Sophia Says…I’m getting into my twilight years (I’m nearly 30 now ;P) i find that my once lovely skin- especially my t-zone- is drying out more and, scarily enough, breaking out a LOT more (which was a rare event in my younger days). My question is two fold…
1) Why might this happen now?
2) Since my skin is so sensitive now, do you know of a moisturizer that has nothing at all in it but moisture?
Thanks in advance!
The Right Beauty Brain Retorts:
Well Sophia, welcome to the Twilight Zone!
Factors that cause skin changes
There are various factors that cause the changes you’ve described in your skin condition. Increased dryness can be a combination of reduced oil production in your skin and environmental damage from washing or sun exposure. More breakouts are likely caused by a shift in hormones. Here are a couple of places to learn more about causes of adult acne and what to do about it. If this is a serious problem for you, consult your doctor. You may need a more high powered solution than what’s available over the counter. (Like a prescription antibiotic).
Moisture containing skin products
The only “product” that only consists of moisture is…WATER. And water alone is not really that good of a moisturizer because it doesn’t do anything to KEEP your skin hydrated.
How do skin moisturizers work
A good moisturizer works two ways: first, it contains ingredients known as emollients (like petrolatum) that coat the skin and provide a barrier to moisture loss. In other words, the precious moisture that’s already in your skin stays there. Second, it contains ingredients that are hygroscropic (like glycerin) that can attract water from the atmosphere and bind it to your skin.
Generally, these are not the ingredients that your skin is sensitive to. It’s more likely that you’re reacting to fragrance, emulsifiers, or something in the moisturizers that you’ve used. While we can’t recommend any specific products for you, we would urge you to start by looking at products designed for sensitive skin. There’s no guarantee that they’ll work for you, but these products try to avoid ingredients that are known to be sensitizing.
The Beauty Brains Bottom line
Your changing skin condition is, sadly, a by product of the aging process. A good moisturizer for sensitive skin will help, but there’s no such things a product that has nothing in it but moisture. Good luck!