13 Warning Signs You’re Using the Wrong Beauty Products

Your Face Burns or Stings 

While some cleansers and facial masks deliver a tingling sensation, it’s important to understand that there is a big difference between a slight tingly feeling and a painful burning sensation. How can we tell if a slight sting is due to active ingredients getting to work or if our skin is trying to tell us something?

“Active ingredients often, but not always, have a tingling effect that lasts moments, not minutes,” explains Holdsworth. “If your skin is feeling sensitive to the touch, if it stings or burns when you are washing your face hours later after using the product, or if your skin remained very pink or red more than an hour after application, I recommend eliminating that product from your regimen for the time being.”

Certain chemicals inside products can be too strong for delicate skin types, as sensitive skin in particular can experience an unwanted burning sensation upon using some skin care essentials.

“If your skin feels like it is on fire, do not suffer in the name of beauty—wash it off,” suggests Dr. Shainhouse. “It is likely that your skin is too sensitive for the product you are using.”

When selecting products, Dr. Jaliman recommends being extra cautious. Some anti-aging products for example, can be too strong for sensitive skin types, especially because retinoids contain strong ingredients that can sting. “If your skin is burning on application of a retinol, talk to your dermatologist about changing to a gentler anti-aging ingredient like Vitamin C or resveratrol,” says Dr. Jaliman.

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