Publication date August 31, 2023
Is your skincare doing you more harm than good?
Having a good skincare routine can change the game of your skin and make you look youthful and glowing all day long. Following a skincare routine is intended towards making the skin better. But using the right kind of skincare products and the right amount of skincare products is equally important as it would determine if skincare will work in your favor or not.
Source: Northwestern Medicine
Sometimes, certain skincare products can cause more harm than good if they contain harsh ingredients, cause irritation, or are not suitable for your skin type. It's essential to choose products that are appropriate for your skin's needs, whether that's oily, dry, sensitive, or a combination skin type.
Everyone's skin is unique, so what works for one person might not work for another. It's a good practice to do patch tests when trying new products and to introduce new products gradually to see how your skin reacts.
Here are some signs that the skincare you are doing is doing you more harm than any good.
If you notice your skin becoming red, inflamed, itchy, or experiencing a burning sensation after applying skincare products, it could be a sign of irritation. This is a sign that the products are too strong for your skin or that you're experiencing an allergic reaction.
Breakouts and Acne
While some purging can occur when introducing new active ingredients like exfoliants, consistent and severe breakouts might indicate that your skincare routine is not working for your skin. The wrong products can clog pores or exacerbate existing acne. It can also create visible redness on your face.
Dryness or Excessive Oiliness
If your skin feels excessively dry, tight, and flaky after using certain products, they might be stripping your skin's natural oils. On the other hand, if your skin becomes overly oily, it could be a result of using products that are too harsh, leading to an overproduction of oil.
When you notice that your skin has become more sensitive over time, with even mild products causing redness or discomfort, it's a sign that your skincare routine might be contributing to this heightened sensitivity. It is highly likely that you could be going through sensitivity in the skin if you are using products that are allergic to your skin.
Worsening of Existing Conditions
If you have skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, and you notice that your symptoms are worsening after using certain skincare products and following a certain routine then it's possible that your skincare routine is doing you more harm than good.
Source: Everyday Health
While mild exfoliation can be beneficial, excessive peeling or flaking skin can indicate that your skin's moisture barrier has been compromised by your skincare routine. It is important to not go further than the exceeded limits your skin can tolerate. Once you notice these symptoms it's time to simplify your skincare routine by going back to the basics.
Uneven Skin Tone
Some skincare products can cause hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone if they are too aggressive or if you're not using proper sun protection after exfoliating your skin. In this case, a part of skincare may not be working for you and you must find a different exfoliator or need to add gentle and calming products in your skincare routine to balance it out.
Unpleasant Texture Changes
If your skin feels rough, bumpy, or has developed a strange texture after using certain products, it is highly possible that the skincare products you are using are actually doing you no good.
If you're experiencing any of these signs, it's a good idea to reevaluate your skincare routine. Consider consulting skincare professionals to get personalized advice and recommendations that cater to your skin's specific needs. Remember that introducing new products slowly and patch testing can help you identify any adverse reactions before incorporating them into your regular routine.