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One thing all dermatologists learn pretty early on is that no one has the same skin. From oily to dry to sensitive to combination to a mix of all four, every single person has different skin that behaves differently. This is why there are so many skin conditions that afflict people across the Southlake area. Unfortunately, that makes it more complicated to offer skincare advice, because there is no one-size-fits-all solution which is one great reason to consult a dermatology practice for help if your skin appears to be getting out of control.
Sensitive skin is not something that you want to mess around with, because you don’t want to deal with inflamed skin that scars permanently. One of the number one things that we see at our practice is people who want to know how to properly deal with their sensitive skin. Well-meaning clients come in to see us all the time after they tried a new product that left their face red and itchy, extremely dry, or actually caused a real reaction.
With so many products on the market figuring out an effective skincare routine without causing more problems can be a daunting prospect. However, it can be done. While it is always best to confer with a dermatology practice if you have any questions about how to properly take care of your skin, here are a few pointers that can help make daily facial care a bit less stress-inducing. All skincare routines are made up of four steps: cleanse, treat, moisturize, and protect. Here is a closer look at each so that you can build a regime that helps keep your face clear and fresh regardless of your age.
Choose the Right Cleanser
No doubt the beauty section of your local department store in the Southlake area is packed full of products that all offer great benefits. A lot of these are labeled for sensitive skin and hypoallergenic, but as anyone with sensitive skin knows, just because a product claims to be great for sensitive skin doesn’t mean it is. Therefore, you need to make sure you choose products carefully.
The first product you need to create a daily skincare routine is your cleanser. The point of a cleanser is to remove all bacteria, oil, makeup, etc from your face without stripping off the skin barrier. If you choose a product that is too harsh it will burn and likely break the skin barrier doing more damage than good. With this in mind, when it comes to cleansers usually you have the choice between liquid cleansers and bar soaps. Most practices will recommend that those with sensitive skin choose liquid cleansers because bar soaps tend to be harshing on the skin. However, while looking at liquid cleansers try to avoid those that foam or sud a lot as they tend to irritate the skin.
Treat Your Skin with Rejuvenating Serums
Once your skin is clean, you need to give it a boost with serums. Serums usually pack quite the punch because they are highly concentrated and can troubleshoot specific issues. In general, you should look for serums that are packed full of peptides, antioxidants, and vitamins. Even if you don’t have a specific skin problem that you want to address like acne, wrinkles, or dry skin, serums can be a great way to keep your face looking fresh and vibrant. People with sensitive skin may want to take a closer look at serums that have hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, and niacinamide because these all help keep the signs of aging at bay via hydration. Your dermatologist however will recommend you stay away from retinol or alpha-hydroxy acid serums if you have sensitive skin since these tend to dry out the skin. Schedule a visit to your dermatology practice if you have any questions.
Fix Up the Skin Barrier
Ideally, you will be able to complete the last two steps without breaking your skin barrier, but sensitive skin is known for being sensitive as the term implies. This means that your outer skin barrier may take more damage than you even realize. With this in mind, you need to make sure that you keep your skin hydrated at all times. Moisturizer is your best friend if you have sensitive skin. Dermatology practices almost always recommend cream-based moisturizers over lotions because they are the most effective when it comes to hydration. To get the most out of your moisturizer with sensitive skin, look for products that don’t contain any preservatives or fragrances. If you have issues with acne, then you will also need products that are non-comedogenic. Oftentimes if you suffer from acne the best thing you can do for your skin is schedule a visit at a dermatology practice.
Protect Your Skin
Finally, now that you have the basics down, you need to make sure that you protect your skin which is even trickier for sensitive skin. This is an area where advice from a professional dermatology office can really help because they probably have access to a wider range of products than you do. Obviously, sunscreen is a must because sun damage will quickly dry out and further damage sensitive skin, but the catch 22 is that many sunscreens can actually cause sensitive skin to become inflamed which is counterproductive.
The best way to approach this problem is by searching for products that do not contain chemicals because these ingredients are designed to absorb UV rays which further irritates the skin. Instead, sunscreens that are more basic than only contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide may be easier to tolerate. These actually leave a physical barrier on the skin that helps prevent the sun rays from watching the skin and tend to be easier to tolerate. In fact, these are the types of sunscreen that most dermatology offices recommend for young children because of the lack of chemicals.
If you have tried creating your own skin regime but are still having issues, then you need to consult a professional dermatology practice in the Southlake area. Compassion Dermatology is a local practice with trained dermatologists who can help you sift through your options and find an effective and safe skin regime for your sensitive skin.