Stop Using Retinoids
Retinoids and other products with active ingredients increase the sensitivity of the skin, which can put you at risk for permanent damage.
Avoid Exfoliating or Irritating Products
These include products with alpha-hydroxy acids, like glycolic acid; beta hydroxy acids, like salicylic acid; or benzoyl peroxide.
Stop Waxing or Laser Hair Removal
Refrain from using any methods to remove hair other than shaving; these can temporarily weaken the integrity of the skin’s barrier.