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Learn from experience Remember when you used a friend’s benzoyl peroxide-based touch stick for zits and woke up with your eyes swollen shut? Or that time you used a powerful mud mask and your face burned for hours? You might want to forget these episodes as soon as possible, but don’t. “Listen to your skin and pay attention to what has caused irritation in the past,” says Jonathan Kantor, MD, medical director at the Florida Center for Dermatology, in Augustine, Florida. Don’t dismiss any skin reactions you’ve previously had, no matter how major or minor it seemed at the time. It’s important to keep track of past triggers, which may range from beauty products to household chemicals, so you can...

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