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Acne prone sensitive skin – help with skin care solutions

A visitor to the SkinCareTV channel on YouTube asked for help after viewing the video 3 Levels of Sensitive Skin:

Question from Emily Lan:

Hi, I have combination acne prone skin. I swim 4-5 times a week and for days after I swim my skin is flaky and when I use any product on my face it literally feels like it’s burning my skin off. The acne treatment I use is 0.5% adapalene and it works really well. The areas on my face that burn the most are around my mouth, nose, temples, and sometimes cheeks, so mostly all of it. Any moisturizer I try burns, even days after my last swim session. My skin feels like it’s burning with any slightest touch… help please?

Response from SkinCareTV:

Unfortunately most swimming pools are highly chlorinated – and that strips the natural lipid barrier off the skin, causing it to be more prone to sensitivity, and simultaneously increases the dry flakiness of the outer layer of the skin. The dry flaky skin increases the potential to block the pores and produce pimples. The reduced barrier function increases reactivity of the skin and often results in tiny pimples which are more irritation than acne.

Adapalene and the other forms of prescription Vitamin A (tretinoin and tazoratene) will also make your skin sensitive and more reactive. Prescription vitamin A was developed for cystic acne…i would never recommend that you use it for spot treatment of acne or pimples.

All in all, you are doing a lot to make your skin unbalanced and thus more reactive and here are some ways you can try and reduce the damaging impacts

So, swimming is good exercise, but maybe try increasing some other non swimming form of exercise and rely less on swimming. If that’s not possible, then protect your skin from the drying (and thus sensitizing) effect of chlorine water by putting a layer of vaseline/petrolatum/petroleum jelly on your skin before swimming…wipe it off when finished swimming, and use a gentle (non detergent) cleanser or an oil based cleanser (like Deep + Gentle Cleanser or Dr Schwab Sensitive Cleanser) to remove any residue from your skin. Use a gentle enzyme exfoliator after cleansing – it will help eliminate the dry flakes on the skin that help cause pimples…never use a scrub or anything harsh. Apply a hydration gel all over, and moisturize only where you naturally don’t produce your own natural moisturizer (aka that stuff that comes out of our pores called sebum). Use only cool water at all times – never hot or warm water.

Re-balance the skin and it will naturally get stronger. Have patience and build the skin’s strength slowly because swimming will naturally keep it weak… check out my other videos on how the skin works, when is exfoliation necessary, the worst and best things for sensitive skin, as well as the correct sequence to apply skin care products.

I hope your skin gets stronger and happier 🙂

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Adult acne is very different from teenage acne, so the solutions should differ too.

Acne is a pretty complex medical condition, (it is not right to refer to a few pimples on your face as acne)….and adult (or mid-life) acne is a very different condition than teenage acne… especially for women.

The big difference in the prevalence of acne today versus a few decades ago is the level and type of stress that women are under these days… Topical acne skin care solutions will help, but a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol, will be the best solution.

Here is a really good article on adult acne written by Dr Christiane Northrup. It is comprehensive and well worth the read – if you are interested in knowing more about your skin condition. Be warned though, it is longer than any article the average ADD person can handle!

Of course, being a doctor she goes through all the medical types of solutions, but later on in the article she also talks about lifestyle, food/diet, and holistic approaches….(it is so gratifying to see medical people step outside their pharmaceutical dominated world)….

My tried-and-true approach to adult acne is described in this article, and if you want to learn more about acne (teenage and adult) then watch this SkinCareTV video.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Acne products increase your chance of allergic reactions

Most people who know me, know that I am absolutely opposed to the marketing hyped acne skin care solutions prevalent today…you get bombarded with the marketing spin and hype on TV and magazines, even doctors offices and medical magazines….hey, some of the worst acne products are marketed under a Doctor’s name….that’s because we are all programmed to believe that marketing hype from a doctor is akin to being the truth….but NOT SO!!!!

Check out this really interesting WebMD article about these high profile acne skin care solutions….see if your well known brand is amongst those that the FDA registers as being potential agents for allergic skin reactions….

If you want to know my approach to Acne, which delivers great results (though in a more natural, wholesome, non-medical/aggressive manner) then check out my recommended products and home care regimen in this blog article.

To learn more about acne, see the 2 part Acne: New Strategies video at the SkinCareTV channel.