Skincare is a high priority for many people who want to look and feel great. With the hundreds of skincare products on the market, knowing what will work with your skin can be difficult. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, certain products may produce negative reactions when you are adding them to your skincare routine.
Luckily for you, there are ways to avoid negative reactions from new skincare products. With patience, consistent effort, and choosing the right products for your skin type, you can have a smooth transition of adding new products to your skincare routine.
1. Determine Your Goals
The first step you should take when trying a new skincare product is to determine what your goal is with the product. Do you want your skin to be more hydrated? Do you want to get rid of stubborn acne or scarring? Whatever you are wanting from a new product, doing your research and getting an appropriate product is the first step in avoiding an unwanted reaction.
2. Introduce the Product Slowly
The next step is to introduce the product slowly and then gradually increase the frequency of use. It is a common misconception that you should use a product frequently to see results. When it comes to skincare, letting your skin get used to the product is very important.
Most products will do well if you start by using them once or twice a week and throughout the next several weeks increase to every day or every other day. Using the product only once or twice a week lets the skin get familiar with the new product and helps avoid any extreme reactions, and it will help it be more effective in the long run.
3. Try a Patch Test
Before you apply a new product to your face, you can try a patch test to see how your skin reacts. Many people choose to do the test on an area of the body that won’t be seen if it reacts negatively, while still being more sensitive skin. A common area people will test is behind the ears. This test is extremely beneficial if your skin has a severe reaction, which can be an indicator that you may be allergic to an ingredient in the product.
4. Allow Time for Your Skin to Adjust
Along with introducing the product slowly, you will need patience in allowing time for your skin to adjust to a new product. Even if you don’t have a severe reaction, your skin may experience some redness and irritation from the new product, but that should go away as your skin gets used to it. New products generally need 4-6 weeks to truly set in, so slowly introducing product to your skin will help avoid negative reactions.
Why Does My Skin Get Worse When I Use New Skin Care?
Many people also experience an initial “purge” when implementing a new product into their skincare routine. This usually happens because the skin is going through a process of clearing any clogged pores, which brings acne and impurities to the surface of the skin. A reaction like this is normal, but it shouldn’t last more than two or three weeks. If acne continues to pop up, it may be an indication that your skin is not compatible with the product.
How Long Does it Take for Your Skin to Adjust to New Products?
The phrase, “Your skin will get worse before it gets better,” may be true for many people, which is why it is important to be patient with a new product. Most dermatologists recommend allowing 4-6 weeks to see the true effects of a skincare product before choosing to bag it.
5. Introduce New Products One at a Time
We all get excited about trying new products, but it is important to implement one new product at a time. Implementing several can overload the skin and result in a negative reaction. Skin does well when the products put on it are compatible with one another, so try to research and see if the new products and their ingredients work well together. Also remember that sometimes, less products is better than more products.
Other Factors to Consider to Avoid Negative Reactions
Beyond these five tips, there are some other factors to consider when implementing new products into your skincare routine. One of the most important is to know what skin type you have because this will tell you what types of products are more likely to be compatible with your skin type.
Another factor is to make sure your skin is clean before you use any product. Sometimes skin will have a negative reaction not because of the product itself, but because the product was applied to unclean skin.
Finally, you might consider what time of the year to try out a new product. Oftentimes, spring and summer are great times because winter and fall generally have more dry air. Make sure you add a good SPF to your routine if you are trying a new product in the summer to avoid any skin damage and sunburns.