When I founded CLn Skin Care several years ago, it was very important to me
that I develop a mild, well-tolerated cleanser that was also effective. I’d just suffered from a skin infection myself, and I found many products to be very irritating. So, I sought the advice and partnership of renowned physicians, dermatologists and scientists to create my patented, gentle, but clinically proven line of skin cleansers. I learned a great deal about what makes a product suitable for sensitive skin. I also learned about finding other non-irritating skin care products.
Read on to discover how to avoid and deal with common skin irritants.
1. Avoid SLS
SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) is a common additive to skin care products. It helps create lather and is inexpensive. Many manufacturers use it in shampoos, body washes, etc. SLS can sting or irritate sensitive skin, however. CLn cleansers contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), which is believed to be less irritating to the skin than SLS.
2. Look for Product Testing Results
Many skin products—if they are not classified as “drugs”—have not been thoroughly vetted. In fact, the FDA only requires testing on color additives in cosmetics, and nothing else. Some personal care items contain drying alcohols or preservatives (such as parabens) that can actually cause skin irritation. So always look for a product’s research results. And be wary of big claims not backed by evidence.
We at CLn Skin Care believe in science for both developing and testing products. CLn BodyWash, our flagship product, has been reviewed and analyzed by a luminary board of medical advisors. We have also performed 2 Clinical Studies in children with moderate-to-severe eczema. The studies found that CLn BodyWash is non-irritating and safe for use in children 6+ months. And although CLn is not tear-free, we have tested to ensure that, if exposed to eyes, CLn can simply be rinsed out with no ill effects.
3. Make Sure Your Product is Highly Recommended
Treating skin conditions can be frustrating, result in unwanted side effects, or be downright counterproductive if the wrong product is used. New products pop up faster than they can even be proven. This leads consumers to question how they know if a product is the “real deal.” Looking at ratings and reviews can help. Also, analyze a product’s credentials. CLn Skin Care is recommended by over 6,000 doctors in the US and by international dermatologists such as Dr. Richard Aron. Dr. Aron added CLn products to his Aron Regimen to combat Staph bacteria and also as a way to reduce his regimen’s use of antibiotics. CLn has been used by tens of thousands of patients with essentially no or minimal issues of irritation reported.
4. Know What to do if Your Skin is Easily Irritated
All products—even water, actually—can sting skin that is already irritated, broken or compromised. Always discuss skin irritation with your doctor to rule out obvious causes and to minimize discomfort. And if irritation seems to happen regularly, consider keeping a journal of products used and outcomes so that your doctor can suggest products to avoid. You might want to consider allergy tests, too. Follow your doctor’s advice on dealing with skin that is already irritated. And when using products in the shower, make sure that skin is thoroughly wet before applying, and rinse off thoroughly to minimize irritation.
5. Minimize Risk when Trying New Products
Skin is a complicated organ. And no two people have the exact same skincare routine success. As noted above, products vary in quality and safety and can contain irritants. If shopping for new skin care products, look atreturn/exchange information. More credible companies will offer free returns or exchanges—which you can usually take as a sign that they believe in their product. Keep your receipts and make a note of return/exchange windows.
We hope this primer on skin care irritant avoidance has helped you. Feel free to reach out to us with skin care questions. And don’t forget to subscribe to our blog (on the right) to get skin care tips and alerts delivered to your inbox.
Disclaimer: The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The information, graphics, and images on this website are not intended to substitute diagnosis and/or treatment by a medical professional. These products have been clinically tested and proven to be safe for intended use. Always seek the advice of a physician with any questions you may have regarding a specific medical condition.