Red, Raw Skin From Exfoliating Too Vigorously
The Rx: You removed not only dead skin cells on top but also healthy cells underneath. Apply cool washcloths for a few minutes. Then apply a thick, bland, soothing moisturizer (such as Vanicream) to calm the area. Avoid creams with fragrance or exfoliating ingredients, as they can sting and burn already sensitized skin. Stick with a gentle cleanser for a few days, and avoid the sun. "Let the skin heal before you wear makeup or put anything containing chemicals on it," Sengelmann says. If the redness and the irritation worsen or if they don't go away in a week, see a dermatologist.
Quick camouflage: Use a small amount of a nonirritating, green-tinted moisturizer, as green lessens red tones. (Try Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion SPF 15.)