Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, you’ve probably still experienced a skin reaction or two. Maybe you were so excited to try a new product that that you forgot to do a patch test and ended up breaking out in an itchy, red rash. But unlike normal skin which only rarely experiences an inflammatory response, sensitive skin sufferers experience irritated skin regularly. Sometimes it doesn’t even take a new product to send people with sensitive skin into full rash mode.
To get to the bottom of what is causing your reactions, I recommend documenting your habits to look for patterns. What did you eat that day? What were you using on your skin? Did you change laundry detergents? Finding out what’s causing your rash is just as important as treating it. But when you’re covered in little red bumps or itchy hives, your only thought is how to get rid of your rash and get rid of it FAST. Here are basic steps you should follow to ensure speedy skin healing.
As soon as you notice a reaction, reach for an anti-inflammatory cream that contains 0.5% hydrocortisone. Mix it with equal parts aloe vera gel and apply twice daily to the affected area. Hydrocortisone soothes inflammation while aloe cools and hydrates, providing immediate relief for hot, itchy skin.
Break out the ice! Gently rub the rashy area with an ice roller to reduce inflammation and slightly numb the skin. The cold will help reduce redness, itching, swelling, and discomfort.
As soon as you notice the telltale signs of an allergy on your skin, pop an antihistamine like Benadryl. Skin allergies occur when the body produces histamine, a natural immune compound that causes inflammation and rashes. Antihistamines help block this response to relieve hives, itching, and redness.
Inflamed and irritated skin is especially sensitive to topical treatments. Put away your serums and peels for a few days and pare down your routine to avoid damaging your skin. Use a super gentle cleanser and moisturizer like Cetaphil. Once your skin is completely healed, you can begin using your regular products.
Give it Time
Unfortunately, while rashes may seem to pop up in an instant, they do take some time to heal completely. If you are in extreme discomfort or don’t experience full relief in 3-5 days, it’s time to see a dermatologist for more serious anti-inflammatory measures.