Almost everyone experiences skin irritation at some point in their lives, whether it be a chronic illness like eczema or a brief discomfort like bug bites and sunburn. Skin inflammation can result in pimples, swelling, and redness. You will undoubtedly notice some changes in your skin as the temperature warms up. Some of us experience skin irritation more frequently than others, but there are various things you can do to soothe it right away and prevent it from happening again.
What Causes Skin Inflammation?
Skin inflammation can be caused by environmental factors such as sun exposure and windburn, or due to contact with irritating substances. Skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, and acne can cause skin inflammation as can infections, allergies, and autoimmune diseases.
Types of Skin Inflammatory Conditions.
The most common types of inflammatory skin conditions are acne, eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, contact dermatitis, and atopic dermatitis. Other forms of skin inflammatory conditions are chronic and acute inflammation.
Chronic inflammation is a type of inflammation that persists for long periods of time, typically lasting several months or more. It can result from an infection, an autoimmune disorder, or as a response to certain triggers such as toxins, radiation or traumatic injury. Chronic inflammation can lead to the development of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. It can also cause pain, fatigue and stiffness in the joints.
Acute inflammation is a rapid, localized, and protective response to tissue injury and is characterized by a four-stage cycle which includes vascular changes, cell influx, cell death and tissue remodeling. It typically lasts between 2 and 10 days, after which the acute stage is replaced by a sequel of resolution, repair and remodeling. During the acute stage of inflammation the body's immune system rushes to the site to repair and protect the injured area, beginning with the release of histamine and other chemical mediators which increase blood flow, vascular permeability, and white cell influx. These processes stimulate the skin healing process by provoking the release of special substances, such as growth factors, cytokines, and enzymes which help to remove damaged cells and stimulate the production of healthy new cells and collagen.
Soothing Sensitive Skin Naturally.
People with sensitive skin should use natural ingredients such as aloe vera, honey, oatmeal, avocado, and chamomile to soothe their skin. These ingredients can be used in handmade products to create a gentler formulation. Additionally, you should use gentle cleansers with natural oils to balance skin cells’ hydration and avoid irritants such as synthetic fragrance and harsh detergents.
How To Sooth, Treat Facial Irritation & Inflammation.
1. Remove Dirt and Oil Buildup With a Gentle Cleanser - Dirt, oil, and pollutants build up on your skin throughout the day. Regardless of your skin type, it's essential to thoroughly wash your skin twice a day to shield your skin from break outs. Choose a gentle face wash to cleanse your skin without over drying as this will prevent the loss of your skin's natural oils. We recommend, Black Tea Honey + Aloe Facial Cleanser, is a gentle hi-foaming facial cleanser deep cleans without drying your skin.
2. Add A Toner To Replenish Your Skin - There are several benefits to using toner, but those with sensitive, reactive skin benefit most from it. Any residue that is still there after cleaning can make irritation worse, which will lead to discomfort and itching. Any product buildup or leftovers can be removed with the use of a toner. It may also aid in reducing irritability signs such dryness or redness. We recommend Clearing Botanical Toner to neutralize and tone severe acne prone skin.
3. Soothe Redness- Redness and tight skin is one of the most typical signs of skin irritation and is frequently referred to as contact dermatitis. Using a facial serum or oil with plant based ingredients like squalane and olive oil can help calm skin. We recommend Citrus Neosannance Facial Oil, a lightweight blend of repairing oils that hydrate and heal skin.
4. Lock In Hydration - Moisturizing is important for preserving the appearance of healthy skin. Create a skin barrier to maintain moisture to reduce itching brought on by irritation. We recommend a moisturizer like our Marula + Vitamin C Creme to create a barrier between dry air and your skin.
5. Pamper Your Skin With A Weekly Mask - There is no better way to give your skin some TLC, than a weekly facial mask. Even while there is a mask for almost every possible skin problem, you should look for one designed especially for dry or sensitive skin. Our Lemon Peel Charcoal Mask will rinse off quickly to avoiding or reducing excessive rubbing on sensitive skin.
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