This new skin care product made me break out. Now What?


This new skin care product made me break out. Now What?

Ever tried a new skin care product only to break out immediately? You might be surprised to learn how normal that is. 

Almost everyone, sensitive skin or not, will have some reaction to a new product. If you're particularly dedicated to your usual routine or don't introduce new products that often, you're probably especially sensitive to new things.

Just like we do in life, our skin gets used to the things we put on it and needs an adjustment period when we introduce something new. That doesn't mean that you should throw away all of your new products and stick with your usual routine. In fact, slowly introducing products can help you build a bigger and better routine.

Here's what to do if you experience a break out after trying a new skin care product.

Don't Panic! 

Unless you're having a severe reaction like your skin is breaking out in hives or getting red hot, nothing serious is likely going on. Keep using the product as you were directed (or contact a skin care professional to be sure), and see if it eases over time. 

For certain breakouts, especially related to stronger ingredients, it could take a few weeks to clear up fully.

Be Aware of Certain Ingredients

Some ingredients in skin products are more intense than others. For instance, the following:

  • Salicylic Acid

  • Benzoyl Peroxide

  • Chemical Sunscreens

  • Vitamin C

  • Retinoid

  • Exfoliating Hydroxy Acids (AHAS, BHAS, PHAS)

These are super strong ingredients, especially for sensitive skin or someone that doesn't use these products regularly. With these, you should ease yourself into their use. Even if the bottle says to use it every day, try putting it on just two or three days a week to get your skin used to it. Over time, you should be able to start using it every day.

If you have sensitive skin, this will be trial and error. Keep testing the product to see what duration works best for you. The products will still make an impact even if you're not using it every day. 

Don't Try Too Many Things At Once

If you know your skin is likely to react, don't throw a ton of stuff at it at one time. Incorporate new products on different days of the week and ease yourself in. 

Give It Time

This type of reaction can take a week or two to clear up entirely. Unfortunately, it happens a lot with some of the most potent skin care products in our home care arsenal. As long as it's nothing severe, just let your skin clear naturally and keep testing out the product to see if it really works for you.

Usually, your skin will get used to things on its own, and you'll be able to continue using the new product without any issue. 

But don't forget, if you feel like something isn't right or see a severe reaction, you should see a doctor immediately. 

Additionally, for stronger products, it's best to consult with a skin care professional before starting a new routine. They can tell you the best way to ease yourself in, so the reaction isn't too much.

Trying a new product and have some questions? Want to test out a new routine? Contact Delaree at Perfect Vous for a consultation.