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Skincare Shopping 101 for Sensitive Skin

Shopping for personal care products for those with sensitive skin can almost feel like you’re trying to avoid a breakout land mine. Trial and error may be the go to approach for most people, but for those with sensitive skin, trying out a new product can lead to cataclysmic results. How do we pick the right product that won’t cause a disastrous reaction to our skin?

What causes sensitive skin to be "sensitive"?

The two main culprits for causing rosacea are allergens and irritants. So what exactly are these ingredient types and what’s so bad about them?

Allergens are substances that trigger a response from our body’s immune system. Our immune system first identifies a substance that’s typically not harmful to the body as foreign. It then reacts by producing antibodies that will act on different areas of the body to produce an allergic reaction.

Some common allergens include fragrances, ppd, and some preservatives. While most people are unaffected by skincare products with allergens, us ladies (or gentlemen) with sensitive skin may be more prone to an allergic reaction if a product does contain many allergens. 

Some common allergens include fragrances, ppd, and some preservatives. While most people are unaffected by skincare products with allergens, us ladies (or gentlemen) with sensitive skin may be more prone to an allergic reaction if a product does contain many allergens. 

Irritants are substances that can cause a reaction through overexposure over time. While low concentrations might not affect the general public, it could cause redness or irritation on our skin. Because manufacturers do not need to disclose concentration data to consumers, it makes it all the more difficult to know if you should stay away from a product based on its formulation.

The Solution

The world of skincare may seem vast and overwhelming. There are hundreds and thousands of products on the market (with lax oversight from the FDA) and there are even more targeted ads, product placement, and sponsored content to parse through. How do you know whether a product contains irritants or allergens? How do you know if the product reviews you see online are unbiased non-sponsored content?

The Midori Shopping Assistant extension automatically scans the ingredient list of your personal care products to discover whether it contains potentially harmful substances. Once it has scanned the ingredient list, it will calculate an unbiased score (the MidoriScore) based on the number of allergens, irritants, hormone disruptors, carcinogens, etc found in a product. It will also identify and present any alternatives that do not contain the ingredients you are trying to avoid!

Illustrations by Teodora Ghinea

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Gab
April 6, 2021
Good to know! Great content!
Warren
April 3, 2021
That's cool, do you have other filters coming out?
itsSavanna
April 3, 2021
What's the difference between allergens and irritants
it's me
April 3, 2021
Great article! love it