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The skin is more than our bodyâ€™s largest organ. â€œIt also plays an important role as a barrier to UV exposure, physical trauma, and infection, and it also regulates temperature and water loss,â€ explains Miami dermatologist Christopher Oâ€™Connell, MD. Symptoms of a compromised skin barrier include stinging, burning, redness, peeling and inflammation, and if left untreated, can progress to fissures, cracks and worse yet, bleeding and infection.
According to Dr. Oâ€™Connell, gentle skincare including a mild cream cleanser and moisturizer, as well as avoiding prolonged water exposure and extreme heat or cold are the best ways to soothe sensitivity associated with