7 Tips For Repairing Your Damaged Skin Barrier

amy.swansonamy.swanson
May 9
Our skin is our body’s largest organ, but it is also one of the most vulnerable. Our skin’s barrier serves as a protective layer to keep it healthy and moisturized, but when that is damaged, it can result in an uncomfortable and uneven skin texture. Here’s how to determine whether or not your skin barrier has been damaged and how you can fix it. 
What is the skin barrier? 
Your top layer of skin cells serves as a barrier to protect the rest of your skin from the elements. This layer of skin cells is covered with fatty acids and other lipids that form a thin layer of moisture. This moisture layer combined with your skin’s resilient top cells protects you from things like allergens, chemicals, and other environmental irritants. If this barrier is damaged, it becomes very difficult for the skin to protect itself from outside factors, which can lead to further health problems. 
How do I know if my skin barrier has been damaged? 
One of the first signs of a damaged skin barrier is that your skin is feeling dry and dehydrated. Because of this, this skin will then start to flake or feel itchy, and you may notice patches of redness. Your skin will also be much more vulnerable to bacteria, and may try to over-produce moisture to compensate, which can lead to acne flareups. 
While a damaged skin barrier can be very frustrating, there are things you can do to fix the problem. In many cases, a damaged skin barrier is caused by harsh skincare or makeup products, so switching up your routine can make a world of difference. 
What can I do to repair my damaged skin barrier? 
There are a number of different things you can do to repair your skin’s barrier once it has been damaged. 
  • 1. Start by reassessing your skincare routine. Go through your products and get rid of any that contain alcohol, sulfates, parabens, or any other harsh chemicals. You should also temporarily stop exfoliating the skin, as this will further break down the skin barrier when it’s already damaged. If you’re unsure about any chemicals that are currently in your skincare routine, do some research to find out more about how they can affect your skin. 
  • 2. Next, it’s time to develop a new skincare routine that uses gentle ingredients. You will need to find a cleanser, moisturizer, and serum that do not have any skin irritants. When you use your cleanser, be sure not to scrub too hard, as this can further irritate your skin. Your moisturizer should contain ingredients that will rehydrate your skin, and both the moisturizer and serum should contain ingredients that promote faster healing. Hyaluronic acid and ceramide are both good ingredients to look for, as they promote a faster healing process. 
  • 3. Use nourishing oils to further add moisture to your skin. Natural products like olive oil and coconut oil can be very helpful for rebuilding the skin’s barrier, since they contain fatty acids and other components that are necessary for a functional skin barrier. Applying oil-based skincare products can actually stop your body from over-producing oil and prevent your pores from clogging. 
  • 4. Make sure you’re using a gentle sunscreen on your skin every time you go outside. Sun exposure can further irritate a damaged skin barrier, which is why it’s so important to protect it. Aim for a physical sunscreen instead of a chemical one, as they are usually more gentle and less likely to clog pores. 
  • 5. Keep an eye on your diet. You’ll want to make sure that you’re drinking several glasses of water each day, as this is crucial for keeping your skin smooth and healthy. If you struggle to remember to drink water, try carrying a water bottle with you throughout the day. You should also make sure you’re eating plenty of foods with omega-3 fatty acids, like fish, walnuts, and spinach. 
  • 6. After your skin has started to heal, look for products that help with collagen production. When your skin’s natural barrier is damaged, your skin will start to lose its fullness, which can exacerbate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our body also naturally slows down its collagen production as we get older. Collagen-boosting products can help restore your skin to a healthy state. 
  • 7. If you’re still struggling to repair your skin barrier after switching up your skincare routine, don’t hesitate to see a dermatologist. They can perform a more in-depth examination to determine the cause of your damaged skin barrier. They can also prescribe stronger products to help repair the damage. 
A damaged skin barrier can feel uncomfortable, but it’s not permanent. By adjusting your skincare routine and staying hydrated, you can restore your skin barrier to a much healthier state. 
