11 Effective Home Remedies For Sensitive Skin

Keep your skin free from irritation with cucumber, mango, potatoes, cocoa powder, and more.

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Sensitive skin is a common skin type that may experience symptoms like redness and itching frequently. People with sensitive skin also experience burning, stinging, and itching of skin regularly. Thankfully, there are some home remedies for sensitive skin that can help you regulate these issues. You can easily treat sensitive skin by following a few DIY steps. However, this type of skin can sometimes point toward a more serious underlying condition, such as renal disease. So, it is always a good idea to consult a doctor. In this article, we have discussed everything about sensitive skin and how to treat it at home. Take a look!

Best 11 Home Remedies For Sensitive Skin

1. Keep Yourself Hydrated

Woman drinking water to keep her sensitive skin hydrated
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You have to drink water but in moderate quantities. Water is essential to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized from within. It also helps in flushing out the toxins (1). Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water. You can also take the help of fresh fruit juices, smoothies, green juices, and green tea to keep up your moisture levels.

2. Keep Track Of Your Allergens

Allergy and sensitive skin are arch-rivals. Scorching sun, pollutants, smoke, dust, pollen, tar, petrol, cosmetics, food items – the list goes on. Sun is the biggest enemy of skin; tan and sunburns are quite common. Dust also leaves you with rashes, as do certain face washes and face masks so it’s better and safer to use hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and fragrance-free products. Make a note of what affects your skin and stay away from them instead of searching for a solution every time you encounter the problem (2).

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Always use mineral-based sunscreens instead of chemical ones, as the latter may have ingredients that may inflame sensitive skin.

3. Moisturize With Coconut Oil

Coconut oil as a home remedy for sensitive skin
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Pure coconut oil, when applied on the skin, penetrates deeply into the pores, nourishing and moisturizing from within (3 ).

Dry roast 10 black peppercorns. Heat about 1 liter coconut oil in a deep pan, add the crushed peppercorns with 3 to 4 dried Indian gooseberries, 10 curry leaves, and a handful of henna leaves. Steep it for about 10 to 12 minutes or until oil changes its color to black and gives a nice aroma. You can also add essential oils like lavender and calendula to soothe inflammation and allergies. Store this oil and use it daily to massage your skin. Along with moisturizing the skin, it will give your skin an enviable glow too. You can use the same oil to moisturize your dry scalp to prevent hair fall.

Aviva, a blogger, shared how she came to use coconut oil for her skin and hair, and how amazing it was for her. She writes, “Hurray, because my face didn’t develop horrible cystic acne all over like others warned! As a matter of fact, I rarely break out anymore.” She also outlines how the oil has blessed her skin as well, stating, “Coconut oil definitely saved my skin from dryness. Lotions, which are water-based, only temporarily relieve dryness. With coconut oil, however, my skin is constantly soft and smooth. Furthermore, it is the only product to have improved my keratosis pilaris and softened my calluses (i).”

Note: Coconut oil is comedogenic and may clog pores, leading to acne. Therefore this remedy is not recommended for those with acne-prone or oily skin.

4. Include Amla In Your Diet

Amla or Indian gooseberry is a rich source of vitamin C (4). Clean, steam, and eat one amla a day to give your skin that extra dose of nourishment. Alternatively, you can start your day with about 60 ml of organic Indian gooseberry juice. Add 150 ml of warm water to it and drink it. 12 weeks is what you need to see visible differences. You can add honey as it tends to be a little bitter, but plain juice is always more beneficial. Want some instant radiance? Mix 1 tbsp each of amla juice and honey, apply on your face and wash off with lukewarm water after 20 minutes. This is one of the effective home remedies for sensitive skincare.

5. Benefits Of Honey

Honey as a home remedy for sensitive skin
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Honey is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties (5). A super hydrating tonic, you can use it as a regular cleansing agent when mixed with one glass of water. Make a coarse mixture of unsweetened cocoa powder and honey. Add coconut or jojoba oil and milk to make a wonderful scrub for sensitive skin. This mixture can also be used as a calming face mask. Apply on the face and wash off with lukewarm water after 20 minutes. Honey also heals your sunburns. Just dab on the affected area and wash off after a while.

6. Sugar

Sugar is not good for your waistline but is definitely good for your sensitive skin. White, granulated sugar can be transformed into a gentle, non-irritating exfoliating agent by mixing it with a little olive oil. Even better, coarsely powder the sugar and then prepare your scrub (6). Massage gently, in circular motions to eliminate dead cells, and rinse with lukewarm water. You can dab a little coconut oil to trap the moisture once you are done.

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Avoid harsh exfoliators. Crushed fruit pits and shells in physical scrubs may cause inflammation and micro-tears.

7. Cool It Off With Cucumber

Woman applying cucumber on her sensitive skin
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Cucumber is my favorite salad veggie. It is equally important when it comes to soothing my puffy eyes loaded with dark circles. Along with repairing your skin gently, cucumber also softens it (6). Remove the peel, cut it into thin slices, and keep it on your eyes to remove the fatigue and ease the dark circles. They also soothe the ungainly crow’s feet and fine lines that can make one look older. Mix 2 tbsp cucumber juice with 1 tbsp honey to give your skin the nourishment it requires. You can store this, and use it as a refreshing face wash. You can also use cucumber juice alone on your face to brighten it up. One of the coolest home remedies for sensitive skin on face.

8. Go Chocolicious

By chocolicious, I mean cocoa powder. Unsweetened cocoa powder is my skin’s new best friend! Packed with antioxidants, it helps to keep my skin looking younger and fresh (7). Mix 5 tbsp cocoa powder with 5 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp milk, and 1 tbsp chicory-free coffee powder. This mixture acts as an exfoliating agent as well as face mask. You can apply it on your whole body, twice a week, to tighten and brighten your skin. It is a good way to ease the appearance of cellulite too.

