By Jee Suh
My skin is finicky. I thought I’d mastered catering to its every whim, but I recently experienced some horrible reactions to new products I was using. I love Bare Minerals, so naturally I was excited to use Rare Minerals Purely Nourishing Facial Moisturizer, but apparently, my skin decided it’s too much moisture and decided to spout oil like a geyser all day long. When I switched to an organic oil-free moisturizer, my skin broke out in the worst form–there were mountainous pink things all over my face. It was not pretty.
If you have finicky skin that ranges from normal to combination to oily depending on what you’re eating and using, and if it also tends to be sensitive, you need to prepare yourself to switching and mixing up your skincare routine. This is what usually does it for me.
- Through much trial and error, I’ve discovered that my skin loves salicylic acid. The week that my skin freaked out, I had just run out of my favored Benefit Whoosh wash and, since they are discontinuing it, was not able to get it at my beloved Sephora. Thankfully, I found another that has been working great: DDF Salicylic Wash. It’s definitely been doing the job.
- I have a different wash for night time and morning time. I use my salicylic wash at night for extra deep cleansing and then I use a milder cleanser in the morning. This keeps your skin from being stripped of necessary moisture–yes, even for oily-skinned gals!
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate. I use the Clarisonic Skincare Brush once a day for gentle exfoliation. I also use an exfoliating mask 3 – 5 times a week.
- Per my dermatologist’s recommendation, I use a mask with sulfur when particularly mountainous pimples erupt. It really is great for sucking the life out of those oil mounds!
- Side note: the breakouts happen more when I’m not getting enough sleep or if I’m eating an excessive amount of junk food. So, at least for this girl (and I suspect for many more out there like me) rest and a healthy diet are just as important as having a great skincare routine!