I didn’t always have sensitive skin. Growing up, my skin was breakout-free, wrinkle-free and didn’t really react harshly to any of the mostly-harsh products I lathered on it. I didn’t realize how lucky I was, and I definitely took it all for granted. It wasn’t until I started developing cystic acne in my early 20’s that everything started to change. My skin, which was once so easy going, suddenly reacted to almost everything I put on it. Every product I tried would make my skin super dry and flaky. Or red and inflamed. And my acne kept getting worse. And once I started treating my acne with prescription medications, my skin became even more sensitive. And now, many years later, although my acne is gone, it seems that the sensitivity is here to stay.
When my skin started changing and becoming more acne-prone, I thought that maybe my pores were super clogged. I bought all of these harsh face scrubs, and the worse my acne got, the more I’d scrub and scrub. It turns out, this was only irritating my skin, creating more and more breakouts. Exfoliation is extremely important because it gets rid of dead skin cells and encourages the growth of new skin cells, which helps get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, and evens out skin tone, but it’s only effective if done sparingly and gently. No one should exfoliate more than once (maybe) twice a week, and if you have super sensitive skin like me, avoid all harsh face scrubs. Here are my three favorite products that gently exfoliate, and don’t irritate my sensitive skin:Read More