We say it all the time, and it's true: we don't believe in problem skin, or even skin types. We believe in sensitized skin, reacting to ingredients and causing breakouts, dryness, redness, or whatever's ailing you. At Drunk Elephant, we believe that “sensitive skin” is often skin that has been *sensitized* by the Suspicious 6 (irritating essential oils, fragrance/dyes, silicones, chemical screens, SLS and drying alcohols), which can provoke an immediate reaction to otherwise beneficial ingredients like potent acids (i.e. glycolic or ascorbic acid), as well as digestive enzymes, such as pomegranate + pumpkin (which you’ll find in our serums. While you should ALWAYS listen to your skin first & foremost, if you're breaking out, getting itchy, turning bright red and/or getting rashes and bumps after using these products, consider screening your routine for the Suspicious 6 first.
Now, we are not saying our products are perfect—however, if your skin is reacting when it shouldn’t, look at what you were *already* using because that is what created the state your skin was in to begin with (and more often than not, what created the reaction too). We want you to get the maximum benefit DE has to offer, and the more you know, the greater chance you'll have of success.
The Suspicious 6
Essential oils are found in nature, and a key ingredient in many natural skincare products, but it’s our belief that they do more harm than good. Lots of essential oils are synthetic, which can cause skin to become sensitized. Not only that, but the composition of a lot of oils could be made of anything, and could contain less than 20% of the original oil. They can also react with certain medicines you may be taking. Which brings us to our next point…