SOS irritated burning skin with just 3 products, and one product might surprise you

Posted by tracy tse on

For rapidly calming and soothing burning, irritated sensitive skin, here are 3 recommended products you can use:

  1. Rapid Calming Gel A calming gel containing ingredients like centella asiatica, aloe vera, or green tea can help provide instant relief and reduce inflammation/redness.
  2. Orchid Q10 Face Cream An antioxidant-rich face cream with coenzyme Q10, and ceramides helps nourish and strengthen the skin's barrier while providing anti-inflammatory benefits.
  3. Diaper Rash Cream as an emergency spot treatment Using a thick diaper rash cream containing zinc oxide can be an excellent way to create a protective skin barrier over particularly inflamed areas. The zinc oxide forms a paste-like coating that shields raw, irritated skin and allows it to heal. 

Further explain why Diaper Rash Cream is our surprise product for repairing skin barrier. 

Dermatologists may suggest using diaper rash cream as an emergency treatment for irritated skin or skin conditions that have compromised the skin barrier for a few reasons:

  1. Ingredient composition: Many diaper rash creams contain ingredients that are beneficial for repairing and soothing damaged skin. These include:
  • Zinc oxide - Has a drying, soothing effect and helps protect irritated skin.
  • Petrolatum/Petroleum jelly - An occlusive that seals in moisture and protects skin.
  • Dimethicone - Provides a protective barrier while allowing skin to breathe.
  1. Skin protectant properties: Diaper rash creams act as a paste-like barrier that protects raw, inflamed skin from further irritation from friction, moisture, etc. This protective layer allows skin to heal.
  2. Anti-inflammatory effects: Some diaper creams contain ingredients like aloe vera or calendula that have anti-inflammatory properties to calm inflamed, irritated skin.
  3. Easy availability: Diaper rash creams are inexpensive and readily available over-the-counter, making them a convenient short-term option before seeking medical treatment.
  4. Short-term use only: They are recommended for short use periods as an emergency sealant until the underlying condition can be properly treated. Prolonged use may not fully address chronic skin issues.

So in cases of raw, oozing irritated skin like eczema flares, radiation burns, or severely chafed skin, a thick diaper cream can provide temporary relief and protection until the patient can get appropriate medical treatment. But it's not a permanent solution for chronic skin barrier problems.

When your skin is burning and highly irritated, stop washing your face with any product and only use lukewarm water to cleanse. Replenishing moisture and calming the skin is more important than cleansing during a flare-up.

Follow this simple routine:

Rinse with lukewarm water only, avoiding any harsh rubbing. Apply the rapid calming gel all over. Follow with the Q10 face cream and reapply it as often as needed to seal in moisture and allow your skin to heal. Use the diaper rash cream just as a spot treatment on any very raw, oozing, or crusty areas to create a protective barrier.

Reapplying the ceramide rich Orchid Q10 Face Cream frequently is key - it will continuously replenish the skin's protective barrier and provide antioxidants to calm inflammation.

Avoid any potentially irritating actives, exfoliants, harsh cleansers or heavy occlusive creams until the irritation resolves. Stick to this pared-down, moisture-focused routine to allow your skin's barrier to heal.

Once your skin feels soothed and the redness/burning has subsided, you can slowly reintroduce your regular products one-by-one. Let me know if you have any other questions! Being gentle and prioritizing intense hydration is crucial when dealing with angry, inflamed skin.

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