When your skin burns or stings after applying a topical product, that's your nociceptors (also called pain receptors) indicating that the product is irritating and potentially harming the skin. Because inflammation often accompanies irritation, it's a sign that the product may be disrupting the skin barrier.
Why does skincare sting sometimes?
A sting is an inflammatory reaction to something that has been applied topically. The skin on the face has nerve fibers that are close to the skin's surface. When a skin care product is applied to the face that is either not agreeable with your skin or one that has a lower pH, you'll get varying degrees of sensation.
Why does my skin burn when I put product on it?
This is because there are cracks in your protective barrier, which exposes your nerve endings and makes you feel super sensitive. It's kind of like putting something on broken skin—it stings when it wouldn't normally.
Should I stop using a product if it burns my skin?
If you feel any skin burns, press pause on all your strong skincare products like retinol, salicylic acid, or glycolic acid immediately.
Should I stop using moisturizer if it burns?
Sensitive skins in particular are at risk of suffering from this, so choose your moisturiser with care. If you feel like your face is stinging or burning after application – wash it off immediately!
Why does my skin sting when I put on makeup?
Hear this out loudPauseOne, called irritant contact dermatitis, happens when something actually damages your skin. Your skin might burn, sting, itch, or get red right where you used the product. You might get blisters and have oozing, especially if you scratch. The other kind of reaction actually involves your immune system.