3. You Used Too Many Products
Skincare is one situation where more isn’t automatically better. “Using more than one potentially irritating anti-aging product can make your skin sensitive,” says Zeichner. “Common offenders include salicylic and glycolic acid.” Before you add a new product to your lineup, make sure your skin is good with your regular routine. Then, proceed with caution, taking notice of whether any new products irritate your skin.
4. You Skipped the Post-Shower Moisturiser
Lotions and moisturisers can help prevent dry, irritated skin, and Zeichner says that the best time to apply them is after you step out of the shower. “Hot water can strip the skin of essential oil, making it sensitive to the environment,” he says. “Replace hydration and repair your skin barrier by applying a moisturiser with ceramides after showering.” It’s a point founder of First Aid Beauty Lilli Gordon agrees with. “The cornerstone of a healthy skin regimen is maintaining a healthy skin barrier. It’s really your first line of defence against irritants.” First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($58, sephora.com.au), can be used to treat dry, itchy scaly skin anywhere on the body, whatever the cause.
5. You're Using the Wrong Cleanser
Some soaps and cleansers contain an alkaline pH that can be harsh on your skin, stripping it of natural oils and leaving it feeling dry or irritated. Check your labels, and avoid products with ingredients that will disrupt the skin barrier, such as fragrances and preservatives. Try Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser ($31.95, avene.com.au)
6. You Have an Untreated Skin Condition
Feel like you’ve tried everything and your red, sensitive skin still isn’t calling it quits? Zeichner recommends a visit to your dermatologist to see if an undiagnosed skin condition like rosacea might be the cause.
“Rosacea is a condition characterized by facial flushing and redness, burning and stinging, and bumps and pus pimples,” he says. “Genetically, the skin is more sensitive to the environment and overreacts to triggers like spicy food and changes in temperature. If you think you have rosacea, visit your dermatologist to discuss treatment options.”
This article was originally published by Women's Health.