August 29, 2022 5 min read


Sensitive skin is prone to rashes, flaking, redness, itching, and dryness. They also occasionally experience burning or stinging when some beauty products are applied.

Many cases that can lead to sensitive skin include exposure to sunlight, the environment, the use of certain products, and the genes that damage the skin barrier. If you have sensitive skin, be alert about how many exfoliators you use and how frequently you use them. Avoid using irritating skin products to avoid worsening the situation. Products like scrubs that contain thick particles should be avoided. Although some dermatologists warn against exfoliating sensitive skin, this article guides how to make your skin shiny, moist and safely remove all the debris.

How to Exfoliate Sensitive Skin

The main reason behind skin exfoliation is when one experiences hyperpigmentation, acne, keratosis pilaris, photo-damage, or mature skin. People with sensitive skin who want to exfoliate should start with gentle cleansers. These gentle cleansers have a brief contact time with the skin, thus, reducing irritation on sensitive skin. Your responsibility is to care for your skin as you exfoliate it to prevent unnecessary risks.

Rodan et al. (2016) stated that irritating products such as vitamin C, retinoid, and AHAs shouldn’t be occasionally used for sensitive skins. Always do a patch test with your exfoliating products before applying them to sensitive skin, then use SPF. This will protect you from severe risks you may experience whenever you exfoliate your skin. Several skincare companies now specialize in perfect products for sensitive skin. Ideal natural products for exfoliation are now available in the market to ease your search efforts. The following are products that are effective for exfoliating sensitive skin:

Using Honey Masks and Scrubs

This skin care product for sensitive skin doubles the results. A little amount is placed on the hands and then gently applied to the skin using fingers. This ensures that the skin absorbs most of it, if not all. You will get the right and perfect feeling on your skin brought by honey masks, making your skin smooth and moisturized. Honey masks are made of baking soda and honey. Burlando & Cornara (2013) commented that honey helps boost the body's antibacterial properties, whereas baking soda, on the other side, removes the dead and old skin cells with much ease.  

Using Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub

This is a perfect option for great oil lovers. It gives you real treatment for your sensitive skin and sense of smell. Apply it gently on the skin using scrubbing tools such as brushes to help remove the layer of dead cells on the skin. Ravisankar et al. (2015) noted that lemon sugar scrub leaves your skin fresh and with enhanced circulation from the lemon scrub with the sugar removing the dead cells. This product is the secret behind shiny, glowing, energetic, sensitive skin.

Using Natural Pumpkin Pie Spice Sugar Scrub

Natural pumpkin pie spice sugar scrub has coconut oil, a moisturizing product for sensitive skin. It is applied in circular motions in small amounts using the fingers to ensure it is highly absorbed into the skin. Free yourself from hydration and older epidermal cells. This is a great product that works for sensitive skin. You will have a wonderful skin look with this nice hack.

Using Banana and Oatmeal

These ingredients work best for those who suffer from inflammation, made into a scrub to free the user from psoriasis and eczema. When preparing this paste, mix it with mashed bananas and little honey drops, then slowly apply it to your skin with the help of your hands in round motions for it to attain an even absorption. Have your skin soothed to restore your hydration level. Make it shiny and great with oatmeal and mashed banana, which is great for sensitive skin.

Using Coffee Scrub

Are you guilty of using caffeine products? If yes, don’t assume it is a poor habit. Bessada et al. (2018) discovered that caffeinated coffee has acids that highly boost the skin’s anti-inflammatory properties and improve collagen production. Walk with your head high and stimulated skin that gives you the needed confidence as you walk. It is very simple to apply this chemical; using scrubbing tools such as a brush, apply this product onto the skin to remove the layer of build-up dead cells.

Exfoliators are a perfect deal for you to protect your skin from clinging pollutants. Lotions formulated for sensitive skin will also work miracles for you if properly used.

Using a Tomato Scrub

The scrub is simple to make; cut one tomato into two, dip one piece in sugar, and carefully rub it on your skin, especially in the neck and face regions. After leaving it for 5 minutes, use the other piece and rub it on your neck and face to moisturize it with the juice. Leave this for another 5 minutes to dry before you wash the face using lukewarm water. Finish by toning and moisturizing.

Using a Soothing Oatmeal Scrub

Mix a tablespoon of well-ground oatmeal and ¼ teaspoon of table salt. This should then be scrubbed on the body gently to boost the face and give it an energetic and glowing look. Use a teaspoon of olive oil or water to make this paste. Using the tips of your finger, massage gently and in circular motions, while scrubbing, then leave it for 10 minutes before rinsing. Ground oatmeal is buzzing because of its soothing and healing effect on acne-prone skin. Protect your skin from sunburn and flakiness with this simple exfoliating product. Its nature makes it ideal for sensitive skin.

Bottom Line

Each user should be very careful when exfoliating sensitive skin to avoid damage and other possible effects that may result from certain exfoliating products. Make your skin perfect with improved circulation and sebum production for smoothness. This article has highlighted several DIY hacks that can be useful for each individual with sensitive skin. Depending on available ingredients, choose one that suits you best since they all serve the same purpose of maintaining sensitive skin. Apply the best exfoliating technique depending on your skin’s sensitivity and get the best outcome.


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