Skin Protection: Avoid These Common Skin Irritants

Even if you have fantastic skin, chances are you’ve experienced inflammation or irritation at some point. We all experience it. Or maybe it’s a pretty common issue for you, and you regularly have to deal with dryness, red splotches, bumps, or burning. So what causes this junk? And what is the best skin protection?

There are several factors that may be the culprit behind your irritated skin. As skalecin experts, we at Pure Touch understand what effects regular life can have on the skin. Let’s take a look.

Not Getting Enough Water

Dryness of the skin can cause major irritation. Are you drinking enough water? Are you moisturizing, and if so, is your moisturizer strong enough?

If your skin is becoming irritated due to dryness, try drinking more water during the day, and consider using a more intense moisturizer or face oil. And if you’re currently using a cleanser or other product that foams, stop. Anything “foaming” contains alcohol, and this strips the skin.

Back Off On Exfoliation

Take it easy on that exfoliator! Overuse is one of the absolute most common culprits of dry, irritated skin—especially scrubs and clay masks. It’s true that these products mean well. They’re designed for skin protection, to remove dead skin and debris and leave your face all bright and glowing. And they often do, but when you do it too much, you’re inviting irritation. Try backing off a little (limit your exfoliator use to once a week) if your skin is suffering.

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Find Out If You Have Allergies

If your skin keeps having unexplained problems, like itchiness or red splotches, you may have a food allergy you’re unaware of. The next time your skin acts up, make a note of what you’ve eaten and had to drink during the day, and see if there’s a pattern. Foods that cause allergies can be nearly anything, but the most common are shellfish, nuts, wheat, soy, and eggs.

Certain fragrances can also cause skin problems due to a triggered allergy. This is also good to note if your skin starts to become irritated.

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Be Mindful Of Facial Creams

Besides exfoliators, face creams can also be very agitating to the skin. If your skin burns, stings, or stays red for an excessive amount of time after using wrinkle creams, cleansers, skin peels, or any type of face mask or skin protection cream, you should stop using them altogether and try to find something less irritating. Creams and products that regularly bother people’s skin include ascorbic acid, paraban preservatives, and alpha hydroxy acids, malic acid, and lactic acid.

Consider Switching Sunscreens

Although sunscreen is used as skin protection, some types of it can cause a serious rash or allergic reaction. The most common allergic reactions occur with sunscreens that contain PABA-based chemicals, so you should find a PABA-free alternative if you develop an allergy.

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Understand Your Bumps

Do you get rough little red bumps on your skin? If so, it may be keratosis pilaris, a common skin condition that resembles tiny pimples or gooseflesh. What the bumps are in reality is plugged-up dead skin cells. Keratosis pilaris isn’t dangerous, but it does bother many people who have it due to its appearance and feel. It’s treatable with certain topical creams or other medication, but dryness will certainly make it more pronounced.

At Pure Touch Skin Center, we value the health and well-being of our skin and the skin of our clients. Hopefully this article will help you take extra-good care of your own and pay attention to the best ways to achieve skin protection. If you’re interested in any of our skin treatments, please contact us for a free consultation.