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Your Ultimate (And Foolproof) Guide To Treating Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is common amongst many of us and can be tricky and hard to tackle, we speak to Dr. Christine Choi Kim of The Body Shop on what it really means to have sensitive skin and how to properly treat it.

What really is sensitive skin

Dr. Christine Choi Kim (CCK): “It is the subjective feeling of burning, itching and stinging – either alone or after applying a skincare product. There isn’t one type of skin that is the classic picture of sensitive skin. You can be oily and have sensitive skin, blemish-prone and have sensitive skin or more traditionally people think dry skin is sensitive. But really, sensitivity affects all skin types.”

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Common types of acne and how to treat them

CCK: “Acne starts with congested pores. The congesting can look like blackheads, whiteheads and can just be under the surface of the skin and not necessarily inflammatory. In particular, inflammatory acne, the painful, deep cysts and pustules that are red and inflamed start from that congested, clogged pore, which then ruptures under the surface of the skin. Inflammatory cells then come to the area and that’s what we see as the big red spot. In terms of treatment, we prefer using the same approach. Firstly, we always have to keep our pores clean as that really is the source of all acne. The Drops of Youth Liquid Peel is a wonderful exfoliant that you could use twice a week and if you do end up having inflammatory acne, you might want to use the tea tree oil range instead because it has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a little bit more targeted towards calming down the red, painful, tender spots. Another way I like to approach acne is with masks. For instance, the Himalayan Charcoal Mask is excellent for people who have oily skin, which can contribute to congestion of the pores. For those with dry skin and have blemishes, I recommend using a spot treatment.”

The types of products and skincare ingredients to use

CCK: “Always look for products that are made with high-quality ingredients and naturally soothing and calming. The Aloe and Chamomile range from The Body Shop are very suitable because those ingredients are naturally anti-inflammatory and calming, as well as not being too harsh or drying.”