A Guide To Problem Skin And Skincare Products
If you have problem skin it can feel like a whole section of the beauty market is not for you. It’s a disheartening feeling – like you are having to miss out on the exotic-smelling lotions and potions, the new experimental treatments, even the anti-aging products that offer a foundation of youth in a jar.
So rather than miss out, it’s time to see things differently. Your skin condition is not going to hold you back for a moment longer – you just need to know how to pick products that your skin is going to be happy to tolerate.
Sensitive Skin or Overuse?
Many women assume they do have sensitive skin, but they’re actually causing the problem themselves. An overuse of harsh exfoliators and acid treatments can mean that skin is annoyed and sore, but it’s actually just the products that are being selected.
If you suspect this might be the case, tone down your skincare routine and use a cold cream for cleansing and a simple oil – such as grapeseed – for moisturizing. Give it a week and you might find your skin bounces right back and can no longer be considered ‘sensitive’ – you just have to be careful not to overdo it with the harsh products!
For any kind of skin condition, exfoliation is both a blessing – in that it can help ease the condition – and a curse, because if you go too far then it’s going to hurt. The most important thing is that you do it. Exfoliation is essential for skin health, encouraging cell turnover and buffering away dead skill cells that might be irritating the epidermis.
If you have sensitive skin or rosacea, try and look for exfoliant products that have fine particles rather than rough scrubs. For eczema and psoriasis, you can get away with larger particles so long as you use them gently. When it comes to learning how to exfoliate psoriasis and eczema, the best guide is usually your skin itself. The moment it starts to hurt, stop and apply a soothing moisturizer.
Learn Your Triggers
Whatever your skin condition, you need to learn the things that can trigger a flare. While this is an important step for all conditions, it has a particular necessity for those with rosacea, a little-known skin condition that causes the face to become tight, red, and very sore.
Triggers for problem skin tend to be rather individual, so keep a diary of flares and see if you can trace the route of each one. For a starter point, common triggers for a skin flare-up in these cases include:
- Artificial fragrance or perfume – read the packaging of any product you decide to try.
- Essential oils, especially those in the mint family (which includes lavender)
- Products with high acid compounds. Look out for names like glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid – both of which are common in anti-ageing treatments. This doesn’t mean you can’t use them, just that you need to ensure they are not above 2% strength in the overall formation.
Luckily, more and more products are being produced that are friendly to those with problem skin. So learn your triggers, learn your skin, and you’ll be glowing just like everyone else in no time.