapt to the changes.

Make sure that your new product does not contain fragrance or colorants … these should be avoided in any leave-on product.

You know you’ve reached adulthood when the sweet smell of NOTHING in your skincare makes your heart glad.


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Nothing on this article should be interpreted as personal medical advice. For medical related matters, please consult with your dermatologist.

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