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Why Does Moisturizer Make My Skin Burn?

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Please Help Me. I cant figure out why all moisturizers cause my skin to feel like it's burning.

I use:

  • Cetaphil Cleanser
  • 5% Benezol Peroxide (Which the directions say to wash off and I do)

​I then use either Cetaphil Moisturizer or Neutrogena Oil-Free Visibly Clear. Both of which cause the aforementioned effect. I can't figure out why as soon as I put on moisturizer, even the Cetaphil one which is supposedly meant for "Sensitive or Dry Skin" ,causes my face to start burning. My skin has also become extremely dry and oily, and moisturizer seems to be making it worse. shrug.gif Maybe it is an ingredient?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Please Help Me. I cant figure out why all moisturizers cause my skin to feel like it's burning.

I use:

  • Cetaphil Cleanser
  • 5% Benezol Peroxide (Which the directions say to wash off and I do)

​I then use either Cetaphil Moisturizer or Neutrogena Oil-Free Visibly Clear. Both of which cause the aforementioned effect. I can't figure out why as soon as I put on moisturizer, even the Cetaphil one which is supposedly meant for "Sensitive or Dry Skin" ,causes my face to start burning. My skin has also become extremely dry and oily, and moisturizer seems to be making it worse. shrug.gif Maybe it is an ingredient?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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When I used benzoyl peroxide, it stripped my skin so badly that anything on my face made it burn. It's not the moisturizer, it's the BP.

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I agree, try to get 2.5 BP instead of 5. Also, maybe use less or use it less often, eventually the burning will go away, your skin just has to get used to it.

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Ive had the exact same problem. Its not the moisturizer, its the BP. Let me explain: The BP drys out your skin very badly, the moisturizer makes your skin red and burn right after applying it; that happens because your skin naturally reacts like that when lotion or moisturizer is put on dry skin. I would suggest going to a 2.5% BP face wash (or whatever product youre using) and if it still is dry, keep using the moisturizer, once the skin is not so dry, the red and burning will stop. If the 2.5% is not enough to fight the acne, go back to 5%, but always use moisturizer after you use the BP.

Ever have had your hands get very dry and even possibly start to crack from dryness? (i have) Then when you put on skin lotion, your hands get kinda red and start to burn? Same thing applies to the skin on your face, except your skin will flake off rather than crack like your hands would. Trust me, once your face gets moisturized again and not so dry, the redness and burning will stop when you apply moisturizer. Hope i helped!

P.S. i suggest you check out Olay Sensitive Moisture Therapy Lotion: http://www.acne.org/olay-sensitive-moisture-therapy-lotion-reviews-576/ Just in case your current stuff isnt moisturizing enough or etc. This stuff makes my face super soft and takes away all dryness from using 2.5% BP leave-on-face medication. Also helps fade away acne scars, but mostly for moisturizing.

Good luck!


Week 55 on The Regimen!! (Just broke a year!) :banana: seeing great results! Was clear from all active acne, but fell off my routine and slightly relapsed :doh:(updated 2/17/15)

~My Regimen~
Morning ▼▼ Different from Night Routine/Regimen to keep skin from becoming too dry and flaky or oily and shiny during the day
1. Dan's Gentle Cleanser
2. Spot & patch treat with Dan's BP and if necessary, Dan's AHA+
3. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotionor Olay Moisturizing Lotion - Sensitive Skin[Also testing several Paula's Choice moisturizers/SPF to pick my new one]
4. Paula's Choice Shine Stopper
At Night ▼▼
1. Dan's Gentle Cleanser
2. Paula's Choice Hydralight Toner [Also testing Paula's Choice Skin Balancing, and Resist Toners]
3. Dans BP - 1.5 to 2 pump(s).
4. 1/2 Olay Moisturizing Lotion - Sensitive Skin 1/2 Dans AHA+ & half pump of Garnier Jojoba/Macadamia Oil
~Supplements/Vitamins (each daily)~
- 2000 IU Trader Joe's Vitamin D3 - two 1000 Iu capsule a day
- Target brand (Up & Up) Zinc 100mg - two 50mg cpasules a day
- CVS Chewable Vitamin C with Rose Hips 2000mg -two 1000mg tablets a day -Was previously taking Trader Joe's Synergistic C Vitamin C Complex
- Nature Made 16,000 IU Vitamin A -two 8000 IU capsules a day
- Trader Joe's Natural Papaya & Pineapple Enzymes -2 tablets a day -not really for skin, more for digestion
- One A Day VitaCraves Gummies + Immunity Support -2 gummies a day -mostly as a general multi-vitamin
- Schiff Digestive Advantage Probiotic Gummies -2 gummies a day -mostly for digestion
--Planning to add in some Vitamin B5, and possibly add Omega-3

