You know, sometimes its very frustrating talking to others about skin and skincare. Often too, many of us go around reading up on what’s good and then falling head over heels for the latest and newest that everyone and their mother raves about. And when your skin doesn’t take to it, you start wondering if its you or if there’s something wrong with you.
Well, don’t think that. Always remember to listen to your own skin and don’t listen to others.
I learned this the hard way because when it comes to skincare, I am quite suggestible. I used to have acne-prone skin and later, pigmentation. I’ve tried the miracle waters and lotions and potions in the market and when I don’t get the “Glowing skin in 14 days” as promised, or worse, when I break out, I’m all “It can’t be the product! Every celebrity/model/blogger swears by it!” Ah therein lies the fallacy. Just because it works for every celebrity/model/blogger out there, doesn’t mean its holy grail material for you. You have to know your own skin.
I now listen to my own skin and these examples of things I’ve experienced from using popular products will tell you that it isn’t for everyone, and if you find that it doesn’t suit you, stop. Your skin is telling you something!
When I was using the Clarisonic Mia often, my skin hated me and got all inflamed and broke out. But the Clarisonic is supposed to deep cleanse skin, how can it cause breakouts? But it did. My mistake was in not listening to my skin. I now use it once every 2 weeks and its ok now.
I was prescribed a “whitening” and sunscreen product by a doctor by Obagi skincare and after using it, I realised that my skin was looking dull and sallow and I actually looked yellow and my face took on a different colour from my neck. Even my Mom asked me what was wrong because I looked jaundiced. After a few weeks, I couldn’t stand it any longer and stopped using the product altogether. It took me a long time to get things looking normal and was a traumatizing period for me. My mom experienced the same thing with the SKII Cellumination Essence so needless to say, we both now stay far far away from these brands and products.
The ironic thing is, I very recently met another skin doctor in a social setting, who in the course of discussions, promptly recommended Obagi skincare for whitening and sunscreen. When I told her the sunscreen breaks me out and my skin turns yellow and sallow, she looked at me disbelievingly. It made me feel a bit low because everyone else had this incredulous look that said “Its supposed to be medical grade and safe for skin!” But I stood my ground because hey, its MY skin and I experienced the side effects. I could be just 1% of the population that may experience it but the fact is, I did. So don’t knock me, lady!
Another experience I had was with the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Skin Resurfacing cleanser. I had read a lot about how wonderful it was for gentle exfoliation and to promote healthier more glowing skin but for me, it was no go. It dried out my skin in a dramatic fashion and made me break out something awful.
I’ve tried some natural or organic products and they have not been kind to my skin either. I’ve broken out, had contact dermatitis on my hands to the point I had to see a doctor and developed oily skin. It works for many people, but not for me and I have accepted it. I’ve had to learn to listen to my own skin and not to the scaremongers or the people shouting from the rooftops. Its ultimately me who’s got to live with it 🙂
I know many people now turn to blogs and Youtube videos for product recommendations, and I know from personal experience how easy it is to be influenced to try this and that because XYZ blogger has beautiful skin and she uses this. But I want to caution everyone reading to first understand your own skin and realise your skin could be different.
Yes, Product A works for Blogger X but consider Blogger X’s weather, lifestyle, skintype and genetics. As strange as it might sound (since I’m a blogger myself!), I’m going to tell you to please treat a product review, advertorial or any product feature with just a pinch of salt. Use it as a point of reference, but don’t buy into it just because Blogger X says its holy grail material. Some people have many many holy grails so that is another thing to bear in mind. I personally tell you what I like and what doesn’t work for me, but its not to say that it will work on you or that it won’t.
Also, if you think your skin hates a product even though 99% of the population loves it, don’t use it. It can actually cause more damage in the long term that can cost more money to repair. Ultimately, listen to your skin and not to anyone else because you are unique and an individual and so is your skin!
Have you experienced any similar situations where your skin hates (or loves) something that others don’t? Do you listen to your own skin?
I have another thing that people don’t believe me about – zinc oxide. It is the best ingredient for sunscreen and blocks both UVA and UVB rays very effectively. Its inert and a physical blocker and is found in most high quality sunscreens. But I have learnt that if the percentage of zinc oxide in a sunscreen is too high, I break out from it. I can tell you no one experiences this because I couldn’t find information about it when I had my suspicions. But it happens to me, so never mind the incredulous looks I get when I tell “experts” so. Its MY skin.