About Skin Care Products for Sensitive Skin

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People with sensitive skin can use skin care products in very small areas of the skin at first, or they can apply a full-strength product, leave it on for 15 minutes, and wash it off to prevent irritation. Find out how to treat sensitive skin with advice from a board-certified dermatologist in this free video on skin care.

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Hello, my name is Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, Board Certified Dermatologist, and author of "Six Weeks to Sensational Skin." In this clip, we're going to talk about sensitive skin. Now, if you're selecting products, and you're someone who has sensitive skin, there are a few very good guidelines, that I would like to give you. The first, is please remember that more is not better. Many times we feel an enthusiasm about a product, and we feel that we need to apply a lot of that product, but if you're starting a new product,a couple of great tips, would be first of all, consider using the product at first, just in a very small area. Typically, it's great to do it right in front of your ear, for the first couple of days. That way, if you have any sensitivity to it, you don't develop any kind of rash or break out all over your face, but you do it in kind of a more obscure area, so that's the first thing. The second thing is, that if you do have a product that you highly are enthusiastic about, or your doctor recommends it to you, and you find that that product gives you a slight stinging, when you put it on, then you can actually put on that product, and believe it or not, wash it off after about fifteen minutes. We dermatologists call that short contact therapy, and many times if you do that, you'll get many of the benefits of leaving the product on, but it's a way to manage your sensitive skin. This is Dr. Loretta Ciraldo.

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