If you have sensitive skin or are prone to blemishes and breakouts, incorporating new skin care products into your routine can be scary! Even if you choose products for your skin type, it is hard to know how your skin will respond!
The first thing to do with a new skin care product, is to patch test it. Especially if you are trying several new products at once, it is hard to tell which might be causing a reaction if there is one! It’s hard to resist using a new product right away, but a patch test would be a good step if you have allergic or sensitive skin. Testing on the side of your neck is a good starting point as the skin there is thinner and generally more reactive. Synthetic perfume or fragrance is the most likely ingredient to cause a reaction. If you ever have a reaction, apply cold plain yogurt to the affected area. Leave it on for fifteen minutes, rinse, and repeat every three hours.
Introduce new products slowly. Even after a patch test with no negative reaction, it is a good idea to only test out one new product every five days. That way, if there is a negative reaction, you will know exactly which product cause it, and you can use this information to guide your future skin care purchases.
Finally, consult a skin care professional, like any of our staff at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado. Do not self diagnose your own skin. Clearly communicate your concerns, and allow a trusted skin care professional with years of experience to help you choose the products that will work best for your skin. Contact us today to discuss your skin care needs and let us make some product and service recommendations specifically for you!