Skin Savers for Irritated/Sensitized Skin

Recently my skin went absolutely haywire. The backstory: I had a chemical peel done about a month ago and in the days after, my chin was very flaky and dry, but I also had some blemishes coming up in that area. I tried to soothe it and had the brilliant idea of using a nourishing facial oil – and reached for the Pai Rosehip Oil, which I love. However I forgot that this oil contains trans-retinoic acid, which doesn't exfoliate in and of itself but can result in flakiness because it boosts cell turnover. So I only added to the problem! The skin on my chin was left looking very red, raw, sensitized and irritated. 

I'm happy to say that after changing up what I was doing, my skin is now back to normal! These are the 3 products that truly saved my skin.

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Epidermal Recovery Accelerator – This light cream is made for "irritated, distressed, or post-procedure skin", and it's dermatologist recommended for patients who have had skin resurfacing procedures. It works to rebuild the skin's barrier and stimulate the product of new cells with a copper/zinc/manganese mineral complex and madecassoside. Madecassoside is an plant-sourced ingredient with known anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that also stimulates collagen. Another key ingredient is dimethicone which smooths over the skin to create an artificial barrier. This product is the real standout and is also beneficial for acne, scars, and other trouble areas.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray – I'm a big fan of toners because they balance the skin's pH and give another layer of moisture. This spray also has super soothing ingredients to calm the skin down, like aloe, herbs and rosewater. This is my first Mario Badescu product and I definitely want to try more!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – My skin was so dry that I needed a really thick moisturizer to protect and hydrate. I alternated between this cream and the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, but found myself reaching for this more often because it has less fragrance (which could potentially irritate the skin). Colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, ceramides, squalane and other ingredients worked to soothe and protect the skin. I'd highly recommend checking out this cream if you suffer from flaky, dry patches in the winter.

Let me know if you have any questions about these products or your skin issues. I've completed two skincare modules in my medical aesthetics program already and I'm ready to help!

What do you rely on for problem skin?