Oh no! Your date’s scruff looks so sexy, but what happens if he gives you stubble or beard burn?
If you know beforehand that you’re gonna be hooking up with a guy–and if he’s got scruff, for a few days after–avoid skincare products with acids, benzoyl peroxide, or retinol in them. A lot of acne products have salicylic or glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or retinol in them, and they can all irritate and dry out your skin even more when you’re already all scratched up.
If you do get some scratches from stubble, no fear! Dab on some cortisone cream if it’s itchy or irritated and switch to a gentle cleanser (think oil free, but still lotion-y instead of gel) til it clears up. Aloe vera gel and cool compresses will help soothe the burning sensation.
To cover redness, make sure your makeup doesn’t have any of the aforementioned ingredients (a lot of skin-clearing or oil-control foundations have salicylic acid) and just dab the red areas gently. If you rub it in, you’ll not only lose coverage, but you may also irritate your skin more (yikes!). You may also want to avoid any products with fragrance too, just to prevent more irritation or burning.