What is Irritating My Skin? Common Skin Irritants and How to Avoid Them

Before We Go On

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Irritated Skin. Need we say more?

 

When we have sensitive skin - our skin seems to be in a constant state of irritation and inflammation, to top it all off - all of that creates more sensitive skin. There's no winning here. Besides being, understandably, upset about the state of our skin - we might wonder: "well, what is causing this?" Irritation and inflammation can be caused by internal or external factors. Common internal factors include hormonal imbalances, dehydration, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep. External factors include anything that results in harsh treatment to the skin. Common external factors include sun exposure, hot water, irritating ingredients, and excessive exfoliation to name a few. What happens? When the skin becomes irritated, the skin has trouble repairing itself causing weakened skin surface, enlarged pores, and increased oil production. 

How To Avoid Skin Irritation? 

Be gentle. Being gentle to your skin is the fool-proof method to healthier and happier skin. It seems too simple? Here's a list of things that you should avoid.
  • Abrasive or irritating exfoliates (this includes harsh scrubs, and high levels of a chemical exfoliate). 
  • High levels of alcohol and menthol in toners or other skincare products
  • Cold or Hot water 
  • High levels of Fragrances in Skincare products
  • Overexposure to Blue light and Sun 
  • Over cleansing 
  • Picking the skin 

Skincare for Irritated Skin

We put together a skincare routine that we use for irritated and damaged skin. 

 

Cleanse with the Amino Acid Gentle Bubble Cleanser

The Amino Acid Gentle Bubble Cleanser contains Ceramide 3, which has the ability to strengthen any weakened skin barrier while cleansing the skin. This cleanser is gentle and mild. It can effectively clean your pores. Leaving your skin feeling clean without stripping its' natural moisture. 

 

 

 

Tone your skin with the Dr.Althea Premium Intensive Essence Toner - it's gentle and hydrating. It'll effectively prep your skin for the moisturizing stage. 

Moisturize with the Resveratrol 345NA_Intensive Repair Cream 

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The Resveratrol 345NA_Intensive Repair Cream is perfect for compromised skin. It moisturizes with Ceramide 3, and repairs with Resveratrol. Leaving your skin feeling stronger and less likely to experience irritation. 

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