Updated 6/16/20 These days, it is in style for many men to have a bit of facial stubble, so you see a lot of men having a few days’ growth. For the girlfriends and wives of these men, particularly those with sensitive skin, this can leave their faces red and irritated after kissing. Add in the fact that you may also be using exfoliating products in your skin care routine (such as acids, enzymes, facial scrubs, and professional chemical peels) or even retinol/retinoids, and this can definitely make the skin more vulnerable to irritation. So how can you help prevent this, short of cutting out kissing?
Why Does Facial Stubble Cause Irritation?
When a man’s facial stubble brushes up against a woman’s skin, it is actually a form of exfoliation (albeit an irritating form). The stubble can actually poke little holes in the skin, creating cracks in the skin’s moisture barrier. This allows moisture to escape, and irritants to get in more easily.
What Can I Do About It?
If possible, prior to kissing, apply a good, rich moisturizer on the face to provide a protective barrier to lessen skin irritation. However, putting on moisturizer prior to kissing is not always practical, so sometimes the best thing is to focus on calming the skin after the fact. Look for a moisturizer that contains lipid-rich oils such as Ceramides and Jojoba Oil, as these can aid in skin repair. Renée Rouleau Phytolipid Comfort Creamrepairs the protective barrier while providing calming, anti-inflammatory relief for red, irritated, and sensitive skin.
When you cleanse, be sure to use a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser. When the skin is already irritated, using a harsh, detergent-based cleanser will only exacerbate the irritation. If you prefer, you can use a gentle cleansing lotion with soothing ingredients like chamomile.
Kisses are a fun part of life, so care for your skin in the right way, and you won’t ever have to worry about missing out!
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