Skin issues often pop up at the worst times. Whether you’re preparing for a big presentation or about to go enjoy some time in the sun, you never want to see your skin doing something unexpected. Sometimes we have the dubious fortune to have chronic conditions that we know how to treat and manage, but many of us deal with entirely unspecified and seemingly random issues. Most commonly this takes the form of itchy, blotchy, and dull skin. A lot of the time it has a bit of a tint to it too from irritation. This sort of inflammation can come from a variety of sources and is often easy enough to treat. It becomes a problem when your usual steps aren’t helping. You need to do something to rescue that skin before it becomes permanent damage. Fortunately, we have some tips to help you do just that.
Swap to Gentler Products
Your skin constantly changes throughout your lifetime. We get used to our skin tolerating a particular set of products over a long period of time, but that can change. Major hormonal shifts such as pregnancy and menopause can change the skin, but other things can happen as well. If your skin feels and looks inflamed and isn’t responding to normal care, then you might want to review your product choices. Some products include ingredients like salicylic acid that can be harsh on sensitive skin. You may want to try switching to a new cleanser and exfoliant that offer gentler versions of what you were getting from them to see if this gives your skin time to heal. You can then carefully try your old products once your skin has healed to see if it was a fluke or if it is time to settle into finding proper replacement products.
The kind of skin described is also a common symptom of your skin being dry. This can happen for any number of reasons. Most of us are used to using a thicker moisturizer in winter, but skin can dry out at any time of year. Sometimes this happens due to product choice or a change in the weather. Most of the time it isn’t anyone’s fault. The key is recognizing it as a potential problem and making sure you moisturize your skin appropriately. Those who do have dry skin should see the skin start to improve relatively quickly as proper moisture levels aid the skin in healing and protecting itself. The dullness, in particular, is highly likely to clear up faster than other aspects of inflamed skin as the dry skin making the rest of the skin less dull will go away within the first few treatments.
Check Your Environment
One of the last options you’ll want to check for itchy, blotchy, and dull skin is to make sure you’re not having a topical allergic reaction. You can seemingly randomly develop allergies to different substances. Most people are fortunate that common skincare ingredients and accessory materials don’t cause skin reactions. This can change for anyone over time. The technical name for the reaction in this case is “contact dermatitis”. It is a relatively common skin problem and the only real issue is typically where it happens to appear. Consider what has touched the affected area recently. Low-quality beauty products, certain kinds of makeup, and potent natural substances are all potential culprits when it comes to this kind of reaction. Fortunately, all you really need to do in this case is avoid contact with the substance and consider applying a topical cream that helps with allergic reactions.
Inflammation is your body’s way of warning you that something is wrong. It is comparatively easy to spot in the skin thanks to the various changes it causes. Anyone noticing inflamed skin, whether it is reddish or not, should immediately try to figure out what the problem is before it becomes worse. The warning that inflamed skin represents will eventually become a form of permanent damage to the skin if it goes untreated. Those who have a particular stubborn skin care issue should talk to their dermatologist as soon as possible to help determine the nature of the problem. That way you can go on looking like your best self.