"Oh-My-God-What-Is-That?" Skin Emergencies
Should you dig at it? Or rush to a derm? See photos and skin care tips for sensitive skin issues
Treat it: Cleanse and dry skin, then combine one dime-sized drop each of moisturizer with over-the-counter cortisone cream (like Cortaid Maximum Strength Anti-itch Cream, $5.49). This mixture calms irritation and reduces redness. Reapply every four or five hours as needed for up to one week only. Between applications, use an aloe-based, cooling moisturizer (like Kiss My Face Olive and Aloe Fragrance Free Moisturizer, $10.95). Downie suggests doing a patch text first as some people can be allergic to aloe.
Prevent it: Whether you're hitting the slopes or heading outdoors during a blustery, clear day, use a heavy-duty dry skin lotion with a high SPF (like Eucerin Extra Protective Moisture Lotion, SPF 30, $8.59) to keep skin hydrated and protected.
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