Why Your Current Moisturiser May Sting Or Disagree with Your Skin

Fatima Reyaz | 10th October 2022.

We often think that unless we don’t suffer, we won’t get the fruit. It might be true in some cases, for example, one cannot be a doctor until one has devoted hours to study or for that matter any profession. One cannot get a good harvest unless one has laboured in the fields. But thinking that one cannot get the best results from any skincare product without it stinging the face, is wrong. If your moisturiser leaves behind a burning sensation, stop using it now! You could be doing more harm than good. If you are curious why this happens, then read below.


Why does Moisturiser sting my Face?

That burning sensation surely doesn’t feel right, leaving the skin red and hot. There can be many reasons why moisturiser stings. It is mainly due to the ingredients used in its formulation. We have stated the most likely reasons for you to understand and immediately switch to a better moisturiser.

  • Alpha (AHA) and Beta (BHA) Hydroxy: AHA’s and BHA’s are exfoliants that gently peel the dead layer of the skin, removing dirt, and grime. This leads to smoother, softer and supple skin. They treat acne, pigmentation, blemishes and even dark spots. These acids can increase collagen formation and reduce wrinkles when present in higher concentrations. Hence, they are frequently found in many skincare products due to their many anti-ageing properties.
  • Acids, however, have a low pH. It can sting and burn when the acids enter the skin. Additionally, the acids degrade the skin barrier by dissolving the oils and lipids that bind the skin cells together. 

  • Drying Alcohols: Alcohols are used for several reasons. They can alter the texture of the formulation or serve as a preservative.
  • Alcohol can impair the skin barrier, strip away natural lipids, and produce stinging and burning sensations.

  • Artificial Colours: Colours won’t do the magic but the composition of the skin care product, surely. Artificially added colours do more harm than good. It can irritate the skin causing itchiness, dryness and rashes.
  • Artificial Fragrances: If you are not judging a book by its cover make sure you don’t judge a moisturiser by the smell of it too. Many of us make our judgments about skincare on how something smells, but we should check to see if any synthetic fragrances have been added before we sniff anything. The majority of products are composed solely of chemically produced smell compositions, which have been shown to cause rashes, and skin irritation.
  • Preservatives: Anything that contains water would need preservation. Most of our lotions and cream do have a certain water content in them. As much as preservatives play a major role in keeping at bay all the germs and bacteria from our beauty essentials they can in turn cause great damage to the skin. It may lead to causing rashes, irritations and allergies.
  • Surfactants and Emulsifiers: These can sting and irritate the skin. In lotions, serums, and creams, emulsifiers and surfactants are required to hold water and oil together. So go for products which do not contain these.
  • Now, when you go to purchase any moisturiser make sure that it is free from all of the above. But with Doctor A here you wouldn't have to go anywhere or worry about any of the harmful effects of the wrong moisturiser. We have got an amazing moisturiser, Natural Vitamin C Brightening Moisturiser, which is fragrance-free, contains no drying alcohol or artificial colours, has been formulated without adding preservatives like paraben and is completely eco-friendly. Not only that, it is vegan, cruelty-free and sustainable. It deeply moisturises the skin without stinging it. Made with organic ingredients, this is all you need to brighten up your skin. 


    Along with that we even have a night cream to help repair all the damage caused to the skin due to exposure to the harsh environment throughout the day.  Doctor A Intensely Exotic Repairing Night Moisturiser helps heal the barriers of your skin without doing any harm to your skin. It is kind, gentle and safe for you. Go check them out now!

    Why does my Face Sting when I moisturise?

    No matter which moisturiser you use, your skin always burns. If this is what you are going through then the problem might not be with the moisturiser altogether. Maybe it's your skin barrier that has been impaired. 

    The skin's outermost layer is called the skin barrier. It is just a few micrometres in thickness. Proteins, natural lipids, and dead cells make up its composition.

    The functionality of the skin and how protective it is depends on the health of the skin barrier. The skin barrier along with acting as a shield reduces water loss and keeps irritants and allergens out of the skin. All of these advantages result in skin that is supple, bright, and healthy.

    The skin barrier can become weak or even disappear due to a variety of internal and external factors. Our capacity to produce natural oils and lipids declines with age. The skin cells and proteins are held together by those lipids and oils. That's why our skin becomes dull, dry and dehydrated as we age.

    The external factors which cause the burning sensation can be due to:

    • Washing your face with hot water
    • Scrubbing your face with harsh exfoliants— using scrubs regularly can peel off the protective layer of the skin exposing it to pollution and sun causing irritation.
    • Using the wrong Sunscreen— Mineral sunscreens often contain chemicals which disrupt the outer layer of the skin.

    All these factors allow the skin to be exposed to dirt, germs, bacteria, and UV rays and make the skin extremely sensitive. This can leave behind a burning sensation each time you apply a moisturiser.

    How to Stop the Stinging Sensation?

    First things first, as soon as you feel that your face is stinging immediately wash your face with water and pat dry it. Do not rub the towel against your skin. Take an ice bag and press it against the affected area. So always make sure you do a patch test either behind your ear or on your hands before applying it to your face

    Other than this, here are a few ways which can help soothe, calm and heal your irritated skin in the long run.

  • Incorporate Squalane in your skincare routine: Squalane has incredible anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces redness and helps calm irritated skin.
  • Glycerine: Glycerine has excellent moisturising properties. It helps a great deal with skin that is dry, itchy, rough and with skin irritations like rashes and burns.
  • Argan Oil: It is a holy grail when it comes to treating skin concerns. With its great moisturising ability it brings nourishment to dry and dehydrated skin. It has amazing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which helps with skin infections. It is also used for treating wounds and cuts.
  • It is never too late to restore the health of your skin and opt for the right products. We already have one for you, i.e, Doctor A. We formulate our products with clean and natural ingredients to bring to you the safest moisturiser which not only protects and nourishes your skin but is also environment friendly. All the plant-based ingredients promise you the best our nature has to offer.


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