We don’t need to tell you that anything other than smooth, hydrated, glowing skin is a nuisance. No matter if the issue is acne, rosacea, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis or some other form of flaking or inflammation, it’s frustrating, uncomfortable and can often impact self-esteem in serious ways. While the solution isn’t always as easy as changing a skin care regimen, examining the ingredients on the back of your favorite products is a good place to start.

“While everyone has individualized needs based on their skin and lifestyle factors, like diet and stress, our most versatile tip for eliminating rashes is to avoid key inflammatory ingredients, many of which are commonly found in ‘calming’ and ‘clarifying’ skin solutions,” says Barbara Close, esthetician and founder of Naturopathica.

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