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Only one product can get “YES”😟
Only one product can get “YES”😟
My skin type is dry combination with acne skin, acne marks are left by the adolescence. Blain and pore bulky skin is the most serious problem! Products with hydrating and acne treatment is my first needs when I buy skin care products. I will introduce two products which I have tried before. I hope I can help people to avoid mine field. YES! Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque Kiehl's - Calendula Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque The texture is more close to transparent jelly,and is suitable to all skin types. This product can help acne anti-inflammatory, especially red acne can get effective improvement. It has high Concentration of Calendula essence. After using it before you go to bed, Abnormal skin condition can be relieved the next day morning. But there's a problem with this product. The amount of preservative added in it is a little large. There is a slight pinch for people whose skin cuticle is thin. In addition, before using this mask, you need to use hydrating lotion or toner first. If you use it under a dry skin condition, you will also feel tingling. NO! SKII R.N.A.POWER Radical New Age SK-II - R.N.A. POWER Anti-Aging Face Cream I've tried this product three times, and each time I get pimples the next day! It is the kind of big acne that can squeeze out white particles. First of all, this product contains Niacinamide. If you are not a tolerable skin, this product is easy to make you have acne and allergies. I have introduced in my previous post how to use Niacinamide ingredient correctly. If you are interested, you can have a look. Secondly, the nutritional content of this product is too high. For my skin, there is a little over nutrition. The skin absorbs too much and blocks the pores. Actually, the best way I've found in recent years to keep my skin in good condition is to avoid eating sweet food! Try to eat less desserts, run more and exercise more. It's really better than any skin care product!
💜DIY LAVENDER OIL 💜
💜DIY LAVENDER OIL 💜
Lavender is one of my favorite flowers and essential oils to use! 😘 The oil has so my amazing properties and has been used for over 2500 years for things like the beauty world or cooking! 🌟BENEFITS FOR SKIN: 🌟 helps acne and dermatitis ✔️ helps prevent aging ✔️ helps treat dandruff and boosts hair growth ✔️ reduces stress✔️ I use lavender oil 2x a day every day on my face to treat my perioral dermatitis. 🙍🏼‍♀️ I realized go through the store-bought droppers fast! And I thought maybe I can make my own! 💁🏼‍♀️ 🟣TIME TO DIY🟣 what you need 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 sun 🌞 dried lavender buds (will make a better oil yield if they are sun dried) glass jar with lid fractionated coconut oil🥥 1. Remove extra stems from lavender. 2. Combine lavender buds and fractionated coconut oil in jar. 3. Shake together. 4. Wait 7-10 days and strain using cheese cloth. 5. Keep in sealed glass jar. 💟 Now you never have to buy lavender oils again! {why fractionated coconut oil and not refined coconut oil??} 🥥 Fractionated coconut oil absorbs better into the skin and is less likely to cause breakouts! It also stays in a liquid form even at low temps! OTHER BENEFITS OF LAVENDER OIL 💟 natural insect repellent {plant by your doors or wear on skin} purifies air {defuse it} relives stress {place on temples} helps you sleep better {defuse in bedroom} antioxidants {bye bye wrinkles} reduces muscle soreness {massage into sore muscles} helps with menstrual pain {place on lower stomach and ovary area} I hope you try this fun and super easy diy! 😘 #cheriecreator #diy
A Tale Of Three Snail Creams
A Tale Of Three Snail Creams
I’m not gonna lie, my combination skin makes it hard for me to find good face creams. My t-zone tends to be oily while my cheeks tend to be dry. Sometimes, my skin would even fluctuate between dry and oily, which is simply annoying. I’ve tried three different snail creams before, one of which I’m still using at the moment. This is my verdict for all three, as someone with combination skin. DEWYTREE - Ultra Vitalizing Snail Cream This cream was the very first product I tried from this Korean brand, actually. My boyfriend gifted it to me during one of his trips to Korea. It costs around $22 for 80ml. I actually didn’t like this cream a lot, mainly because of the smell. It’s hard to explain, but it doesn’t smell like something you’d want to put on your face. It’s moisturizing but it didn’t make me oily, which was good. I could even wear it under my makeup as long as I only used a little bit of it. Coreana Winage Snail Magic Cream This is one of my favorite creams in the whole world. Just like the last cream, this was also bought for me by my boyfriend. More specifically, it was his mom who recommended this cream for me since apparently it has a very good reputation among Koreans. It costs roughly $30 for 100ml, which isn’t a bad price at all. I found it quite perfect for my combination skin. It moisturized my skin just enough to avoid dryness but it got absorbed pretty quickly too so I never became oily while using this. I wanted to continue using this after I ran out, but it’s not available in my country and my boyfriend wasn’t able to buy one again during his last Korea trip. Dr. G Black Snail CreamDr.G - Black Snail Cream If you have dry skin, and I mean really dry skin, this cream is perfect for you. It’s quite thick so I use it only at night. At roughly $50 for 50ml, it’s the most expensive of the three, but it works so well that I’m actually already on my second tub. This was also recommended for me by my boyfriend’s mom because apparently it’s a popular cream in Korea. I still prefer Coreana over this though, mainly due to how thick this is. It’s really more suited towards dry skin people than normal or oily skin people. Of these three snail creams, I’d say you should check out Coreana if you’ve got normal or combination skin, and Dr. G if you have dry skin. Dewytree isn’t so bad for normal or combination skin too, but you’re honestly better off with these other options.
