I ask because it has happened to some friends and I’ve heard that when switching to something that doesn’t have artificial chemicals and animal fats in it, the skin care product can actually "detox" your skin causing it to break out. But if you stick with it, supposedly it will clear up and be better than ever. Do you have any research that could back or disprove this claim? Please give me a why, not just yes or no type answers. Thanks!
Intensive Skincare For Anti-Aging or Improvement
Your skin is constantly replenishing itself. When you are younger your skin’s "turnover rate" is about every 15-18 days. When you start approaching your mid-thirties the process slows down to as much as every 28 days. The upper most layer, the epidermis, is where we shed our skin cells and reveal the newer cells that are produced in the basal layer (the bottom). Any product that is bought in the stores and make up counters at those expensive boutiques affect this layer only. The next level down is the dermis. This level contains oil glands, nerves, capillaries, your body’s melanin (the cells that are responsible for your coloring and a tan) plus sweat glands that moderate your body’s temperature.
The dermis also contains your natural collagen and elastin in addition to your fat and water storage. Your collagen and elastin are responsible for that springiness that gives your skin its youthful vitality. Without this, in addition to lessened sebum (oil) production and slower cell turn-over rate as you age your skin appears wrinkled and drier than when in your youth. Then, there is the basal layer which we previously spoke about. It is in the basal layer that the skin cells are produced. This is where it all starts and this is where the magical renewal process can work its wonder of providing our bodies with the ability to uncover a newer, healthier and unblemished skin!
Skin-typing test: When you wake up in the morning, wash your face with a mild facial cleanser and pat dry. Do not apply ANY products (not even a toner) and wait about an hour. Press a facial tissue or those special little oil-tissues to your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks to check for excess oil.
If your skin isn’t overly shiny from excess oil or too tight and dry from lack of, then you have Normal skin.
If you have an oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and are normal on the cheeks, you have one of the most common skin types, Combination skin.
If your entire face (or at least a good percentage of your face) is shiny with oil or an oily residue is left on the tissue from all sections of your face you have Oily/Acne-prone skin. Those with oily skin may notice a lot of "breakouts" and this is sometimes attributed to excess hormones. This can be corrected with medications received by a dermatologist or birth control from your OBGYN or physician or simply, physician skin care.
If your skin feels tight and has flaky areas that are remedied by moisturizer application – you have Dry skin. Dry skin appears to be more wrinkled and older without moisturizer. It tends to age faster as well. Your skin retains its youthful appearance with the help of its natural moisturizer (sebum) and regular exfoliation.
If you find that your face and/or body "breaks out", produces red bumps or patches, irritable dry areas or stinging sensitive areas after applying some products or just for no reason at all, you may have Sensitive skin. Sensitive skin can make your life difficult when it comes to cosmetics, skincare or just everyday personal hygiene.
Now that you know your personal skin-typing you can better choose from the many products formulated for your personal needs. *Remember, your skin changes as the seasons do. Plus, when you get older, your skin’s needs change as well. This can be confusing and you may think it to be a hassle. But, once you get a regimen down, it gets easier. The benefits far outweigh the temporary annoyance of getting accustomed to a regimen.