I break out easily… Does that mean I have sensitive skin?
It is common that most of my clients say they have sensitive skin because they constantly break out or have redness and irritation after using certain products. After doing a skin analysis, in most cases, they do NOT have sensitive but have actually sensitized their skin due to improper product usage and over exfoliation, which causes disruption in the acid mantle. Another way to view this is that it causes superficial cracks in the protective layer of your skin. You may have heard the saying “barrier repair” which is the same as acid mantle or protective layer. Even when your skin is dry and dehydrated it compromises the protective layer causing these cracks which leads to breakouts, inflammation, redness, stinging and itching.
Steps to take to repair your barrier and combat sensitive skin….
•Avoid using any products with fragrance or perfumes
•Do not over cleanse and over exfoliate. Less is more! You want to repair your protective layer by hydrating, moisturizing and using sun protection.
•Do a spot test on new products. You can do this by applying the product on your neck and leave for 24 hrs. If redness, blistering, itching and stinging occur, discontinue, as the product may not be right for you. There may be an ingredient that you are allergic to.
•Do not try several products at once. Introduce your skin to one product at a time. Just as mothers introduce new foods slowly to infants to make sure they can pinpoint what they may be allergic to, you must treat your skin within the same manner.
•Do not wash your face with anything that leaves your skin feeling tight and dry. Avoid products with Sulfate in them as they are used to foam and create suds and will only further damage the skins protective layer by over drying it. (Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate)
•Use a vitamin C serum daily. Vitamin C helps to reduce inflammation, suppress free radical activity, brighten dark spots and reduce the appearance of aging skin by producing collagen. There are several different forms of Vitamin C. If you have become irritated when using vitamin C before, you need to switch to a better formula. Check out our Vita C serum, which is made from the most stable for of Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate)
If you continue to become red and irritated, see a dermatologist so they can determine if you have Rosacea.