Has anyone ever asked you, “What are your skin concerns?”, and immediately and thought to yourself, “I don’t have any concerns about my skin”. Rest assured that when an Esthetician asks you that question, it’s not that we are assuming your skin is problematic; it’s because to us, a skin concern is defined as anything that occurs within the skin that is outside the realm of what typical, “normal skin” looks like.
So what’s the difference? Skin type is what you are born with, it’s a part of your DNA and cannot be changed no matter what you do to it, or what products you use. A skin concern is just that, a temporary or ongoing concern that is associated with your specific skin. For instance, one can’t have dry skin AND oily skin because dry skin doesn’t produce oil, and oily skin doesn’t get dry. Sure, it may get dehydrated, (we’ll learn the difference later down the road). but never can it be dry.
As you recall, we learned how to identify our skin type in previous posts. But today, we are focusing on two of the most common skin concerns. Acne and hyperpigmentation.
Acne is caused by several factors- hormones, environmental stressors (pollutions etc.), overactive sebaceous (oil) glands, diet, using grooming items made for combination or dry skin, as well as over the counter/prescriptions medication.
The reason they are typically grouped them together is because hyperpigmentation (dark marks/scars) usually occurs as a result of picking acne lesions on the surface of the skin. MORAL OF THE STORY… DON’T BE A PICKER! 😉
When dealing with acne, a holistic approach is best! Eat leafy greens, drink LOTS of water, exercise, and use products that embody the delicate balance of oil control, yet non-stripping is KEY!
1.) Use a cleanser, spot treatment and moisturizer with a water or gel formula-
2.) Use peel pads instead of a scrub for exfoliation to remove dead skin and minimize texture. Just one pad 3 days a week does the trick!
3.) Use a vitamin C serum to prevent future dark marks to lighten and brighten dark marks
4.) Use a sunscreen with an SPF of AT LEAST 85 to prevent existing dark marks from getting darker.
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