Beauty Products Can Cause Problems if Overused
Today, it’s easier than ever to become educated on and even order beauty products thanks to the internet. In fact, it’s so easy that some might use too many products for their skin without knowing. Unfortunately, the adage the more, the merrier doesn’t apply to skin-care.
Overtreating your skin can have adverse effects on the appearance of your skin and its health. Need to know how to tell if you’re overdoing it? Here are a few signs to look out for.
Rashes and Hives
If you find your skin red, bumpy, inflamed, or itchy, it could be one of your products causing a flare-up.
Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills says that rashes can appear from the preservatives, acrylates, or fragrances inside beauty products.
If you’re experiencing any of these problems, take out any extraneous products that tend to have more fragrance or extravagance overall. Hopefully, the rash will go away.
Your Skin Feels Tight
If your skin feels taut, it could be your products sapping away moisture from your skin. Simplification of your routine should help with this problem.
According to Heather Wilson, director of brand development at InstaNatural, and Aesthetician, it’s important to take note of any tightness. This could impair the health of your skin and cause extra oil production, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. Look at the pH balance of your products and look for those that contain natural-based and gentle surfactants.
Skin Irritation after Exfoliation
There are many ways one can exfoliate: using scrubs, acids, brushes, retinol creams, microdermabrasion, and more. However, employing more than one method could cause itchy, flaky, red, or eve sun-sensitive skin.
Excessive Breakouts on Your Skin after Using New Beauty Products
Even though we typically want to pile on a product when experiencing a breakout, it could be the very thing causing it. If you’re using too much, however, it could make the problem worse. Sejal Shah, the founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, says that the use of too many acne-fighting products can often be counterproductive.
When overused, they dry the skin too much and can irritate as well which leads to more breakouts.
Shiny but Not Oily Skin
If you experience this sign, it could be due to over-exfoliation. Skin that is over-exfoliated tends to have lost more dead skin cells on the surface than is ideal. Founder of skin startup Curology, David Lortscher says a bit of roughness to the surface of the skin is necessary so light is scattered, and we can avoid shine.
Too Much Oil on Skin
This symptom could be related to your body overcompensating for dryness. The moisture levels for your skin are always in delicate balance.
If your skin suddenly starts producing more oil, the first thought many have is to get out the oil-reducing products and add them to the already extreme routine.
Often, this could be a critical mistake as the oil is merely a side effect of over-drying.
Should you experience more oil than usual, it could be helpful to decrease how much oil-absorbing care products you have in your routine. Wilson says to look for gel-cream moisturizers and serums infused with hyaluronic acid. This provides hydration without the oil.
Before adding anything new to your regimen, try to remove products that cause dryness to your skin.