Ingredient Breakdown: Peptides
Ingredient Breakdown: Peptides
Collagen is a protein made up of amino acids, imparting bounce and firmness. But collagen can be broken down by free radicals (hello, oxidizing fragrance/volatile essential oil compounds), smoking, UV rays, and age. Age contributes to collagen loss also because your body makes less collagen peptides after some time in your 20s. Topical collagen-containing products don’t work, as collagen molecules are too big to pass through the epidermis. Instead, use peptides to help it act younger and make more collagen! Peptides (also made up of amino acids) are small enough to get to the dermis where collagen is made. In response, skin should start making more peptides to form more collagen. Copper peptides are considered particularly beneficial, though the main benefit over normal peptides is their wound healing capability, making them wonderful for those with acne, on top of their anti-aging benefit. DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer contains 9 varieties of peptides, including copper peptides, as well as a variety of amino acids, fatty acids, and humectants. I love this gel-cream, it’s wonderful as a multifaceted moisturizer that is light enough for oily skin and helps fight signs of aging. PAULA'S CHOICE - Peptide Booster contains 8 peptides, amino acids, fatty acids, and a variety of humectants. No copper peptides, instead incorporating a variety of antioxidants, helping to contribute to the calmness of skin and prevent free radical-induced breakdown of collagen. An amazing anti-aging serum with a texture that sits between creamy and silky, sinking in quickly and giving my skin quite a bit of plumpness. This would be the best of the bunch for a multifaceted anti-aging peptide product. The Ordinary - "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% contains seven peptides -one of which is a copper peptide- plus a variety of amino acids and hyaluronic acid. It’s a simple yet effective serum that is a bit tacky and smells of metal, but the results are worth it. Applying it to a scab/large acne lesion nightly speeds along its healing noticeably- plus I see less hyperpigmentation develop afterwards. I can’t recommend this enough as a budget-friendly entry into peptide serums!
HOW I FIGHT ACNE WITH MY SKINCARE ROUTINE
HOW I FIGHT ACNE WITH MY SKINCARE ROUTINE
Acne comes from so many different reasons. But generally there are a few tricks that really help to prevent and treat them. SALICYLIC ACID: PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid) Liquid Exfoliator Known for: combating whiteheads & blackheads by penetrating into the pores of the skin and unclogging them This exfoliating toner is amazing at preventing future breakouts because it’s so effective at unclogging pores and keeping them clear. My blackheads have also diminished so much since using this toner and I definitely can’t turn back. It’s quite strong so even I don’t use it every day and night. I’ll take it out only when I feel like my skin is getting congested (around 1-2x a week). AZELAIC ACID: PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster Known for: gently exfoliating the surface and refining texture of the skin This is a great booster to mix in with moisturizer whenever I feel like my skin is breaking out a lot and very congested. It’s not super strong especially mixed into the last step of my skincare routine but definitely helps to smooth texture. RETINOL: SKINCEUTICALS - RETINOL 0.5 Retinol night cream Known for: speeding up our skin’s natural cell turnover to reveal newer and clearer skin I’ve used a retinol for more than a year now and I’ve seen the biggest improvement in my skin regarding breakouts and texture. I use it as the last step of my skincare routine every other day now and it’s just a great way to keep my skin healthy over the longterm. NIACINAMIDE: THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Known for: helping to control oil production by renewing and restoring the surface of the skin against moisture loss Especially with living in a humid climate currently, my skin has been freaking out a lot. But this serum helps so much with promoting my skin to be balanced and self-regulating. My T-zone doesn’t get as oily but doesn’t feel dry either! SUNSCREEN: SKINCEUTICALS - Physical Fusion Uv Defense SPF 50 Okay sunscreen doesn’t DIRECTLY correlate with breakouts, although, there are definitely some that can cause breakouts for some people, mainly physical ones (so find one that doesn’t break you out)! This sunscreen doesn’t break me out and in fact helps with my skin durinf breakouts so much because it protects my skin from hyperpigmentation! The scarring that comes after a breakout can be just as annoying as the breakout itself but sunscreen helps so much to speed up the recovering and healing process! Do you have more tips for preventing breakouts to share?