Just like drastically restricting your diet will leave you hungry, and saying yes to that third margarita on Thursday night will leave you hungover, finding balance in your life can be a hard thing. But, when it comes to the topic of breakout-prone skin, apparently balance is exactly what we should all be striving for.
So, step away from those harsh, pimple fighting products, and keep reading as we chat to Joanne Healy, Aspect Skincare's National Educator and Product Development Manager, about why successfully tackling breakouts should first start with bringing the skin back into harmony.
Is It More Common For Breakout Prone Skin to Be Imbalanced and Why Is It Important to Address This Imbalance Before Introducing More Aggressive Treatments?
Yes, it is common for breakout-prone skins to have an impaired skin barrier function which creates sensitvity leaving the skin open to irritants and opportunistic organisms. This environment creates an imbalance of the skin's natural flora and oils eventually leading to breakouts. It is crucial to support and calm the skin's barrier function before any other products are considered because traditional products used to address breakout could actually worsen the impairment and imbalance if the skin is still in a compromised state.
What Can Cause our Skin to Become Unbalanced?
Overuse or misuse of products that can be superficially drying, such as AHAs and BHAs, manual exfoliants, Vitamin A, foaming surfactants in cleansers (sulfates), comedogenic products or makeup, UV exposure, diet and lifestyle and hormones.
What Are the Signs of an Imbalance In the Skin?
A reduction in normal exfoliation, leading to areas of oiliness and dryness, flakiness, irritation, redness and breakout.
What Are the Steps Someone Should Take If They Believe They Have an Imbalance?
You should avoid; products with AHAs and BHAs, manual exfoliants, Vitamin A and foaming surfactants in cleansers (sulfates). Comedogenic products or makeup, highly fragranced products (synthetic or essential oil based), chemical sunscreens and sun exposure. A holistic approach is recommended. Not only seek advice from a skincare professional, but also a nutritionist, naturopath or Dermatologist.
What Products Would You Recommend For Bringing the Skin Back into Balance?
A product like Aspect's Clear Skin Complex ($129), which is a hydrating glycerin cream base is ideal for addressing problematic skins, especially dry and sensitive types. It's complex of citric acid and the unique active Benzalkonium chloride, purify surface blemishes while calming and soothing redness and dryness.