Skin can be irritated for a variety of different reasons, ranging from sunburn and allergic reactions to acne and hormonal issues. If you have irritated skin, it likely appears red, pink and sensitive. There are many things you can do to soothe irritated skin. While it’s important to ascertain the cause of the skin irritation, you can also take general steps to remedy the situation. With careful treatment, you can calm your irritated skin with a few simple steps.

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Determine the cause of the skin irritation. If you suspect it may be due to an allergic reaction, stop using products that may be the cause. You can also see a dermatologist to have the particular condition diagnosed.

Wash the area with a gentle cleanser. Bacteria, dirt and oil may exacerbate the irritation. Keep the area free from contaminants by cleansing it twice daily. Choose a cleanser that doesn’t contain added dyes or fragrances as they may further irritate your skin.

Put a cold compress on the irritated area. Wrap an ice pack in a towel or soak a wash cloth in cold water, and apply to the skin. Leave the compress on the affected area for five minutes. Take it off for five minutes before reapplying it for another five minutes.

Fill a bathtub with lukewarm water. Add one cup of evaporated milk or three cups of oatmeal. Both have soothing properties which will calm irritated skin. Soak in the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes.

Apply hydrocortisone cream to your irritated skin. Hydrocortisone cream calms irritated skin, reducing redness and pain in the area.

Rub essential chamomile oil on your skin. Chamomile is highly soothing, helping to calm irritation. If you don’t have essential oil, you can brew a cup of hot chamomile tea. Allow the tea to cool and then apply it to your skin.

Use aloe vera gel to soothe your skin. Apply a thin layer of pure aloe vera gel to the irritated area at least three times per day. For added soothing properties, refrigerate the gel for 15 minutes prior to applying it to your skin. The added coolness will alleviate redness and swelling.


  • Wear cotton clothing. Natural fibers will allow your skin to breathe whereas synthetic fibers may irritate your skin.