How to Desensitize Stinging Skin

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Skin has a tendency to sting if it is overly sensitive. Learn how to desensitize stinging skin with help from a board-certified dermatologist in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board certified dermatologist in New York City and author of the book "Skin Rules, Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist," talking about how to desensitize stinging skin. So what do you do if your skin is stinging? Usually when your skin is stinging, it's red, it's inflamed, it burns, it hurts, what can you do? The first thing you want to do is stop all your products because you don't know what product caused that stinging. Stop all of your products, get yourself a mild cleanser that's fragrance free and wash your skin with that mild cleanser so you can get off any residue of the product that may have caused the reaction. The next thing is you can take unscented aloe vera gel and use that on your skin. You can either get it from a plant or you can actually get it from a bottle but make certain it says it's fragrance free unscented and often times that will calm your skin down. Another trick that I use is I take skin milk and make half skin milk, half ice water and make compresses and put that on stinging skin and that often helps a lot. Another thing you can do is you can make a compress of green tea. Green tea is anti-inflammatory but make certain when you make your green tea after you steep it, you put it in the refrigerator so it's cool, green tea. You can put compresses of green tea on your skin and that's also anti-inflammatory. Another thing you can do is you can go to the drugstore and get over-the-counter Hydrocortisone Cream to take the sting out of your skin but just remember with Hydrocortisone Cream you can only use it for a few days, twice a day up to one week because Hydrocortisone thins the skin so it can't be used on the skin for any length of time. If you still have stinging and discomfort in your skin after a week, I suggest you go see a board certified dermatologist. If you have any other questions at all, go to


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