Skin Barrier: What To Do When Its Damaged

D.BennettD.Bennett
Oct. 2
Whats is your skin barrier ?
Also know as your moisture barrier, is the skins outermost layer (epidermis). It acts as a protective shield against harmful agents that can come in contact with your skin. It also regulates inflammation, and things that keep your skin healthy such as lipids (fats) , ceramides, and cholesterol.
Is my skin barrier damaged?
A healthy skin barrier is vital. If you experience acne scarring, aging, or trying to treat hyperpigmentation and want to treat is.. it's very important.. Signs of a damaged barrier:
  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Sensitivity
  • Itching
How to fix your skins barrier:
A healthy skin barrier will repair itself between 2 weeks- 1 montth. To help yourself along this journey its helpful to include:
  • A great sunscreen with SPF
  • Keep skin moisturized
  • Antioxidants
  • No physical scrubs
  • No fragrances
  • Wash your face using lukewarm water
  • Switch to a gentle cleanser
  • Try adding a facial oil for extra hydration
My experience:
I damaged my skin barrier in August with my introduction to Differin Gel. I found that using a retinoid everynight, was not in the best interest of my skin. I knew I didnt have any irritation to fragances and other things that sensitive skin should avoid but

My Skin Aug, 12th 2020 after just using cleanser

This was my skin after just using a cleanser.
I was petrified. I had the dryness, itching, irritation. So i took a step back and used the Differin gel every other night and used these products:
I only used this during the day
This and the Ultra-Calming moisturizer was very gentle.
This was the the defining product is my hydration. Since this does have fragrance I opted for using it every two nights on top of the moisturizer below:
Holy Grail PM Moisturizer
This Oil helped my dry skin. I found that Rosehip oil is great for acne but this is great for dealing with moisture.
I also used a lot of hydrating mask during this time. I even went a few days without washing my face when I felt very irritated with my skin.
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