There's a pervasive myth in skincare today that "more is better." It's amazing how often we have clients coming to us with skin issues that have been exacerbated by the use of overly aggressive treatments, or the overuse of retinols and exfoliating products.
In light of this, it's crucial to have the right treatments and habits to keep the skin barrier supported and functioning at an optimal level. A healthy and well-maintained barrier equals healthy, glowing skin!
Here are the top 5 signs that you may have damaged your skin barrier:
Dryness and Dehydration: If your skin feels chronically dry, tight, or lacks moisture, it's a sign that your skin barrier may be compromised. A damaged barrier struggles to retain hydration, leading to increased water loss from the skin.
Redness and Irritation: Skin that appears red, inflamed, or easily irritated can be indicative of a weakened barrier. A healthy barrier protects against environmental irritants, and when it's compromised, the skin becomes more susceptible to these triggers.
Sensitivity: Increased skin sensitivity to skincare products, environmental factors, or even common ingredients is a common sign of a compromised barrier. Your skin may react more intensely to products that were once well-tolerated.
Flakiness and Peeling: A damaged skin barrier often results in flaky or peeling skin. This occurs because the skin's ability to shed dead cells and renew itself is impaired, leading to a buildup of dry, rough patches.
Breakouts and Acne: Paradoxically, a damaged skin barrier can also lead to breakouts and acne. When the barrier is compromised, it's easier for bacteria to enter the skin, potentially causing inflammation and acne.
If you're experiencing one or more of these signs, it's essential to take steps to repair and strengthen your skin barrier. This includes using gentle, hydrating skincare products, avoiding harsh ingredients, protecting your skin from UV radiation, and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. Consulting askincare professional can also provide you with personalized guidance and product recommendations to help restore your skin barrier to its optimal health.
What's the next step if you feel you may have a damaged skin barrier? We offer complimentary consultations so you can find out more. Call 250.590.5459 Today!