How to soothe inflamed or irritated skin
First, it’s important to remember that there are a lot of ingredients that your skincare products may contain that could potentially harm your skin further and exacerbate your skin’s condition. Products like salicylic acid, alpha or beta hydroxy acids and benzoyl peroxide are all ingredients that can help with acne breakouts, yet harmful to inflamed or irritated skin. Excessive exfoliation may also be the cause of irritated skin as well.
When it comes to irritated and inflamed skin, look for products with aloe in the ingredients. Aloe has soothing properties and cools the skin, reducing skin inflammation and also proven to improve eczema. Aloe has uses for sunburned skin as well, rich with vitamins A,B,C,D, and E as well as minerals like zinc, magnesium, and potassium.
Jojoba and olive oils have also been said to be a great help in soothing irritated skin as jojoba oil for instance, has anti-inflammatory properties. There are vitamin E and b complexes in Jojoba oils which also aid the skin in damage control and the skin’s repair and has also been known to ease symptoms of rosacea. Jojoba oils also acts as a preservative, and prevents the growth of bacteria on the skin with its antimicrobial properties.
Olive oil has antioxidant properties while moisturizing the skin it prevents bacteria. It is recommended to use only a small amount of olive oil on infants’ skin, as in some cases its been warned that olive oil can sometimes worsen the skin’s condition. Olive oil is heavy and not easily absorbed into the skin. If using olive oil, wipe off the excess process in order to prevent the skin’s pores from clogging.
Soy is another great ingredient that that helps replenish the skin and restore its moisture barrier. Soy is a natural antioxidant, it can improve the look of skin with an uneven tone and texture, making the skin look more bright and radiant, fighting hyperpignmentation. Soy decreases redness of the skin as delivering a soothing sensation to calm irritated inflamed skin. Soy has also been known to improve skin with sun damage. If you are pregnant it has been said to avoid the use of soy in skincare.