August 23, 2020
Everyone wants smooth, glowing skin. Especially a skin that feels fresh and young. That’s why there are so many products for many types of skin.
In this post. I’ll focus on acne treatment for sensitive skin, explain why your skin might be sensitive and what you can do without needing to use many products.
What might be causing your acne and sensitive skin?
It is common to have acne and oily skin. These two are often associated, and the acne is due to sebum production, which clogs the pores. Usually, the treatment given focuses on cleaning the pores and reducing sebum production.
The products used are usually oil-free. Some can be drying agents, worsening your skin and making it more sensitive.
Sometimes, the most common treatments are counterproductive because even if your skin appears oily and you have acne, your skin might be dry.
Oily and dry skin.
You might wonder, how is it possible to have both dry and oily skin?
Well, it is common and there are two factors on why your skin might be like that.
Combination skin: It’s a type of skin, and it’s the awful hybrid between oily and dry skin. The T-zone of the faces is oily, while the outer side of the face is dry. While it may seem hard to have a good skincare regimen for this type of skin, the care can be simple.
Drying products: As I mentioned, the most common cause of acne is the excess of sebum. It might even be your case, but the products you are using to treat your acne can cause your sensitive skin. Either by an allergic reaction to the ingredients or for the drying effect they have on your skin.
Dry skin can cause Oily skin.
So maybe your skin is dry because of the products. Or you haven’t noticed it because it’s producing a lot of oil, so you thought you had oily skin.
Having dry skin and passing as oily skin is more common than one may think. The reason for this is that when the skin is dry, it will produce sebum to compensate for dehydration and as protection for your skin.
The issue? Your skin is still dehydrated and your pores are getting clogged and possibly causing your acne AND sensitive skin.
I have a friend from my university that used to have terrible acne. She would have many treatments, eat healthily, and drink a lot of water. Yet still, she had acne for many years, although some times it would clear, and then it would come back even worse.
So what happened? She had dry skin. It was around the third dermatologist she went to when she found out she had dry skin, and it produced oil as protection.
At that point, her skin was terrible, because of external factors like the dry season and the treatment she had (which was drying for the skin). After that, she changed her treatment to one that was less aggressive, and that made wonders to her skin.
Should you go to your dermatologist?
Before reading about the treatments and what you can do to help your skin. You should know if you should go to a dermatologist.
- You have tried all the possible home treatments that ever existed and it remains the same or worse.
- You feel uncomfortable with your skin, and it’s more sensitive than normal.
- You think the reason for your acne is more than the common reasons (dermatitis, psoriasis, etc.).
- Your acne is severe, and it comprises nodules and cysts.
Those are some reasons. Even if it’s not your case for those reasons, but you have a hunch and think you should go to a dermatologist. You definitely should.
Always follow your gut, and if you think there’s something wrong, and it shows in your body (in this case as acne) you can never be too careful.
At the end of the day. Skin is the largest organ of the body and its main function is to protect. Your skin is your shield, so love it and care for it.
Acne treatment for sensitive skin.
Knowing that the most probable cause for your acne sensitive skin is that your skin is dry. The most logical step is to hydrate the skin.
Some people might fear of worsening the issue by not using drying products. But there are excellent skin products that are oil-free and soothing for the skin. Besides this, I’ll show you how you can keep your acne treatment, but with a slight twist to lessen your sensitive skin and eliminate your acne.
- Keep your skin hydrated: It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have. As I just showed you, you have to keep your skin hydrated.
- Less is more: Try not to use an extreme quantity of products and use only the necessary. The products you use should be hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Some of the best products are those with the fewest ingredients.
- Cleanser: Try to use a gentle face cleanser and don’t over wash your skin. I recommend you wash your skin two times per day, and in the morning, wash your face with only water.
- Avoid exfoliating: Exfoliating will irritate your skin even more. If your acne treatment includes exfoliating, try exfoliating only once a week, until your sensitive skin feels better.
- Moisturizer: You should use a fragrance-free moisturizer, that is not oil-based. You should put your moisturizer right after cleansing your face to lock-in the moisture.
- Reduce the use of certain products: Certain skin products are great for acne or skin in general. They might be a bit harsh for sensitive skin. In this case, just like the exfoliator, you should consider reducing its use. For example, Retinoids are great. But it can be drying for the face. So instead of using it every night, you should use it on alternate days, or only leave it between 10 and 15 minutes.
- Drink a lot of water: It’s important to remain hydrated. It will not only help with your acne situation, but your skin will be able to heal better.
- Aloe gel: It has been proven that one of the proprieties of Aloe Vera is that it helps with healing, and scaring. So you should use it from time to time or add it to your skincare regimen.
- Avoid the sun: Sun exposure will worsen your acne. It will make your skin even more sensitive and leave marks and scars. You should always use sunscreen and try to avoid being in the sun for a long time.
What should you avoid or don’t do?
- Don’t mix certain products: Using many products targeted for acne doesn’t mean it will be more effective, or even effective at all. Going back to the retinoid example. If you use them, then you should reduce or stop the use of other drying agents such as salicylic acid.
- Don’t rub or scrub your face: Instead, you should gently pat your face when drying it.
- Don’t touch your face: Hands are dirty. The dirt will clog your pores, and if you are pocking your pimples, you can leave everlasting marks on your face.
- Avoid irritants: If you feel that a certain product such as your make up is irritating your skin, then you should avoid it.
Always take care of your skin. You should always maintain your skin hydrated, no matter what type of skin you have. Avoid or reduce irritant products and most importantly, love your skin. Stressing will only worsen your condition, so just relax and follow these tips. You’ll see that little by little your skin will get better.
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