Preventing
irritated skin

We all come across skin problems, some more than others, but we don’t always know the cause. Below are some problem areas to be aware of

 

What’s in my product – Ingredients List

An allergic reaction is the most common cause of irritated skin or flare-ups. Always know what’s in your product by looking at the ingredients. In our Ingredient to avoid article we’ve identified well-known offenders.

Tips

Always check the ingredients. Know the ones you should avoid.
Active plant and herb extracts are great at keeping your skin in good shape.

 

Shaving soreness 

You’re using a very sharp blade. By pressing down on the skin surface to remove hair, you’re also gliding the blade through the outer protective barrier, removing essential oils and making micro cuts on the skin surface. This leaves the skin dry, sensitive and sore. Sometimes you’ll have razor rash or burns straight after shaving especially around the neck.

Tips

  • Always use shaving gel or cream.
  • Shave following the direction of hair growth. Beware hair changes direction in different areas.
  • Don’t grip the razor or press down on the blade too hard.
  • Avoid a blunt blade. This can cause bad cuts to the skin.
  • It’s recommended to wash your face before shaving to soften the skin making it easier to cut through hair. If you get inflamed skin every time you shave try washing your face after shaving and apply a moisturiser.
  • A good moisturiser helps your skin recover from shaving by calming irritation, restoring moisture. It also strengthens the skin’s protective barrier against dirt and pollution.
  • Do not apply anything with alcohol after shaving as it’ll dry out, irritate and prematurely age your skin.

Inflammation, pimples and spots

Inside your pores there are sebaceous glands. These produce oil known as sebum. These glands sometimes become overactive. The excess oil mixes with dead skin cells, clogging pores. This is an ideal environment for bacteria growth. Bacteria feeds off the oil and produces a substance that causes an immune response from the body. This is what causes the inflammation and spots.

Tips

  • Keep your skin clean using a face wash once a day and exfoliate at least twice a week to rejuvenate and cleanse your pores.
  • Don’t over wash your face. This can make your skin dry and the sebaceous glands overactive.
  • If you do have inflamed skin avoid using a scrub as this can make things worse.  
  • Watch what you eat. Diet can have an impact. Avoid sugary food and drink plenty of water.

 

“Keep your skin clean using a face wash once a day and exfoliate at least twice a week to rejuvenate and cleanse your pores.”

 

Ingrowing hairs and blackheads

Hair follicles can roll back under the skin rather than growing out. It appears as inflamed skin, a red spot or a spot with a head.

Blackheads are no different to pimples or spots. They form in exactly the same way. The only difference is that they are present in open pores and can be seen. They’re black or dark brown due to oxidation of the skin’s pigment, melanin.

Tips

  • Regular exfoliation helps to release trapped hairs over time.
  • Don’t squeeze blackheads. You’ll gradually clear blackheads by exfoliating regularly and using a face mask at least once a week.