Acne Prone Skin Care : How to Soothe Red Skin
How to Calm Irritated Skin
Skin irritation affects almost everyone at some point in their life, whether it is a daily condition, like eczema, or a temporary pain, like bug bites and sunburn. Redness, swelling and bumpiness are some effects of skin inflammation. There are several things you can do to calm irritated skin immediately and to keep it from happening again.
Cover the area with steeped green tea bags.Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness and puffiness. Steep 4-6 bags in boiling water for 5 minutes, press out excess water, and place on your skin for up to 10 minutes.
- Be careful when handling steeped tea bags, as they will be hot. Let them cool for a minute before pressing or applying.
- For larger areas of irritation, soak a washcloth in the tea and use this on your skin, instead.
- You can also use chamomile tea instead. Try steeping a bag in one cup of hot water until cool, then use a cotton ball to apply the tea as a toner.
Try an oatmeal mask.Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and anti-oxidant compounds. It soothes redness and any itching. Mix 2 Tbsp oatmeal, grinded into a powder, with 2 Tbsp hot water and ½ Tbsp honey. Let sit for 5 minutes, then massage into skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, and rinse with warm water.
- Grind oatmeal in a coffee grinder or food processor for best results.
- Oatmeal also helps moisturize and reduces the size of pores.
Apply a cold milk compress.Milk has anti-inflammatory molecules that will calm red, irritated skin. Soak a washcloth in cold milk and place on skin for 10 minutes.
- If you don’t have milk on hand, a cold compress with water or ice will reduce the temperature of your skin and lessen redness.
- Yogurt can also be applied as a face mask for 10 minutes. Make sure to use regular yogurt, with no added sugar or flavors.
Soothing Itchy Skin
Try hydrocortisone cream.This over-the-counter medication may relieve itching. It is, however, a topical steroid, so you should not use it on your face, or on skin folds such as your groin, axilla, or pendulous breasts. To use it, apply it in a thin film over the affected area up to 4 times a day for 5-7 days.
Take an over-the-counter antihistamine.To help control itching, you can try taking an oral OTC antihistamine, like Benadryl, Claritin, or Zyrtec. Consult your pharmacist if you have any questions about how much you should take.
- Don't take a topical antihistamine, such as Caladryl. This may worsen your skin reaction.
Take an oatmeal bath.Buy an oatmeal bath, like the one sold by Aveeno. Put the oatmeal treatment into your bathtub to help soothe your skin and relieve itching. However, this is only a temporary soothing solution.
- You can also add 2 cups of oatmeal to warm bath water and soak to calm large areas of red, irritated skin. When the water cools, rinse off the oatmeal and gently pat your skin dry.
- This is especially good for chicken pox, poison ivy, and eczema.
Apply calamine lotion.After you soak your skin, you can use calamine lotion to prevent itching and soothe your skin. Make sure that calamine lotion does not interact with any other medication you're taking.
Use a hospital strength itch reliever.Over-the-counter itch relievers, such as Dermoplast, are designed to spray in hard-to-reach places and relieve itch. Many products like this also have moisturizer in them.
Use a clay mask.Bentonite, or green clay, helps relieve itching from bug bites or stings by removing toxins from skin. It is also great for treating acne.Mix clay with enough filtered water to make a paste and apply directly to skin. Let it dry and wash or peel it off.
- You can also apply a layer of paste to a cloth or clean cotton bandage, lay over skin and secure, and wear for 4 hours.
- Look for clay that is untreated.
Rub apple cider vinegar onto your skin.Dip a cotton ball into the vinegar and dab onto the itchy area. Apple cider vinegar is an anti-septic and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
- Raw, unfiltered vinegar is the best and most gentle type. Buy organic if possible.
- Apple cider vinegar can help pets with itchy skin too. Just add a couple cups to their bath water.
Grow herbs that fight itching, like peppermint, basil and plantain.These leaves can be crushed and applied directly to skin to reduce itching. All are great remedies for bug bites.
- Peppermint also has a cooling sensation that soothes skin. Freeze crushed peppermint in ice cube trays for double cooling.
- Chew plantain leaves and apply to directly to bites, stings, or poison ivy. Steep leaves in hot water to make a spray for relieving pain and itching from sunburn. Just make sure to let it cool first.
- Rubbing leaves onto your skin also helps satisfies the urge to scratch, and is much better for your skin.
Apply aloe vera gel to burned skin.You can easily grow your own aloe vera plants and use them instead of buying gels from the store that may have added ingredients. Just break a leaf and squeeze out the gel.
- You can get more gel from the leaf by filleting the leaf and scooping out gel with a spoon.
Caring for Sensitive Skin
Stop using harsh skin care products.Often, redness and irritation is the result of over-exfoliating or using abrasive or harsh acne reducing products. Stop using anything new you have put on your skin for at least 4 days, and consider switching to a gentler cleaning product.
- Acne medicines using retinoids are particularly irritating.
- After 4 days, try using the product sparingly to see if irritation still occurs. If so, throw it away.
- Do not introduce more than one product at a time to your skin, so you know which one is “too much.”
Wash daily with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water.A good cleanser should wash off all dirt and makeup, but not your skin’s natural oils. If your skin feels tight or squeaky after washing, the product is too harsh.Cetaphil and Eucerin are good products for sensitive skin.
- Hot or cold water can damage capillaries and cause redness. Hot water also dries your skin out quickly, causing redness.
- Look for a cleanser made for your skin type, whether it tends to be oily or dry. Foaming cleansers are generally bad for dry skin.
- Avoid cleansers with harsh ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate, menthol or alcohol.
- Avoid products with fragrances and dyes. Also avoid medicated acne cleansers, since they usually strip away good oils.
- You may need to use different products for different seasons, depending on how dry the air is and how you skin conditions adjust accordingly.
Moisturize your skin at least once a day.Choose a moisturizer with glycerin as the first ingredient since it is very efficient at holding in moisture,or just use plain petroleum jelly.Use it every time you shower, after drying off.
- Beware of typical hand sanitizers, which contain alcohol and dry out your skin. Look for one specifically made for hydrating dry skin too.
Switch to a laundry detergent without fragrances or harsh chemicals.If you are experiencing widespread irritation, it may be how you wash your clothes. Try a different detergent made for sensitive skin or that has mostly natural ingredients.
Buy a humidifier for your bedroom.If the air is dry, particularly in winter months, using a humidifier can help prevent your skin from drying out while you sleep.Moisture in the air also helps to reduce inflammation.
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet.Fill your plate with anti-inflammatory foods, such as leafy greens, salmon, avocado, and walnuts. Take anti-inflammatory supplements, such as probiotics, spirulina, vitamin C, and fish oil. These nutrients will help you reduce inflammation in your skin.
- If you get an insect sting, immediately remove the stinger either by scraping it out or using tweezers. Wash out the sting with antibacterial soap and water. Apply ice packs and take oral antihistamines. Continue to use ice packs, and elevate the area for the next 8-12 hours.
- Be aware if you have Extreme Itching (also known as Hell Itch), where you get extremely uncomfortable itching (which is not relieved by scratching) a few hours after sun exposure. This affects 5-10% of the population. Many believe that a hot shower will help this itch, but, if you have it, you should see a doctor.
- Try not to scratch it. Doing so can make it even more irritated.
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