I’m 31 years old and am currently suffering from hormonal imbalances. This is having an undesirable effect on my skin. My skin has now completely changed and it’s totally foreign to me. Historically, my skin has been blemish free and low maintenance, so I’m not sure where to begin. I’m having breakouts around my chin and jawline regularly. My chin and forehead are often dry. And I’m getting ‘goosebumps’ around my chin and mouth (almost like white fat deposits). I’d love some advice on how to help improve my teenage-like state. For instance, are oils my way forward and if so, how do I use them?
“There are many factors that contribute to the health of our skin. Having healthy skin is not a one size fits all approach. It’s important to assess your entire well being. Diet, stress, medications, incorrect products or hormones can all be variables when addressing acne.
Here are a few tips:
Often acne cleansers are too alkaline for the skin. This is the first mistake in starting your skincare regimen. Use a gentle cleanser that is not harsh or drying to the skin. When we experience breakouts we often try to dry out the skin, disrupting its acid mantle. Our skin naturally has a pH of 5.5. Look for a cleanser that has a pH between 4 and 5.
Don’t use aggressive scrubs or any at all. Scrubbing away at acne will not decrease breakouts. Instead you can create more inflammation and spread bacteria. Use a gentle exfoliant with salicylic and lactic acid as the active ingredients. This will help to unclog pores.
Use oils to balance the skin’s oil production. Face oils high in linoleic acid will help to reduce sebum production and make for fewer breakouts. If the skin has too little oil or excess oil, there’s an imbalance. Despite the skin type or condition, healthy skin is skin with a balanced barrier function. Oils can help support our barrier functions.
Patience and consistency with products is key. Remember that the skin is capable of healing and repairing itself with the proper tools. It’s not an overnight process and diligence is crucial.
Work with an experienced esthetician who understands acne and can support you achieving healthy skin.” – Crystal Greene.