Acne Treatments For Sensitive Skin

Thomas asks…

I have sensitive skin but the only kind of acne I get are cysts, How can I treat them?

I am a 14 year old girl who has pretty sensitive skin. I don’t break out very much, but when I do I get large and painful cysts that don’t come to a head at all. I never get whiteheads or blackheads. What would the best form of treatment for these cysts be? I don’t want to burn my face and I want to keep the price cheap.
Thanks in advance.

admin answers:

Get good sleep. Stress increases your skin’s oiliness, which, combined with sweat and dirt, can clog pores and cause pimples. (Change your pillowcase frequently.)

Acne medications may cause your skin to initially break out worse than before because all FDA-approved acne medications (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur) are causing your skin to regenerate faster. This brings existing acne pimples already under your skin (but not visible yet) to the surface, which in turn causes a massive but fortunately temporary break out. Give the medications time to work — about one to two weeks — and you will notice a big difference in the quality of your skin.

See a dermatologist if over the counter remedies does not work. They specialize in skin care and can prescribe you medicines that help you improve it.

Drink plenty of water. Staying well hydrated can help your condition improve, because the “waste management” control system in your body requires a lot of water to do its job. Without enough water, the body has difficulty removing some waste products efficiently.


Donna asks…

What is a good acne treatment?

I get few pimples occaisionally on my forehead and/ or chin. I use Clinique’s three step system day and night, and I have sensitive skin. I’m looking for a gentle acne treatment that will help the occaissonal outbreak. By the way, I’m allergic to benzyol peroxide.

admin answers:

There’s this thing called ScarZone Acne it treats acne and reduces scars and it’s for sensitive skin(:
You can search it up on Google. I used it once and it worked really good. Plus it’s 2%Salicylic Acid and it has Green Tea in it.

Carol asks…

What’s a good acne treatment for young teenagers with sensitive skin?

I’m 15, and my skin is young and sensitive to most skin products, but I also have mild acne. What do you think? Benzoyl peroxide irritates and makes my skin more red :(

admin answers:


Do not listen to what user “ali” is telling you. Dermalogica is a comsetic line that contain a horde of plant fragrant ingredient that are potentially irritating, especially for sensitive skin. Scrubs cannot help with redness. What is ali talking about? Abrading your skin can cause inflammation depending on how harsh you scrub. If you truly have sensitive skin, I highly advise you to NOT scrub. There are better ways.

The problem with your description is that I have no idea which benzoyl peroxide product you have tried. Perhaps the ones you tried contain fragrance or other irritants that are the culprit for inflammation and irritation and you end up blaming the benzoyl peroxide because the the product is marketed with benzoyl peroxide-related labels. Additionally, you could be using other products that can develop redness overtime such as harsh detergent cleansers or astringents for example. Therefore, you cannot be so sure which ingredient is the cause. Also, I have no idea if you are oily or dry with acne-prone/sensitive skin. If you are unsure, then take the skin type questionnaire developed by world-renown and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Leslie Baumann. You must register first before you can take the questionnaire; then, you can visit the specified forum that is tailored to your unique skin type. I have answered questions similar to yours elsewhere and got best answers. Check them out and consider my suggestions. I will just suggestion products that is strict on sensitive skin for you here. If you want routine information, visit my links below to other answers. There are no fragrance or coloring additives in the recommendations below. You can check the ingredients yourself.

Cleanser – Olay Foaming Face Wash, Sensitive (Oily/Combination) OR Eucerin Sensitive Skin Hydrating Cleanser (Dry).

Exfoliant – Paula’s Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Gel OR Liquid (Oily/Combination) OR Lotion (Dry). All three has 2% salicylic acid. If you are allergic to aspirin, try Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion (Dry) with 10% glycolic acid OR Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (8% glycolic acid). Acid can cause redness if you have never used it. Try ease up the application of chemical exfoliant if you have low tolerance for it at first. For example, Try to apply it every other night, or every third night, or once a week and gradually increase application frequency. Or, you can apply the chemical exfoliant for 5-10 minutes and rinse it off; do this for a week and increase leave-on application as you achieve higher tolerance for the acid.

Acne Medication – I will give your skin the benefit of the doubt that you are not sensitive to benzoyl peroxide and that you have used it incorrectly. Benzoyl peroxide is the gold-standard for acne. The gentlest version is 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. If you low tolerance for benzoyl peroxide, try the method I provided in the exfoliant section. If you truly have sensitive skin, you should stick with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. offers a very good and affordable 2.5% benzoyl peroxide treatment because you get more for your dollar. Plus, it has no fragrance in contrast to Proactiv Repairing Lotion. If you are really sensitive to benzoyl peroxide after all, your alternative for another over the counter is sulfur – try Clearasil Adult Acne Treatment Cream, Tinted with 8% sulfur and 2% resorcinol. This product can be strong strong so be careful. Patch test is safest thing to do for sensitive skin type. IF you are sensitive to even that, your best bet is a visit to a board-certified dermatologist for prescription or phototherapy or even isotretinoin.

Moisturizer – if you have dry patches, apply a well-formulated moisturizer there such as CeraVe Hydrating Lotion or Cream. Cream is thicker and is very good for very dry skin. Dry skin means you have an impaired barrier that leaves you vulnerable to dehydration, bacterial infection, and inflammation. A well-formulated contain ingredients that mimic skin barrier and draws water so you stay supple and soft and hydrated. A formidable barrier gives you a strong defense against dryness and irritation.

Sunscreen – I will not recommend synthetic sunscreen for you because I assume you have sensitive skin. Your alternative is physical sunscreen with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as its sole actives. These inert inorganic compounds have broad-spectrum sun protection and high safety profile with minimal to no risk of irritation potential. For oily skin, try Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Sunblock SPF 50; its liquid consistency absorbs well. For dry skin, try Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock SPF 30. The drawback with physical sunscreen is that it can leave a white cast on the face depending on your skin tone so you need to practice blending or apply makeup. However, understand that its benefits outweighs this drawback.

Best wishes

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