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With a blend of both hydrating and exfoliating ingredients, Pharmaskincare Multi-Gly Skin Relief Cream ($49) does the job of a standard moisturizer, but also takes it one step further, adding hydrocortisone to help soothe irritated and itchy skin.
Key Ingredients: Glycolic acid, vitamins, coQ10 and hydrocortisone
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A breakout, an overly aggressive new skin care product, a strange allergic reaction—these are just a few of the things that can leave skin itchy, red, and looking and feeling less than pretty. In these cases, hydrocortisone is the go-to, dermatologist-recommended ingredient, but most over-the-counter cortisone creams don’t necessarily feel the greatest on your face. Enter the Pharmaskincare Multi-Gly Skin Relief Cream, an effective moisturizer that just happens to contain hydrocortisone, too.
First, the moisturizing part: A line-up of hydrating ingredients—glycerin, coQ10 and sunflower seed oil—give this it’s thick and creamy texture. (Though despite the rich consistency, it still absorbs instantly with a nonsticky finish.) There’s also glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and keep skin healthy and glowy. Yes, please. A blend of organic extracts—lavender and chamomile—give it a clean and fresh scent. All of this would be reason enough to use it as a moisturizer, but the addition of calming hydrocortisone makes it ideal for any kind of skin irritation.
As the queen of sensitive skin, I’m constantly dealing with some kind of rouge rash or redness. While cortisone cream does the job, I don’t love how it feels on my face, and requires using a nonirritating moisturizer on top. This formula is a one-stop-shop. I dabbed it on some red bumpy patches that had cropped up around my nose, and it almost instantly made my skin both look and feel better. And while it’s obviously great for the face, I’ve also used it on my body (the backs of my knees during a recent eczema flare) with equally great results. Because it does contain 1 percent hydrocortisone, it’s best not to use this as your daily moisturizer, but for times when your skin needs a little extra soothing, this can’t be beat.
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