Does Your Skin Get Irritated Easily? It Might be Your Products


Most people think they have sensitive skin because they get irritated to harsh products. But it’s the harsh products that are the problem, not your skin. It always amazes me why some cosmetic companies continue to use harsh, irritating ingredients in their skin care formulas.

Pull out your skin care products and look at the ingredient labels. If any of the below ingredients are listed, we highly suggest you don’t use them.

SD Alcohol 40-the “bad” solvent alcohol commonly found in toners. It is extremely drying and irritating to the skin. (Note:  Cetyl Alcohol is completely different and is not a drying ingredient.)

Denatured Alcohol-similar to SD Alcohol but usually found in European skin care formulas more so than American…

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate– a harsh detergent found in cleansing gels and is extremely drying and irritating to the skin

Sodium Trideceth Sulfate– same as above

Sodium Laureth Sulfate-same as above

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate– a harsh detergent found in cleansing gels and is extremely drying and irritating to the skin

Ammonium Laureth Sulfate-same as above

Fragrance– the #1 cause of allergic reactions to products. Avoid products containing the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the ingredient listing

Dyes and colorants-An unnecessary chemical used to give a product its color and can be a skin irritant. Commonly listed as the very last ingredient with the words FD&C

Apricot kernels, or seed/shell powders-naturally made particles found in facial scrubs can scratch and irritate the skin causing bacteria to spread

Alpha Lipoic Acid, L-Ascorbic Acid and Ascorbic Acid– Used in Vitamin C antioxidant formulas, the acidity can burn and irritate the skin. Read why you should avoid Vitamin C products that sting when applied to the skin. (Our Vitamin C & E Complex is a no-sting, non-irritating formula)

Read When is it okay for my skin care products to tingle?

*All of the above ingredients are NOT used in the Renée Rouleau skin care products.

Bottom line: Avoid using irritating products and your skin will be less irritated! Voila!

When is it okay for your products to tingle? While many skin care products WILL cause a tingling sensation, it’s important to know when it’s normal— and when it’s not.

Which skin care products are right for you? Choose your skin type.

Renée Rouleau

Celebrity Esthetician & Skincare Expert
As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”