Prevent Skin Irritation by Scaling Back Your Routine

Prevent Skin Irritation by Scaling Back Your Routine

Ever noticed yourself blushing, even when you’re not embarrassed?

Does a glass or two of wine at dinner, leave you looking flushed the next morning?

Or maybe an afternoon in the sun, leaves your face pink for days?

If you experience flushing and persistent redness, the best advice we can give you is to approach your skincare routine as if you were carrying out an elimination diet.

Why? Because your skin abides by the same principle as your body; after all, it is the largest organ.

So, don’t be tempted to approach your routine like a kid in a candy store. Otherwise, you may end up paying the price for over-indulgence.

What causes skin irritation?

Several factors can trigger skin irritation, including allergens, pollutants, UV, strong products, and harsh treatments; they compromise your skin’s protective barrier.

As the outermost layer of your skin, it functions to lock water in, and the bad guys like bacteria out; it’s your skin’s defence system.

Topical cortisones, are they friend or foe?

Topical cortisone is often recommended to treat skin sensitivity and irritation.

And it’s true, these cortisones will offer you immediate relief, but the repeated application of steroids can really thin out your skin, weakening the epidermis, your skin’s outer layer.

Several other conditions are associated with the long-term use of cortisone on the skin, which can be really damaging. You can read all about in my article, “Hydrocortisone cream is just a band-aid for the skin.”

How do I treat skin irritation?

If chronic inflammation is a problem, then give your skin a break.

Many people write to us because they are genuinely concerned about their skin sensitivity, yet when asked what they have been using, they reel off a long list of products.

Our advice is to strip back your use of products and keep it really simple. Less is best, and use products that are devoid of a lot of sensitising ingredients in a bid to rebuild your acid mantle and repair your skin’s barrier.

The new cellular turnover cycle of your skin takes around four to six weeks. Therefore we recommend scaling back your routine to bring your skin back into a healthy balance – in line with cellular renewal.

Then gradually, you can re-introduce your skincare products one at a time. This will help you to eliminate any potential skin irritants that may have caused the inflammation in the first place.

To bring your skin back to normal, you will need to cut back. First, take a look at your skincare routine:

  • have you tried something new recently?
  • is there a fragrance or essential oil in your products?
  • is there an ingredient that’s new-to-your skin?
  • are there any astringent products in your routine?

Follow these steps to return your skin from the brink:

Look for specifically-formulated products completely free from irritating ingredients such as fragrance, essential oils, glycols, and astringents. It would be best if you were super gentle on your skin to heal and repair naturally.

Look for ceramide-rich formulas like Bio Lipid Complex, which can be layered under barrier-repairing products such as Fortify Moisturiser to begin to return your skin to health.

7 thoughts on “Prevent Skin Irritation by Scaling Back Your Routine

  1. Mary b says:

    Samantha I really appreciate this resource its clear to me that you know your industry inside and out….I have very sensitive skin which flares up does this sound like rosacea to you?

  2. Ana says:

    Your site is a wealth of information, thank you! I’m struggling with face that continues to flare (they say it’she more eczema). The longer it continues, the more damaged my skin–red, itchy, scaley skin that can’t seem to retain any moisture whatsoever. Hope your products will be sold on amazon!!

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Ana I am so glad you are enjoying it. Eczema is really difficult to control because there are so many triggers. Ana I recommend watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHHsXeOyPto. I really like Dr Hengs holistic approach to eczema, you may found it interesting to watch. I really think that a back to basics approach is best for your skin, you need to become a label detective and avoid any irritating ingredients including fragrances, baring in mind that many extracts are also irritating! I do hope to be selling on Amazon in the future so please do check back.

  3. Darlene says:

    I recently found this site and am enjoying the very helpful information. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Can the mask you mention, Activate and Calm mask, be purchased online? I do see an aesthetician but I think some are unaware of the many products available. I currently use Dermaware and with the winter coming I am researching an oil (almond, avocado, ect) that I can add at night. Your site is helping me in my search for what might be right for me. Thank you!

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Darlene
      I will soon be releasing my products for sale, this includes the mask. I really recommend layering with a really dry skin because there are three main triggers going on which you can read about in my articles under skin code. Think about using more then one product when treating the skin in the winter months. Should you require more information please do drop me a line. Samantha

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