Is your skin irritated? How to help it heal

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Nov 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

red irritated skin on face and handsIrritated skin — it’s red, itchy, and generally uncomfortable. If your skin is irritated, it’s likely trying to tell you that it needs some extra care to get back to a healthy state.

Depending on your skin type and some medical conditions, skin can be more sensitive to irritants. Give your skin some extra respect and care by learning what bothers your skin and how to stay away from it. Even people who don’t have allergy-prone skin can do a few things to keep skin on the face and body looking healthy and radiant. Here are some tips to help people with any skin type:

  1. Look for fragrance. Fragrance-related sensitivity and allergies are common, and using skin care products with fragrance can cause redness and irritation in susceptible people. If your skin is irritated, or if you suffer from allergies or asthma, you may wish to use products that are labeled “fragrance-free.”
  2. Narrow it down. Are you using several products on your face, and can’t determine which one is bothering you? Or you have itchy eyelids, but don’t know if it’s the mascara or the eyeliner? You may wish to cut out all but one or two products for a few days to see if the reaction continues. This can help you pinpoint and avoid the offending product.
  3. Avoid harsh soaps and detergents. If your skin feels “squeaky clean” after you’ve washed it, the product you’re using may be too harsh for you. Some products strip too many natural oils and/or aren’t pH-balanced, leaving your skin dry and prone to irritation. Look for gentle, non-stripping cleansers to do the job without the discomfort. Even oily skin generally doesn’t need heavy-duty cleaning.
  4. Look at your laundry products. If you’re using fragranced detergent and fabric softener, it could cause your clothes to irritate your skin. If you’re prone to eczema, contact dermatitis, or perhaps a child in your house has atopic dermatitis, consider switching to fragrance-free laundry products meant for sensitive skin.
  5. Give your hands some attention. Dry, cracked skin on your hands can make you appear older — not to mention the cracks can allow germs to get into your body and can be painful. Hopefully, you’re washing your hands frequently — at least after using the restroom and before eating. So, your hands need some replenishment. Use a moisturizing hand cream throughout the day to keep hands smooth and supple.

If you’re seeing persistent skin irritation or have a skin problem that’s bothering you, be sure to talk with your physician. If you’d like to explore ways to combat signs of aging or other skin issues that are affecting your appearance, consider a visit to a skin rejuvenation center that specializes in procedures to help you look your best.

Ready to improve your appearance and give your skin a youthful glow? Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center offers a multitude of treatments to help you put your best face forward. Request a consultation to find out more about these and the many other treatments we offer.

Topics: Skincare, Skin rejuvenation, Beauty

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