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the best face serums for sensitive skin and breakouts

The Best Face Serums for Sensitive Skin, Breakouts, Dermalogica India

Not only can face serums add an extra dose of hydration to your skin when added to your daily skin care regime, but they also have other benefits such as targeting and treating specific skin concerns. Serums can soothe irritated or sensitised skin, clear acne, help reduce blemishes and also aid in preventing further breakouts. Before you start using a face serum, it’s important to find one that suits your skin type.

What Is a Face Serum?

Essentially, a face serum is a lightweight topical skin product that contains active ingredients and penetrates deeper into your skin layer. These ingredients address specific skin concerns including dark spots, dullness, fine lines and wrinkles, hyper sensitivity and acne. Serums contain a high concentration of these active ingredients and hence give you better results, quicker. A face serum is best used after cleansing and toning, and before moisturising. 

How to Choose the Right Serum?

Each face serum comes with a different cocktail of ingredients to help improve your skin health. It’s important to understand your skin type, to identify your skin concerns and accordingly choose ingredients that are suitable.

Face Serum for Sensitive Skin or Breakouts


Sensitive skin that is prone to adult acne or breakouts need some special care and a customised skin care routine. Choosing a face serum that specifically targets these concerns can help in long-term skin health. Dermalogica recommends these face serums to add to your skin care routine stat.

AGE Bright Clearing Serum: This active two-in-one serum clears and helps prevent breakouts while reducing visible skin ageing. Salicylic Acid reduces breakouts to clear skin. This highly-concentrated serum exfoliates to help prevent breakouts and accelerates cell turnover to reduce signs of skin ageing. The AGE Bright™ Complex works with the skin’s natural microbiome for clearer, brighter skin. Phytoactives from Resurrection Plant, known for its ability to survive extreme dehydration, hydrate and smooth skin, while Niacinamide works together with White Shiitake Mushroom to promote brighter, more even skin tone. 

AGE Bright Spot Fader: This two-in-one spot treatment reduces the appearance of active breakouts and post-breakout blemishes. Salicylic Acid works to clear breakouts, while Niacinamide and Hexylresorcinol work synergistically to fade post-breakout marks, improving uneven skin tone. The AGE Bright™ Complex reduces visible skin ageing and helps prevent over-drying.

UltraCalming Serum Concentrate: This super-concentrated serum helps calm, restore and defend sensitised skin. The exclusive UltraCalming™ Complex contains Oat and botanicals to ease sensitisation, as peptides plus Oil of Evening Primrose, Sunflower Seed and Avocado extracts help defend against future assaults.

You can also check out our guides to the best serums for anti-ageing or for normal or dehydrated skin

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