Have you ever bought a new product claiming to be able to rid you of XYZ?
It’s both an emotional and physical battle we go through when the skin on our face is not in the position we want it to be. We desperately try to overcompensate for lost time or try hurry the process up to achieve flawless skin. This is only sometimes, a path that leads to disaster.
I’ve personally been a little too heavy handed on applying products to my face that have caused a less than perfect result in a bid to hurry up the process.
Over exfoliating your face is more common than you would think. So if you’re reading this, you’ve come to the right spot.
You Will Need To Keep In Mind The Following
- Patience is a virtue – It takes 28 days for your skin to naturally turn over skin cells/heal from the damage.
- Time heals all wounds – Unfortunately it won’t be an overnight quick fix but in time your skin will get better.
Causes of Over-Exfoliation & Skin Dehydration
- An allergic reaction to a product
- Receiving a chemical burn due to chemical exfoliation or a chemical/ingredient in a product in general
- Abrasive exfoliation due to over-use of facial brushes or harsh scrubs
Symptoms of Over-Exfoliated & Dehydrated Skin
- Hot to the touch
- Visible wrinkles
- Dry patches
- Flaky skin
- Bumps of any shape or size
- Cracked skin
- Crusting or oozing
So What Do I Do Now?
You will have to ultimately ‘baby’ your skin back to health. As damage to your moisture barrier has already occurred, your main objective is to soothe the skin as much as possible to alleviate the above symptoms. You’ll notice your skin may be red, pink, or even feeling hot to the touch and you may even have some red blood vessels poking around. Your skin will be a weird mix of oily and dry. Meaning so dehydrated your skin feels dry but it’s getting mighty oily just as much due to your skin wanting to restore all moisture back to the skin’s surface. It’s not a great place to be.
Get Balanced Skin Again
- Gently cleanse once a day – A gentle, fragrance-free cleanser can help remove any germs or bacteria on the face. Don’t over do it though, this may be best as a PM step.
- Moisturise repeatedly – Use a deeply nourishing, fragrance-free moisturiser that will aid in skin rejuvenation. Look for ingredients such as, Hyaloronic Acid and gel moisturisers to cool down the skin.
- Microfiber Cloth – Fill a bowl with some fridge cold water, a couple of ice cubes and soak a microfiber cloth in it and apply to your face. This helps to bring down the redness of blood vessels (this is probably a good first step after the initial symptoms arise avoid icy water after)
- Apply sunscreen – I recommend patch testing a small area of your face before going in all over as your skin as it may not be ready for sunscreen just yet.
- Seek medical attention – If you’re unsure, please seek help from a professional.
- Using chemical physical exfoliants such as AHA’s and BHA’s which dry the skin further – Yes you may have other skin woes, but for now, your journey to flawless skin must end until your skin can handle the pressure to withstand stronger products.
- The urge to scrub dead, flaky skin off – It’s looking that way because it’s already exfoliated, so don’t continue to damage the skin by doing this.
- ANY product with a mile long list of ingredients – The potential for further irritation at this point is a 10 on the scale. You could even create an allergy to something your not normally allergic to just because your skin is compromised. So take this as a warning.
- Sun exposure – Sun always has the potential to damage and it can cause more damage when your moisture barrier isn’t balanced.
- Icy cold or scalding hot water – Wash your face and body with luke-warm/tepid water. I mention body here because the steam in a very hot shower can dry your skin out further.
- Occlusives – While they will do an awesome job creating a layer to seal in moisture, this may not be the time to use them. They can potentially trap bacteria and germs under the skins already fragile and damaged surface. Avoid them until your skin heals to prevent infections.
- Makeup/Cosmetics – They will just clog your pores and your skin needs time to rest from all irritating substances so avoid it as much as possible.
I truly hope you’ve found this information useful, remember to take care and time while your skin heals. Love your health.
Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Aesthetician, I just love skincare and health and love sharing what I learn with you. Always speak to your healthcare professional when unsure. None of the information provided is substitute for an actual consultation with your healthcare professional.