"You've always had sensitive skin," says my Dermatologist of 10+ years, after consulting with her on my recent breakout from this known clinical brand that I had high hopes for. I've always known this to be true, but in recent months I've noticed that my skin has gone on overdrive and has become hyper-sensitive.
I'd get dermatitis on my forehead and around the nose area within 24 hours if I used something that my skin didn't agree with. Some milder products (like natural toners) would take longer, my skin would react in a week or two with red itchy bumps or dry patches. Why, even my lips would get annoyingly scaly after 3 days of using a certain brand of lipstick, my scalp would even itch within 24 hours if I used shampoo with SLS. And this is across the board, folks -- drugstore or high-end.
I wondered: Are the newer products stronger in formulation, or is my skin just really spoiled?Over the last few years, I've been more conscious of products and the ingredients they contain. I've always been a fastidious reader of fine print and if you happen to see me shopping, you'd find me googling certain ingredients or actually taking time to read the ingredients label. Within the last 3 years, I've slowly transitioned into using products with less parabens, SLS, silicones and unnecessary ingredients. Some are even completely paraben and SLS-free!
This is not to say that all natural products I've tried are far better, I've also had not-so-good experiences with all natural alternatives. It's a matter of finding what works and sticking with it, I guess.
Do you share the same sentiments? Has your skin become [too] spoiled? Please share the products you swear by, perhaps I can pick up a thing or two and they can become my HG products, too!
Something worth reading: Is your skin sensitive or just sensitized from using so many products? Check out this article.