7 Treatments for Red, Irritated Skin

Sore, dry, inflamed patches sound familiar? We’ve all been there. This is the body’s way of sending out a SOS signal to tell us that something isn’t quite right. Redness and irritation can be caused by a number of things, from an allergic reaction to excessive dryness or sensitivity. Whether you’ve overdone it on the acids or jumped too soon to a high-strength retinol, scroll down to discover our favourite tried-and-tested skin soothers. 

Mario Badescu Azulene Calming Mask

Specifically formulated with irritated, redness-prone skin in mind, this soothing mask is packed with anti-inflammatories like balsam peru and chamomile to rebalance the complexion. It also contains kaolin clay, so is ideal for skin that’s experiencing breakouts or oiliness alongside sensitivity and redness. 

By BEAUTY BAY Thirst Class Moisturiser

Moisturising is especially important when skin is red and irritated but be sure to opt for a fragrance- and active-free formula to avoid worsening the situation. This rich but basic solution is formulated with colloidal oatmeal, which works wonders for reducing redness and calming angry-looking skin. 

Dr Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Mist

Active ingredients like acids, vitamin C, and retinol should be avoided if skin is experiencing redness and irritation. Instead, natural ingredients like cica (or tiger grass) can be an extremely beneficial. For a fast fix on-the-go treatment, this refreshing mist visibly reduces redness and helps to boost hydration in the process. 

Holika Holika Cica Dressing Mask

Think of this mask like a cold compress for sore skin and stash it in the fridge for a few hours before use. The cica targets inflammation at the source while the cool temperature will instantly soothe any itching or burning sensation you might be experiencing. 

Yes To Cucumber Cooling Jelly Mask

For an additional soothing step in your skincare routine, this gel mask does exactly what its name suggests. It’s hydrating (boosted with glycerin) yet the cucumber and aloe vera are the star ingredients for soothing irritation and redness. 

Gallinee Prebiotic Foaming Cleanser

Certain ingredients in foaming cleansers can throw off skin’s pH balance, making redness and irritation worse, but instead of drying skin out, this gentle option utilises prebiotic technology to calm, balance, and soften. 

Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

If your skin is particularly dry and sensitive you could do with upgrading your regular moisturiser to a thicker version. This K-beauty bestseller is packed with ceramides which help to reinforce the skin’s barrier and make future irritation and dryness less likely to occur. Apply it mask-like as the final step in your evening routine.