Still trying to perfect my regimen. 'We all have different skin' ~YOUR MILEAGE WILL VARY!~ Customize your regimen/routine for your unique self :dan:


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Our bodies are amazing and they tell us whts good or harmful to our bodies so it reacts! I'm thinking your face is burning because your skin doesn't tolerate that moisturizer dump it in the trash and try something soothing something that you know your skin will thank you for it.gentle is really always best:) I hear its good to go with something that doesn't burn skin or eyes and doesn't irritate the skin you can do long term damage

I'm allergic to bp check that out

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I have the same problem and Im getting so frustrated with dermatologists because each one keeps making my issues worse. Ive had acne in my 40s and been given all sorts of expensive and irritating prescriptions that never worked. Finally I was put on antibiotics that worked. Then I started getting hyper pigmentation. I was told that I couldn't stay on my anti biotics and was taken off. First off, the first dermatologist didnt tell me about drug allergies and I had a major allergic reaction and rash that a year later and 5 dermatologists - most lately the head of a major university can't figure out. As for my face, I now have incredible redness and I wonder if thats because of being off anti biotics. I also feel incredible burning with even the gentlest moisturizer and my skin is soooooo sooooo red and as a male I cannot wear makeup. Im soooooo frustrated cuz i look like a tomato and the dr actually said youre skin looks good - youre not gonna look like a 14 year old. As for the acne, the benzoyl peroxide is very drying as are any prescription acne products they may give you (Ive noticed the doctors and their aestheticians only are familiar and promote what they sell) One thing that has miraculously helped my acne without the drying of benzoyl peroxide is Ahava Mud Soap. Its cheap , Ive used it once a day with a Cerave cleanser the other time and I have not had a major cystic acne break in 2 months. before t was a weekly occurrence and they told me to use benzoyl peroxide washes. I agree to try to limit that if you can't. Maybe use a lower percentage or use every other or 3rd day - or maybe just do some spot treatment. Im just afraid that my skin burns and whether its safe to use any moisturizer which is needed. Another thing Ive read a lot about (and did not burn when I tried it as a moisturizer) is Argan Oil. The idea of oil on your skin is scary to people with acne but I must admit I tried it and I didnt have any breakouts as a result and I hoped that it would be better because it was pure and natural and wouldn't have other ingredients that might cause irritation. Also realize that all these products are going to make you even more sensitive to skin so sunscreen, sunscreen , sunscreen every day and reapply is crucial.

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I would try salicylic acid instead of benzoyl peroxide to treat acne issues personally. BP is drying and has bactericidal affects yes, but salicylic acid exfoliates causing skin cells to shed easier. It opens clogged pores and neutralizes bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up again. It constricts pore diameter allowing new cell growth. Not to mention that it can help cure so many other things. Salicylic acid (from the studies I have read provided by the FDA and NCBI) isn't known to cause photosensitivity (sensitivity to the sun) but in fact is photoprotective.

If you decide to stick with BP then I agree with some of the other advice given. Maybe moved to a 2.5% concentration and gradually work your way up. The skin should develop tolerance in about a week. 

There are other options as well. It might be worth it to look into Micellar cleanser. It is said to cleans the skin without compromising the skins PH. 

I think it's important to note that because the body doesn't naturally produce water, only oil, over stripping the skin (dehydrating) can lead to making the acne worse. Whenever you feel that "tight" feeling after cleansing it's a potentially bad thing. It's your skins way of saying that it needs help. It will do the only thing it can...produce oil to try to remedy it. A toner will help to reset the skins PH disturbed by the cleanser/exfoliator. So I recommend a toner for after cleansing. Not to mention that it will also pick up any remnant traces of cleanser left on the skin. Toner is also a great mid-day refresher. A sort of pick-me-up.

As for the moisturizer make sure it doesn't have anything else in it like an AHA (glycolic acid) as it could aid in skin sensitivity and that it's oil free. Preferably geared towards hydration (because no matter your skin type or age we could all use hydration). Like previously mentioned by another, to an extent, it is a normal reaction when putting moisturizer on extremely dry skin that it can burn. It should dissipate though. It reminds me of when you move from extreme climates such as cold to hot. The skin burns but tapers off as the skin takes the time to adjust. 

In the original case indicated here though, my educated guess based upon the information given, is that what is being used is too astringent on the skin. The moisturizer just enables you to notice it. I hope this helps.

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