DIY skincare is hot right now, and for good reason. Your face is one of the first things that others take note of, and a skincare regimen to protect your youthful glow is one way to make a great first impression. One of the major downsides to DIY skincare is increasing the sensitivity of the skin. This can be caused by trying out a wide range of skincare products that work for others but not for you. Not only can this get expensive, it can cause serious damage to your skin. Don’t end up with sensitive skin — make an appointment at Laser Skin Solutions Jacksonville first.
Dermatologists and aestheticians go through formal schooling to learn about the skin, common (and not-so-common) skin problems, and different methods of treating it. While an internet forum might be able to give some broad guidelines as to skincare routines, you might also get some very bad advice — and even cause your skin to become more sensitive! Below are three of the most common causes of sensitive skin and how to avoid them.
Overly Harsh Chemicals
One of the biggest problems with DIY skincare is the idea that “more is more.” More active ingredients are better, right? Not necessarily. Many people fall into this pitfall, mixing powerful chemical exfoliants with daily physical exfoliants in the morning and the evening. Exfoliants are designed to strip off the outer layer of dead skin, revealing the fresh new skin below – but if you over-exfoliate, you’ll start rubbing the skin off faster than your body can regenerate it. This can cause sensitivity to other products as well as to the sun. Consult with Dr. Lezaic in order to find a skincare regimen that’s right for you.
Not Wearing Sunscreen
Avoiding sunscreen is one of the most common sensitive skin causes, and it can also be dangerous. Our experts recommend applying SPF 30 sunscreen every day you plan to be outside, even if you’re just walking between your parking lot and your office building – and increasing the SPF for days you plan to spend an extended amount of time outdoors. Sunlight literally burns your skin, and even minor sunburns can cause skin to become more sensitive. Always use sunscreen, no matter what.
Yes, that’s right – skin that is too dry can become more sensitive than skin that is properly hydrated. As skin dries out, it can no longer protect its nerve endings adequately, causing greater sensitivity. An over-the-counter moisturizer might do the trick, but you should schedule an appointment with our professionals to discover what is right for you.
In order to ensure that you’re getting the best care for your skin, contact the professionals at Laser Skin Solutions Jacksonville before starting any skincare routine. Dr. Lezaic and our team offer Obagi products to soothe sensitive skin — no matter the cause. So why wait? Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and see if Obagi is right for you!