Skin inflammation has happened to all of us – random irritation or itching on the face, redness or swelling upon waking, or a hot burning sensation – after a night of cocktails and canapes, or a long day in the sun, or sometimes , for no particular reason.
Inflammation is the result of our deregulated immune system and sets in once the skin returns to its normal state. This is how the immune system reacts to external or internal skin damage, which can be caused by a number of factors such as ultraviolet rays from the sun, allergies, infections, conditions such as rosacea, eczema , psoriasis, etc. But as it progresses from acute to chronic (longer term), inflammation can have more severe effects, degrading skin health and damaging the barrier. It can also lead to dryness, increased sensitivity, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts. It’s important to pay attention to what’s causing it and treat it properly.
Gently treating irritated, inflamed or sensitive skin so it doesn’t overheat is key, “It’s important to take a gentle approach to skincare,” says Dr. Adeline Kikam, Board Certified Cosmetic and Medical Dermatologist , which also goes by the nickname Brown Skin Dermis. Avoid exfoliation and look for moisturizers and serums with anti-inflammatory and healing properties and antioxidants to soothe the skin. She suggests spritzing on hot spring water rich in trace minerals like selenium to relieve inflammation and restore the skin’s microbiome, and switching to a non-foaming, fragrance-free cleanser, “fragrances are the way to go.” leading cause of allergy and irritant contact dermatitis”. in skincare products, so the idea is not to risk irritating inflamed skin. And never skip sunscreen, “One of the main causes of skin inflammation is UV rays, which lead to oxidative damage in the skin with the radical breakdown of collagen and elastin,” adds Dr. Kikam. This is what leads to the premature development of fine lines and wrinkles. She also cautions against using too many active ingredients at once, like acids, or not hydrating with conditions like eczema.
Inflamed skin needs to regain its state of balance. While addressing the underlying cause of inflammation is important, reducing inflammation also helps. Dr. Kikam recommends the following ingredients and products to improve the skin’s moisture barrier and keep it calm.
Antioxidants: Antioxidants like vitamin C can help stop the domino effect of damage caused by free radicals and other components of the inflammatory response. They are one of the key skincare ingredients for reducing redness, improving skin sensitivity, and preventing skin breakdown, as they can help reduce excessive immune response and cause much faster healing.