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A Guide to Using TCM Skincare for Sensitive Skin

Jun 25, 2024

How does TCM view sensitive skin?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) sees the skin as an external organ and a reflection of your physical and psychological health. It is seen as the largest organ, and as TCM views the body as an interconnected system, imbalances in other organs may result in skin conditions. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that the entire body's constitution needs to be considered when addressing sensitive skin.

Here are the common causes of sensitive skin in TCM:


Deficiencies in the lung

In TCM, a theory states the lung is connected to the skin and hair. This means that when our skin begins to show signs of sensitivity, dryness, or other issues, it may indicate an imbalance or deficiency in the lung system.


Excessive internal heat

Excessive internal heat in the body can lead to various skin issues such as redness, irritation, and dryness. This is usually attributed to an excess in Yang energy but also can be brought on by other factors such as poor diet and stress. When the body’s flow of Qi becomes stagnated and this has not been addressed, it can also lead to the accumulation of internal heat.


Environmental factors

External factors such as wind, heat, cold, and dampness are also considered in TCM to affect the skin's health. These elements can disrupt the body's Qi and blood circulation, leading to skin issues. For example, excessive exposure to wind can cause dryness and sensitivity, while too much dampness can lead to moisture-related skin problems.


How do I know if I have sensitive skin?


Beauty products may cause a stinging or burning sensation

Trying out beauty products may be a common act for some, but for those with sensitive skin, it might lead to discomfort. This may be caused by a reaction to the chemicals that are present in the products. Another reason might be due to having a thinner skin barrier, which is common for those with sensitive skin.


Your skin constantly feels itchy

Those with sensitive skin are more prone to itching. The constant urge to scratch or rub the skin can lead to further irritation and discomfort. You might even want to constantly wash your face in hopes of reducing the sensation. However, excessive washing can strip the skin of its natural oils and worsen sensitivity.


You experience frequent breakouts

Sensitive skin is easily triggered by perfume, fragrances, and even laundry detergent. This may lead to frequent breakouts that may take the form of pimples, redness, or irritation. It is important to avoid using oily lotions and select non-comedogenic products, along with being formulated for sensitive skin.

Your skin is sensitive to UV rays

If you are hesitant to step into the sun as your skin quickly becomes red and irritated after sun exposure, it may indicate sensitivity to UV rays. However, when it comes to sunblock, you have to keep an eye out for those that contain natural ingredients that are carefully selected to complement sensitive skin.

What is TCM skincare?


TCM skincare refers to skin care products that promote balance within the skin. This usually comes in the form of natural ingredients such as herbs and plants that are believed to be beneficial towards sensitive skin. They are chosen for their ability to nourish, hydrate, and protect the skin, preventing skin issues and promoting overall skin health.


The herbs and plants you may find in TCM skincare may include:


Ginseng (人参)

Ginseng is known for its anti-ageing properties, slowing the loss of collagen, stimulating new collagen production and improving skin elasticity. It is also a source of B Vitamins, leading to better circulation as well as balancing the hydration and moisture levels in the skin.


Dang Gui (当归)

Also known as Angelica Sinensis, Dang Gui stimulates new cell growth, improves blood circulation and nourishes the skin. This herb is also known to promote brighter skin, contributing to a more youthful as well as radiant complexion.


Fu Ling (茯苓)

Fu Ling, or Poria Cocos, is believed to have the ability to soothe irritated and red skin, making it suitable for sensitive skin. It is also known for its moisturising properties, contributing to the replenishment of hyaluronic acid for a more supple complexion.


Bai Shao (白芍)

Better known as White Peony, Bai Shao is said to contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can aid in soothing reactive skin. It is also able to protect your skin from environmental damage through the neutralisation of free radicals.


What are the benefits of TCM skincare for sensitive skin?


Natural formulations

TCM skincare often contains natural ingredients made from plants and herbs that are known to complement those with sensitive skin. They are also free of harmful chemicals and synthetic additives such as parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. This makes them less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions to those with sensitive skin.


Hydration and moisture retention

Sensitive skin may sometimes have signs that are similar to dry skin. Therefore, it is common to find TCM skincare that contains herbs like Fu Ling that focus on hydration and moisture retention. In addition, TCM skincare products may also include other hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin. When combined, they work to provide hydration for sensitive skin.


Anti-inflammatory and soothing properties

Redness and irritation are common complaints for those who have sensitive skin. It is not only an aesthetic concern but also a discomfort that can affect your quality of life. TCM skincare often includes ingredients like Bai Shao as it not only helps to soothe the skin but also helps reduce inflammation. This can provide relief for sensitive skin and lead to a healthier-looking condition.


Suitable for all skin types

TCM skincare is often suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. The gentle and natural formulation of these products makes them less likely to irritate. Whether you have oily, dry, combination, or sensitive skin, TCM skincare can help in providing nourishment and balance.

What are the TCM skincare that we provide?


At Serene Skinlab, we provide a range of TCM skincare that is specially designed for those with sensitive skin. They contain natural ingredients with no harmful additives along with being formulated by TCM physicians and pharmacists.


If you don’t know where to start when it comes to TCM skincare, below are some of our customer’s favourites:


Calming Repair Cream

The calming repair cream is designed to hydrate, calm, and repair sensitive skin especially those prone to eczema or dermatitis. It nourishes and repairs the skin from within and rebuilds the skin barrier for a stronger healthier skin. It can be applied to the affected area as often as required, particularly after showering, shaving, or after exposure to harsh conditions. It is suitable for all skin types, including eczema-prone skin, and can be applied to children from 2 years old.



Renew Cleanser

Our renew cleanser is extra gentle and can be used daily, morning and night. It helps with rejuvenating dull and dehydrated skin and helps to calm irritated and sensitive skin. The instruction for usage is simple, as you just have to massage a small amount onto damp skin in a circular motion and rinse off with warm water.



Our sunblock is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and oily or acne-prone skin. It comes in two variations: a 50ml upsized version or a 30ml travel-friendly size. We recommend applying it to the skin as the last step before makeup and re-apply as necessary for ample protection against UV rays.


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