Why Is My Skin Suddenly Sensitive?

  • Posted on: Mar 30 2018
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Skin Care Manhattan, NYSometimes our skin seems to be suddenly mad at us, and we don’t immediately know why. Maybe you used a new cleanser and didn’t realize that it aggravated your skin until a few hours later. Perhaps you tried a new at-home chemical peel, but they’ve never bothered your skin before. Whether it’s a pesky ingredient you’re allergic to, or you’ve overdone it in the product department, our skin has ways of telling us when it’s time to take a break. Keep reading to learn about your skin and how to help it heal when you’ve angered it.

First, take some time to learn about your skin and how it functions. Damage to your skin barrier is not uncommon, especially in the current skincare climate. There are so many products that promise us flawless skin, and it’s hard to resist all those claims. As a result, many of us are switching products quickly or loading up on longer skincare regimens that introduce more active ingredients than our skin is used to.

Second, don’t be afraid to take a break from products if your skin is red, flakey, or sensitive. Having a go-to cleanser that doesn’t foam is important to keep your moisture barrier from being removed, as is washing with lukewarm water and not scrubbing too hard. Though it may seem like a huge reset, using only a cleanser, toner,  and a moisturizer for a while could help your skin recover faster than if you kept using a lot of different products and ingredients. It might be hard to resist using amazing products, but it’s better than causing more distress when your skin is stressed.

Third, it’s important to know when to call in the professionals. A qualified dermatologist can help you identify eczema, allergies, and other skin issues that may suddenly appear. Just because your skin is newly sensitive, it doesn’t guarantee that it’s just aggravation from a product (though that could be it). Checking with a dermatologist can help you pinpoint the issue and a solution more quickly.

If your skin is suddenly behaving differently, call us today at (312) 971-6902 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cheung.

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