9. Mangoes

Woman with mango face mask for sensitive skin
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One reason I look forward to the summers is because of this yummy fruit. The moment I can lay my hands on them, I just grab half a ripe mango to make a homemade facial out of it. Mangoes not only are tasty to eat but also nourish and hydrate your skin making it look bright and radiant as they contain folate and vitamin E. No wonder, mango butter is found in many skincare products (8).

To get its benefits at home, extract the pulp of fresh mango. Blend it with yogurt, rose water, and honey to make a smooth paste. Add a few drops of almond or coconut oil to this mixture. Apply it on your face and wash off after 20 minutes for a fabulous facial. Dry the mango skin, powder it, and store it. Mix it with cream or yogurt to be used as a face pack when you need one.

10. Potatoes For Sensitive Skin

Potatoes might not be a good choice when it comes to your diet, but you can certainly apply it topically to give your skin a new lease of life (9).

Discard the peel, grate it finely, and mix it with honey to be used as a mask for dry, sensitive skin. Keep the mask for 15 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water. Potatoes are natural skin lightening agents and can remove dark spots and blackheads. Thin slices of these starchy veggies can be placed above the eyes to bid adieu to dark circles. Prepare a mask by mixing 2 tbsp of raw milk with 1 finely grated medium potato and a few drops of almond oil. Apply this on your face and wash off after 15 minutes with cold water for radiant sensitive skin.

11. Lactic Acid

Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from milk. It is known for its gentle exfoliating properties, making it suitable for sensitive skin. Unlike stronger acids, lactic acid is a milder exfoliant that removes dead skin cells and improves cell regeneration rate without irritating the skin. It also improves skin texture, reduces hyperpigmentation, boosts skin hydration, and promotes brighter and radiant skin (10), (11).

Start with a concentration of 5%-10%, once a week. If no issues arise, gradually increase the frequency to twice or thrice a week. Always ensure you do a patch test before using the product. You can incorporate gentle cleansers or moisturizers containing lactic acid into your skincare routine to reap its benefits.

Sensitive skin is a common condition. According to a systematic review of studies with 51783 individuals, 71% have self-reported sensitive skin. Of these, 40% have very or moderately sensitive skin. Although both women (45%) and men (33%) seemed to have sensitive skin, women tended to have a higher risk of developing it compared to men with a risk ratio of 1.74.

Infographic: 5 Simple Ways To Manage Sensitive Skin

Itching, redness, and burning are commonly experienced by people with sensitive skin. While these are not harmful symptoms, they sure can cause a lot of distress. The solution? Well, making simple and positive changes to your skin care routine and lifestyle can help. Check out the infographic below to learn more.

5 simple ways to manage sensitive skin (infographic)

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Individuals with sensitive skin may frequently experience symptoms such as redness, burning, itching, and stinging sensations on the skin. Applying home remedies for sensitive skin may bring relief from these symptoms and help regulate these issues while some might help promote healing. Hydration, protection, moisturization, and choosing natural and gentle ingredients for skin care can make a huge difference. You can also use other ingredients like chamomile, oatmeal, rose water, witch hazel, turmeric, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar to help nourish, soothe, and maintain your sensitive skin. For instance, it is important to avoid allergens and pollutants like dust, smoke, pollen, petrol, tar, cosmetics, allergens in food items to prevent flare-ups and breakouts. Exposure to sunlight without sunscreen is again a big no-no. You should also opt for natural moisturizers like coconut oil, shea butter, and honey. It is important to keep in mind that sensitive skin may indicate an underlying condition, so if you continue to have sensitivity issues, it is advised to consult a doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my skin so sensitive?

The skin becomes sensitive when it is overly dry or has some disorders like eczemai  A chronic medical condition that weakens the skin barrier function to cause dry, itchy and flaky skin with inflammation and soreness. , dermatitisi  An umbrella term for uncomfortable skin conditions like rashes, inflammation and itchiness after coming in contact with allergic substances. , or rosaceai  A chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes small pus-filled blisters and swelling on the face as well redness, especially faced by women with fair complexions. . As a result, it is more prone to inflammation.

Is aloe vera good for sensitive skin?

Aloe vera is suitable for sensitive skin as it helps soothe and moisturize the skin.

Is lemon good for sensitive skin?

Lemon can cause skin irritation if you have sensitive skin. Therefore, use small amounts of it on your sensitive skin after doing a patch test.

Will sensitive skin go away?

Sensitive skin does not go away on its own. However, you can treat it with a proper skin care routine and lifestyle changes.

Is sensitive skin oily or dry?

Sensitive skin can be oily or dry. However, it is usually dry.

Key Takeaways

  • To stay hydrated and help your body remove toxins, increase water intake in the form of juice and smoothies.
  • To hydrate it and give it a dewy appearance, use coconut oil. However, do not use it on oily or acne-prone skin.
  • For an extra boost of vitamin C nutrition for your skin, drink the combination of warm water and amla juice in the morning.
  • Face masks made of honey or mangoes can hydrate your skin, reduce inflammation and sunburns, and give you a radiant glow.
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Aakriti AroraCertificate In Plant-Based Nutrition

Aakriti Arora is a USA certified nutritionist with 3 years of experience. She is practicing in New Delhi. She has completed her graduation with Honors from the University of Delhi and Nutrition and Dietetics Certification from Cornell University. She also holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the reputed T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Her approach towards nutrition...read full bio

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