Does your skin burn every time you apply your favourite makeup? If yes, kindly DO NOT ignore this, because this is an indication that your skin tissue is damaged.
Most of the time, we believe that our skin is sensitive, and that’s why it feels irritable. Ultimately, the reason is something else. Before it’s too late, it’s good to know what causes skin burns in the first place. Here’s why your skin burns
Skin burns are basically nothing but tissue damage that results from heat, using the wrong cosmetic products, overexposure to the sun or other radiation, or chemical or electrical contact. It can range from simple rashes to full-blown allergic reactions.
Skin burns cause different skin reactions to beauty products. For instance, irritant contact dermatitis can happen, when something actually damages the skin. The other kind of reaction actually involves your immune system.
“It’s called allergic contact dermatitis and symptoms can include redness, swelling, itching, and hives. It makes the skin appear red and raw. Skin burns due to cosmetics can appear on any part of the body, although they happen most often on the face, lips, eyes, ears, and neck,” explains renowned dermatologist, Dr Ajay Rana.
Skin burns are generally caused as a consequence of overusing fragrances and preservatives. Even products that say they are “unscented” can have a fragrance that is used to cover up chemical scents.
These can cause allergic reactions. Using the wrong cosmetics products can exacerbate an existing skin condition, such as dryness or even oiliness. If your skin is normally dry and tight, using too many acid-based products could make the situation worse.
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If the skin’s acid mantle is stripped, it means you are using too many harsh products, like foaming cleansers. Cosmetic Products like peels and face washes often contain strong acids that can be harsh on the skin.
Some simple yet effective tricks to keep skin burns at bay
Stop using all skin-treating products like retinol, salicylic acid, or glycolic acid immediately. They can aggravate the skin burns further. Do not use any products meant to ‘fix’ or ‘treat’ any skin concern, and stick to the basics like cleansing, toning, and moisturising using gentle products.
Focus on restoring the skin’s lipid health. Skin burns due to the usage of cosmetics products can directly attack the skin’s moisture barrier, which can cause sensitivity and irritation when disturbed. So, try to use ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, and squalene to restore the skin’s moisture barrier, and restore its health.
Include skin-soothing ingredients, as part of your skincare routine. Burnt and irritated skin needs a dose of calming ingredients to soothe and reduce inflammation. Upgrade your skincare routine with products infused with ingredients like aloe vera centella asiatica, allantoin, bisabolol, and licorice root extracts.
Always apply sunscreen, as part of every skincare routine. It is especially essential, if you suffer from skin burns, due to the use of wrong cosmetics. Since the skin is overly sensitive to sun exposure (while healing), a broad-spectrum sunscreen will keep the skin protected from UV damage.
Planning a cosmetic shopping spree? Keep these points in mind
“Cosmetic products can help to enhance and uplift the overall look in a short time. Buy the right cosmetics, according to your skin type. First, you need to identify if you have dry, oily, or sensitive skin. It is essential because the market is full of different cosmetics that suit different skin types,” recommends Dr Rana.
Before buying cosmetics, keep in mind the skin type, concerns, and other factors. It is a good idea to check the ingredients section of a product before purchasing. Remember your natural skin plays a great role in deciding the results.
Before purchasing a cosmetic, you should know what your skin type is on different parts of the face. For instance, your lips and eyes do not have the same skin type. So, it’s essential to understand that even if a particular brand’s foundation is good for your skin type, the lipstick from the same brand might not be good for you.
“While choosing a brand, avoid those products that dry out the skin or lead to acne issues. It will be beneficial to try out different products to see which one sits well on your skin,” says Dr Rana.
Always do a patch test to see if any of the products causes irritation or allergies. When you apply a specific cosmetic on the skin, it will react immediately and cause irritation.
If you have sensitive skin, you must opt for those beauty products that come with a specific label, stating they are safe for a certain skin type. Look for products that have non-allergic ingredients. It will be beneficial not only for those who have sensitive skin, but also for the other types.