For most of us, quarantine gave us the much-needed free time to go through numerous skincare tips and create the perfect skincare routine that our skin will love. While some people have noticed a visible change for the better, for others, on the other hand, it’s the opposite. If you fall in the latter category and are still facing the same skin issues or have developed new ones, no need to panic as this is normal. Sometimes, our skin can reject even the best and most popular skincare products.
The only thing you can do in such situations is to stop using the products or change your entire skincare routine. While this is the most obvious answer, unfortunately, some believe the saying that "it needs to get worse for it to get better." When it comes to your skin, most of the time, this is not the case. If you feel like your skincare routine is doing you more harm than good, you need to stop it ASAP to prevent any further skin damage.
The sad truth is that no matter how much time and effort you put into creating a meticulous skincare routine with the best products available in the market, there's a chance your skin might not accept it. So, how do you know if your skin routine isn’t doing what it’s supposed to? Well, if you’re facing any of the 4 signs listed below, it’s clear that your skincare routine is not working for you.
Your skin takes time to adapt to a new product so it's common to spot a pimple or two while trying out a new skincare routine. The actual problem arises when these pimple increase in number even after 2 or 3 weeks of religiously following the skincare regimen. This is a clear telltale sign that whatever you’re doing or using is not working for your skin.
If you are tired of dealing with the acne, switch to non-comedogenic or water-based moisturisers to tackle those pesky pimples.
If you notice newly developed patches on your skin, this is a major red flag. Although new pigmentation is not a very common reaction to skincare products, it does happen while using skin brightening products. This may be happening because you are using products with active ingredients in them and not protecting your skin with adequate SPF. If you’ve noticed uneven skin tone, you need to step back, assess the ingredients and your sunscreen habits. If you have been religiously applying SPF and your products are still leaving behind pigmentation, it may be time to get rid of the product!
As you know by now, your skin type never remains the same. Many factors can result in this change and skincare products are one of them. If you find your T-zone area producing more oil than usual, then you are probably using the wrong products. Many who use oil-control products or exfoliate too often are more prone to facing this skin issue since you're stripping away the natural oils needed to keep the skin hydrated. This leads to the production of excess sebum by the sebaceous glands which result in greasy or oily skin.
If oily skin is what you’re dealing, then switch to skincare products with water-boosting ingredients to keep the skin hydrated and soft while eliminating the production of excess sebum.
If your skin starts to burn or sting after you’ve applied a certain product, it may be a sign that you need to stop using it immediately. Unless your product has active ingredients like glycolic or lactic acid, mild stinging for a few seconds is normal. But if the burning sensation is severe, chances are that your skin isn't responding well to the ingredients in your product and it might be causing an allergic flare-up. In such cases, it’s best to consult your dermatologist in order to get a better understanding of your skin and the right products to use.
If you are facing any of these skin issues, it’s high time you change your skincare routine.
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