Moisturizers to help with irritated skin

Skin can get inflamed and irritated for a lot of reasons. Some of the main reasons are allergic reactions, contact dermatitis (not severe, if it is severe, contact a doctor), over exfoliating and using products like Retin-A and others in the Retinoid family. The Skin can peel, become red, sore to the touch and very dry. It may even feel like a bad sun burn.

Peeling skin

If your skin is peeling and flaking, it is very important that you don’t pick at the skin. Just like if you have acne, it can scar or make healing longer. Mild exfoliation can help if the skin is not too red and sore. Just a microfiber cloth in the shower can help remove dead flaky skin. If you skin isn’t too sore, Philosophy Microdelivery or Dermalogica Microfoliant are very gentle products for exfoliation the skin.

Be gentle

Be gentle to your skin during this time. Only use gentle cleansers and don’t rub too much on the skin.

Keep water down to a minimum when cleansing your face. Yes, you want to rinse everything off, but water can even disturb the delicate skin at this point.

Barrier repair

You need to repair the moisture barrier on the skin and restore the PH level to your skin, but gently.

The CeraVe products are good for this, along with several other moisturizers (keep reading).

Moisturizers to help with irritated skin
Moisturizers to help with irritated and inflamed skin
Vegetable Glycerine for skin care
Now Solutions Vegetable Glycerine

Glycerine is an excellent moisturizer and provides a barrier to help eliminate any more water loss from the skin and help it heal. It is thick and more of a goopy feel, so I would wear it at night. I just buy the Now brand off of Amazon.

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
Clinique overnight mask
Clinique Moisture surge Overnight Mask

You can use Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, it doesn’t seem to irritate the skin and it makes a very thin vail to protect it. I have a whole post on Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, Ulta carries this magical stuff for $35.00 for 3.4 oz

Weleda Skin Food
Weleda Skin Food
Weleda Skin Food

Skin Food really should only be put on the skin at night as it has lanolin. So, it may look a bit interesting under makeup. If you aren’t wearing any, which may be helpful, it would be fine.

This is great at night to seal in the moisture barrier of the skin. Target carries it for $10.29 for 2.5 oz. This moisturizer is great on really dry patches of skin or on the crows feet as well. It does have a weird smell, however, it goes away quickly.

Embryolisse Creme
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
Embryolisse Lait-Creme

This Crème is a really nice moisturizer that can be used under foundation without any problems. It seems to really hydrate and smooth the irritated skin. I used to buy mine at Target, however, I can’t find it on their website anymore. So I guess, you have to head over to Amazon for it.

CeraVe Healing Ointment
CeraVe Healing Ointment
CeraVe Healing Ointment

This ointment is similar to petroleum jelly (but better) and it does have petroleum jelly in it. So if you are against using petroleum jelly, then this option isn’t for you.

It does has ceramides and other great ingredients for the skin. Similar to the other CeraVe products and I did a post of the CeraVe Lotion, so you can read about the ingredients there. Target carries this for $12.69 for 5 oz and sometimes they have the smaller ones and I usually pick those up. They cost more per oz, but so much more convenient to just throw in your purse.

IT Cosmetics – Confidence in a Cream Moisturizing Super Cream
IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream
It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream (mini size)

This is a very hydrating moisturizer, that contains ceramides and shea butter. IT cosmetics – Confidence in a Cream Moisturizing Super Cream helps heal the skin as well, by protecting the moisture barrier.

Some people with skin irritation have report that this cream stings a bit but I haven’t experienced that and to be honest quite a few things will sting on already irritated skin. This product is at Ulta for $48 for 2.0 oz. You should pop over to Ulta’s website and read the reviews on this one, 4.6 rating and 2,609 reviews as of the date of this post.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream is a good cream whether you have irritated skin or not.


I would suggest mineral makeup, especially if the skin is really angry. (You know what angry skin is, it hurts to even touch it too much). There are some great mineral foundations on the market and I will be reviewing some of those in future.

I hope this post helps and happy healing.

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