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Dear Sugar
I have extremely sensitive skin and have recently started to break out on my arms and on my back. Do you have any advice as to what products I should use and which products I should avoid to prevent further break outs? Pimpled Paula

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Dear Pimpled Paula
I am so sorry to hear about your sensitive skin. As a rule of thumb, a sensitive skin type should stay away from Sodium Laurel Sulfate, a harsh preservative that creates foam in certain products that can make your skin dry and itchy.

Sometimes the foam will make you feel clean, but you are actually drying out your skin and stripping away the good oils your skin creates. Heavily scented lotions and creams, or ones that contain perfume are big no-no's as well.

Cetaphil is a great over the counter mild cleanser that most dermatologists recommend for the face. Another great natural and gentle skin cleanser is Arcona Kiwi Cream Bar that suds up naturally and is very soothing.

As far as the body goes, the same rules apply, aim for natural products with little to no synthetic preservatives and fillers. Dr Hauschka Body Wash Floral is a great moisturizing body wash that has a creamy lather enriched with essential oils of rose, lilac and jasmine.

Dove Soap is also a great gentle body soap that is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Although this is a soap, Dove contains 1/4 moisturizing lotion and will not clog your pours. I hope these suggestions help. Good luck to you.

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