Got high- maintenance skin?
Be on the lookout for “fragrance” or “parfum” on labels. According
to the Environmental Working Group, these words are used to describe an undisclosed cocktail of potentially irritating ingredients.
Be mindful of laundry detergents, household cleaners, candles, soaps and hand sanitizers. If you wash
your towels or bedsheets in a detergent containing an irritating fragrance, your skin isn’t getting
much of a break. Avoid antibiotic ointments, unless prescribed by a dermatologist. “Bacitracin, an over-the-counter antibiotic, is a common allergen,”
says Landells. The Canadian Dermatology Association (dermatology.ca) offers the Skin Health Program, which helps Canadians find products that are less likely
to irritate sensitive skin.