The myth that if your skin is tingling, it means that your product is working is a dangerous one. If your skin is acting up under a new face mask or from using a new product, it is actually a sign that the product is destroying your skin’s barrier. Yep, all those DIY lemon face masks you used as a teen did you more harm than good! But not all is lost.

We can simply say that stick to what you know, but as skincare fanatics ourselves, we know that’s not possible. This is why we recommended you do a patch test before you try a new product. But even after a successful test, if your skin still acts out after the first couple of applications, you need a serious reset.

So if your new serum or cleanser is giving you redness and stinging pain, here’s what you need to do…

 

01. Put your skin on a diet

01. Put your skin on a diet

Repeat offenders, which cause skin irritation, are alcohols, potent actives like retinol, artificial dyes and fragrances, and chemical exfoliators. This is why the first step to healing your skin would be to put it on a diet. No, not a food diet, but an ingredient one. Stick to the basics, like cleansing and moisturising your face twice a day, and push the other skincare products to the back of your drawer for a while.

 

02. Use a hypoallergenic face wash

02. Use a hypoallergenic face wash

Your skin is already mad about a certain irritant you put on it, do not make it madder with a harsh cleanser too. While your skin is on healing mode, switch to a hypoallergenic, light and hydrating cleanser to wash your face. Your skin has its own internal mechanism to calm irritated skin, so do not disturb it by using a heavy-duty cleanser.

BB picks: Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash

 

03. Focus on barrier repair

03. Focus on barrier repair

Irritation caused by skincare products can damage the top layers of your skin. Focus on barrier repair with the help of moisturisers and serums. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, squalene and ceramides that help thicken the top layers of your skin and aid the barrier repair process.

BB picks: Dermalogica Barrier Repair Moisturiser

 

04. Sleep with a calming gel on

04. Sleep with a calming gel on

Your skin is in a major repair mode when you are sleeping, and having irritated skin can ruin your peace at night. Apply a calming and cooling gel, preferably something with aloe vera in it, and go to bed. The constant irritation won’t disturb your slumber, will keep your skin hydrated overnight and help calm the stinging sensation.

BB picks: Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Vera Gel

 

05. Observe your skin closely for the next couple of days

05. Observe your skin closely for the next couple of days

If you have suffered a chemical burn from a new serum or have your rosacea flare-up from a new mist, take the above steps and observe your skin for the next couple of days. If the inflammation is not going down on its own, you might have to consult a dermatologist who can prescribe you the right topical products or medication to help bring it down. Do not wait for too long for the redness and inflammation to subside on its own, as it can get worse if left untreated.