Irritated Skin: Causes And The Best Treatments
Occasionally, the skin on our face can become red and irritated for a number of reasons. These can range from sensitivities to certain allergens to actual skin conditions, so it’s important to get to the root of the problem and treat it accordingly. After all, there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all solution’, so you need to figure out what’s going to work best for you and your particular ailment.
That’s why we’ve listed the most common causes of red, irritated skin and laid out the steps to take to solve the problem – before you know it, you’ll be back to looking your usual radiant self!
Dry patches on the face that turn red and raw, due to reasons such as skin sensitivities to certain ingredients (especially retinoids), windburn, and sunburn.
First of all, if red, raw, dry patches have appeared on your skin as a result of sensitivity to certain ingredients, stop using those products immediately! Retinoids, which are usually found in anti-aging products, are common irritants, so check if any of your beauty products contain them and, if so, stop using them until your skin improves – then, start introducing them back into your skin care regime gradually.
Next – and for everything else – you should apply a good moisturizer to the affected area. Ideally, it should contain antioxidants such as licorice extract and ceramides to really help soothe and relieve the rawness. The real “wonder product” here, though, is 1% hydrocortisone cream – just gently apply a pea-sized amount to the affected area twice a day for no more than a week. This "chases away inflammatory cells and constricts blood vessels to get the red out," according to New York City dermatologist David Bank.
Flaky, almost scaly-looking skin (often concentrated around the nose, eyebrows, and/or ears) as a result of seborrheic dermatitis.
According to Heidi Waldorf, Director of Laser and CosmeticDermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, seborrheic dermatitis “means your skin cells are turning over too quickly, getting sticky, and not shedding as they should." Luckily, however, there’s a relatively simple solution to this unsightly problem: wash the affected area once a day with a mild (no more than 0.5%) salicylic acid cleanser, then apply a gentle moisturizer afterward. This will help to loosen the flakes and prevent new ones from forming. If the issue is particularly bad, however, and this doesn’t work, you may need to find a stronger cream to apply also – a fungus-fighting cream such as Lotrimin should probably do the trick, although you may have to apply it a couple of times a day for more severe dermatitis. If this still doesn’t solve the problem, contact a dermatologist.
Rashes or itchy pink patches as a result of contact dermatitis, which is effectively an allergy to something that you’ve come into contact with. Certain ingredients in perfumes and metallic makeup are common allergens – as are parabens and even the nickel found in a lot of costume jewelry.
The best thing to do before applying any specific product is to hold a cold milk compress on the affected area for approximately 10 minutes – this is because milk contains anti-inflammatory molecules that will help to soothe the skin, according to dermatologist Amy Wechsler. For some people, this may actually be all that’s needed to solve the problem.
If, however, you need to take further action, just gently dab a small amount of 1% hydrocortisoneointment on the area twice a day – Joshua Zeichner, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City recommends this instead ofa cream, as ointments are generally less irritating as they usually contain no preservatives. If your skin is broken, you’ll also need to treat it with an antibiotic ointment twice a day to ensure it does not become infected. Lastly, dermatologist Jeannette Graf states that Benadryl helps to relieve itching and swelling.
Luckily, red, irritated skin can often be treated fairly easily– and without having to use a multitude of strong, expensive products. However, if they continue to persist despite trying the remedies outlined in this article, it’s important to contact and see a dermatologist, as they’ll be able to investigate further into the underlying cause and, therefore, suggest alternative, stronger treatments that aren’t necessarily available over the counter.
Hopefully, with this advice, you’ll be able to adopt the correct stance when it comes to your red, irritated skin and get back to your usual radiant self in no time!
Curology vs The Ordinary! Which is better?!
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A Year in review!
This year has definitely been a wild ride. I’ve learned so much more about my hair and skin in this last year than I ever thought I would or needed to know! All the way from using witch hazel and not paying attention to my curl pattern, to staying completely fragrance free with face products and staying away from harsh toners and paying attention to what my hair was trying to do! Using this app has really opened doors for me that I wouldn’t thought possible for my beauty process! I can’t wait to see what more years bring me, and us! Thank you @cherie!
Let’s learn a no heat style! ￼Start by gathering your hair to one side ￼Begin a rope braid in the front by twisting two pieces. Add hair to each section and twist again. Continue this pattern until you reach your ear. ￼Split the remaining hair into two. While holding the section pop index finger and thumb through. Grab through the other section and repeat! Secure with an elastic. Xo
🧡Creator Roundup 🏷 Beauty Year-in-review
Check out these creators’ profiles to see their beauty journeys in 2020! Creator: @Ren14 “What Stayed🍾Cooluli - Classic 4 Liter Small Mini Fridge Cooluli Skincare Fridge: I adore my little fridge! It feels so good to have chilled serums, especially in the morning! I love it so much that I’m thinking I’m going to get a bigger one so I can add more products in! Truly a must have for a skincare lover! Also, the fridge can warm up products too!” Creator:@LindseyRR “2020 is the year I think we all will remember forever. Everything in our lives changed and things have been incredibly difficult. The entire world had a health crisis, so many of our loved ones are no longer here. I myself am taking a journey with a health crisis of my own but as hard as 2020 has been, it has also been INCREDIBLE.” Creator: @briordan2000 “This year has definitely been a wild ride. I’ve learned so much more about my hair and skin in this last year than I ever thought I would or needed to know!“
GRWM! New products and some old!
Hello everyone! I did another GRWM using some new and old products! First I started off with a primer. I used e.l.f. - Poreless Putty Primer I was actually really surprised by this. It reminded me of Tachas silk canvas primer. It went on smoothly and did a good job of blurring my skin. I will say though after I looked at my makeup in the mirror up close it did settle a bit into my pores and my creases and was pretty noticeable. Overall I think this is a good product and will work for people with smoother skin. e.l.f. - 16HR Camo Concealer Then I used the elf concealer. I love this concealer. I’ve used it so many other times in my other videos. WINKY LUX - Diamond Powder Foundation Then I used the winky lux foundation. This actually went on so nicely and was super natural looking. I love how it’s so weightless and decreases shine. I would recommend this for people with oilier skin. the CRÈME shop - "Macro Brow" Angled Brow Pencil + Spooley Then i used macro brow. This is just to fill in the last bits of my eyebrow to look fuller. It’s easy to use and has a great price point. I just wish the pigment was a little easier to apply. You have to push so hard. RITUEL DE FILLE - Rare Light Crème Luminizer My favorite brand of highlighters ever. Just so pretty and pigmented. All natural and cruelty free. An amazing brand overall. 💞 fresh - Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 I used a tinted fresh lip treatment. Love the way they hydrate and the subtle color it gives off. They also smell and taste really good 😂. Hope you enjoyed getting ready with me! Let me know if you have any questions about the products I used.
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