Having a good skin care regimen is essential for your everyday routine so that not only do you feel and look good, but you can also avoid different ailments and discomforts that can come with poor skin care and hygiene. Sometimes, though, your skin care routine can end up being counterproductive if it’s not working for your lifestyle or skin type. Finding the best process that works for you may call for a dermatologist to check out your skin, but you might be wondering offhand if you need to switch things up already.
So, how do you know if you need to change it up? Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to try something different.
You’re breaking out.
Sometimes, a change in routine that targets your skin problems can cause a skin purge that results in pimples. That is natural and is different from a regular breakout. To be able to tell the difference, take note of when it appears and if it just as quickly goes away. A purge also often happens during the initial phases and in the usual spots where you often break out. If you experience a break out in an area usually clear and this occurs well into your usage of the products, it may be time to switch out.
You have milia.
If you have many small bumps on your face in clusters, this is likely milia. While lighter skincare products don’t usually act as the perpetrator of their formation, having them means that your skincare routine isn’t being competent enough to keep your keratin from building up too much. After all, their existence comes from excess keratin, which can also be caused by irritation from overly heavy creams and lanolin ingredients.
Your skin is too dry.
One of the visible signs you need to change up your routine is seeing too much dryness or flakiness on your skin. That could mean that either your products are not hydrating your skin enough or that they may even be causing this dryness because of irritation or harsh chemicals and components.
Your skin is getting oilier.
On the flip side, you may also become too oily because of skincare that doesn’t work for you. That can happen from over-exfoliating, skipping out on moisturizing, and using heavy creams. It should also be noted that washing your face too often can also ironically make your skin produce more oil.
Your skin is becoming more sensitive.
This sign has different manifestations. You can either be sensitive in the sense that your skin is reacting adversely to products that used to be just fine, or it can be a case of feeling tender or even a little painful to the touch. If you feel any sensations that aren’t meant to be sensed, it’s time to ditch what you’re doing immediately.
You can also gauge this with how your skin reacts to changes in weather and the like. While it’s natural for your skin to respond to these shifts, take care to see if it’s notably more sensitive to such things, and you may need to have a more comprehensive routine.
Once you’ve figured out the best routine that works for you, it’s fine to stick by it as long as it works. If you ever want to switch things up, it may be wise to consult a dermatologist first to make sure that you don’t end up having more problems.