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Ask a Beauty Editor: The Best Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients for Irritated Skin

 
Ever wanted to pick the brain of a beauty editor? Or get beauty product recommendations from someone who has tried them all? You’ve come to the right place. In our weekly series, beauty editor Hana Hong answers your biggest skincare, hair care, and makeup questions, all submitted by Real Simple readers. Tune in every Tuesday and submit your own burning beauty questions here for a chance to be featured.

Reader question: I have inflammation when cleansing, and I know it’s not from the products I currently use. Are there any types of ingredients or products I can apply that help lessen inflammation? — Erin Smith

Inflammation can mean a lot of different things, but skinflammation (inflammation of the skin) is an especially tricky thing to pinpoint. For starters, it can manifest in a number of ways, such as redness, dark spots, itching, breakouts, and/or swelling. And even if you haven’t added any new products into the mix, there are an overwhelming number of environmental factors that could trigger skinflammation, making its elimination quite difficult.

So what ingredients should you be using to combat irritation? The right anti-inflammatory ingredients work by inhibiting the body’s negative response and blocking the effects of certain enzymes that contribute to inflammation.

Aloe vera has a very long track record as a skin-soothing agent. Not only is it moisturizing and protective, it’s also rich in essential amino acids, fatty acids, and vitamins A, C, E, and B-12, which create a protective barrier and locks in moisture without contributing to skin oiliness. “Aloe vera has been shown to decrease a chemical called thromboxane, which is known to slow down wound healing,” explains Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. And as an added benefit, it also contains magnesium lactate, a chemical that can decrease itching and irritation.

 

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Source : Real Simple – Ask a Beauty Editor: The Best Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients for Irritated Skin Edited By, Hana Hong

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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