Tips for treating skin burns after using certain cosmetics

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Tips for treating skin burns after using certain cosmetics

Skin burns are tissue damage resulting from heat, the use of inappropriate cosmetics, overexposure to the sun or other radiation, or chemical or electrical contact. It can range from simple rashes to full-fledged allergic reactions. Skin burns cause different skin reactions to beauty products. Like irritant contact dermatitis which happens when something actually damages the skin. The other type of reaction actually involves your immune system. This is called allergic contact dermatitis and symptoms can include redness, swelling, itching and hives. It makes the skin red and raw. Skin burns from cosmetics can appear on any part of the body, although they most often occur on the face, lips, eyes, ears and neck.

Skin burns are usually caused by perfumes and preservatives. Even products that say they are “fragrance-free” may have fragrance used to cover up chemical odors. This can cause an allergic reaction. Using the wrong cosmetics can make an existing skin condition worse, such as dryness or even oily skin. If your skin is normally dry and tight, using too many acid-based products could make it worse. When the acid mantle of the skin is stripped, it can be caused by using too many harsh products, like foaming cleansers. Cosmetic products like peels and facial cleansers often contain strong acids that can be harsh on the skin.

Cosmetics can help improve and enhance the overall appearance in a short time. The most fundamental step to buying the right cosmetics according to the skin type is to understand the skin well. First, you need to identify if you have dry, oily, or sensitive skin. This is essential because the market is full of different cosmetic products that are suitable for different skin types.

Before buying cosmetics, keep skin type, concerns, and other factors in mind. It will benefit you to check the ingredients section of a product before buying it. Before buying any cosmetic product, remember that the natural skin plays a big role in deciding the result.

Before buying a cosmetic product, you should know that the skin of different parts of the face varies like the lips and the eyes which do not have the same type of skin. It is therefore essential to understand that even if the foundation of a particular brand is good for the skin type, the lipstick of the same brand may not be good for you.

When choosing a brand, avoid products that dry out the skin or lead to acne problems. It will be beneficial to try different products to see which one sits well on the skin. Always do a patch test to see if any of them cause irritation or allergies. When you apply a specific cosmetic to the skin, it immediately reacts and causes irritation, leading to allergies.

If you have sensitive skin, you should opt for beauty products that come with a specific label indicating that they are safe for this type of skin. Look for products that contain non-allergic ingredients. It will be beneficial not only for sensitive skin but also for others as it will avoid any allergy or reaction to makeup products.

There are many ways you can follow to treat skin burns due to the use of cosmetics:

● Immediately stop using all skin treatment products such as retinol, salicylic acid, or glycolic acid. They can further aggravate skin burns. Do not use any product intended to “fix” or “treat” any skin problem and stick to the basics like cleansing, toning and moisturizing using gentle products.

● Focus on restoring skin’s lipid health – Skin burns from using cosmetics can directly attack the skin’s moisture barrier, leading to sensitivity and irritation when it is disturbed. So, try enriching the skincare routine with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, and squalene to restore the skin’s moisture barrier and make it healthy again.

● Include skin-soothing ingredients in the skin care routine – Burned and irritated skin needs doses of soothing ingredients to soothe and reduce inflammation. Enhance the skincare routine with products infused with ingredients such as aloe vera centella asiatica, allantoin, bisabolol and licorice root extracts.

● Apply sunscreen – Always apply sunscreen after every skin care routine, it is especially essential after suffering from skin burns due to bad cosmetics. Since the skin is over-sensitized to sun exposure during healing, a broad-spectrum sunscreen will protect the skin from UV damage during healing.

Contributions from renowned dermatologist Dr. Nivedita Dadu

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