Skin Inflammation: What It Is, What Causes the Condition, and How to Heal Your Skin

Have you ever tried a new skincare product, or perhaps sat out in the sun for too long and woken up with red and irritated skin? If you said yes, you're not alone. Luckily, in most cases this inflammation goes away quickly. But depending on the trigger, it can persist. Some inflammation can also leave long-lasting effects. This post will cover what inflammation is, what it looks like, the causes, how to treat it, and why Mox's products work well for healing this skin condition. 


What Is Inflammation as it Pertains to your Skin?

The inflammation process, in general, is the same whether it occurs on your face or another part of your body. According to the Florida Dermatology and Skin Cancer Centers, inflammation is a reaction that occurs when your body recognizes something foreign, triggering your immune system to drive out the dangerous pathogens and promote healing. 


Inflammation, while it can be painful or embarrassing, is a normal response to an irritant. Your skin is taking steps to repair itself from whatever trigger caused the inflammation. 


What Does Skin Inflammation Look Like?

You likely know what inflammation looks like on your face, even if you didn't call it by that name. Perhaps your skin was itchy, or very red, or painful to the touch. Inflammation can take the form of a variety of symptoms - and it depends on the cause. Some of the potential symptoms include a rash, redness, itchiness, blisters, pimples, raw areas, or warmth.  


What Causes Inflammation?

There are many reasons your skin may be inflamed. There are a few common explanations for why you're experiencing inflammation when it comes to your face. You know your skin best and will be able to discern which cause is most likely. 

 

1) Acute Inflammation Due to the Sun

The most essential product in your skincare routine is none other than sunscreen! We recommend mineral sun blocks as they have fewer chemicals. None of your other products will do their job if your skin is not protected from the sun. But sometimes we forget to re-apply, or the sun is just super intense, and we get a burn. This type of inflammation can hurt, but can heal with the right steps.


2) Acute Inflammation due to an Allergen

Sometimes you use a product or eat a type of food that triggers an allergic reaction. When this occurs, the best treatment is likely not a topical product but rather an allergy medicine such as an anti-histamine. Skincare may help in the aftermath of the reaction.


3) Compromised Moisture Barrier (due to a product or other reason)

After a sunburn, a compromised moisture barrier is one of the most common reasons for inflammation when it comes to your face. Usually, this occurs because someone has exfoliated too frequently or used too strong of an exfoliant. In addition to feeling red and inflamed, your skin might feel tight, dry or dull. 


4) Chronic condition such as rosacea 

Sometimes inflammation is more of a permanent condition. If you suffer from rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, or other chronic skin issues, treatment is more complex and requires advice from your healthcare provider. 


How to Go About Treating the Condition

Treatment depends on what triggered the inflammation. In the case of an allergic reaction or chronic skin conditions, seek out your healthcare provider's advice or dermatologist as those triggers require a different treatment approach.


For a sunburn, a cool compress will provide immediate relief. Products that contain aloe vera will also serve to help your skin recover. Lastly, be sure to re-apply sunblock regularly to protect your skin from further damage.  


In the case of a compromised moisture barrier, this is where a healthy skincare routine comes in. If you think this is the source of your inflammation, cut back on all exfoliation and stick to a simple routine of cleansing, moisturizing, and applying sunblock (just in the morning). Look for skin-loving ingredients such as CBD, squalane, vitamin E, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid. Try to avoid products with a lot of fragrances or alcohol. Most importantly, give your skin time to heal. 


CBD: A Superhero For Treating Inflammation

In addition to the solutions outlined above, CBD deserves its own highlight for its inflammation-fighting properties. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, has become more and more popular in the skincare world. It can treat a number of skin conditions but is particularly well suited to treating inflammation. A topical product containing CBD, whether a serum, oil, or moisturizer, can help soothe your skin and heal any irritation faster.


Why Mox's Products Work so Well for Inflamed Skin

If you are looking for skincare products that will help treat inflammation, Mox Mind + Body's range contains many of the ingredients mentioned earlier to soothe and repair the skin's barrier. Our Multivitamin Serum and Moisturizing Restore Balm will be especially helpful in treating inflammation. 


Skin Inflammation Summed Up

If you are suffering from skin inflammation, don't fret - your skin is a resilient organ and will be able to bounce back if you treat it with calming, healing products. Focus on nourishing ingredients that will help your skin repair itself. If your inflammation is due to a chronic condition, a visit (in person or virtual!) will provide you with the best guidance on how to treat your skin.