Is Your Skincare Routine Due for a Change?

Nicole Hayre, MD, FAAD
Nicole Hayre, MD, FAAD

Nailing down a skincare routine involves a fair share of trial and error. Once you’ve landed on a regimen that seems to work, it’s tempting to stick with it. 

However, life happens, and it can leave marks on our skin–literally and figuratively. Whether it’s hormonal fluctuations, aging, or shifts in lifestyle, your skin is quick to reflect these changes. 

Perhaps it’s time to hit refresh on your skincare routine. Here are the signs to watch out for:

You’re developing new skincare concerns

Have you been noticing breakouts despite using products that used to work like a charm? 

If you’re experiencing new breakouts and blackheads that aren’t synced with your hormonal cycle, it’s a sign your skin needs a gentler approach. 

Harsh acne treatments meant for adolescent skin might now be stripping your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and clogged pores.

Your skin feels dry or flaky 

As we age, our skin’s hydration levels take a hit.

That lightweight moisturizer that once did the trick may not cut it now. Upgrade your routine with hydrating serums infused with peptides or a gentle retinol to replenish moisture and prevent signs of aging.

And if you’re noticing flakiness, steer clear of alcohol or acid-based products. Instead, opt for hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides.

You’re experiencing irritation or burning 

When it comes to your face, beauty shouldn’t be pain.

If your products are leaving your skin red, inflamed, or itchy, it means you should switch things up. 

So, what do you do? 

If you notice sudden skin sensitivity, start by retracing your steps. Which products have you introduced recently, and what changes have you made to your skincare routine in the past few weeks?

Look at product labels to identify potential irritants, and aim for formulas labeled as fragrance-free or suitable for sensitive skin.

The bottom line

Those emerging concerns, dry patches, or irritating sensations are your skin’s way of asking for a refresh.

So listen to your skin, keep an eye out for these signs, and take your time discovering the perfect skincare routine for you.

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