How to Know If Your Skin Barrier Is Damaged.
How do I know if my barrier is damaged, you ask? Bacon said it can vary depending on your skin type.
"If you're a damaged oily skin, you might produce more oil. But a damaged dry skin can become rough or flaky. Compromised barriers can also worsen inflammatory skin conditions like acne, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis."
The typical signs your skin barrier ain't happy include:
What NOT to Use on an Impaired Skin Barrier.
Put simply, all the fun stuff.
"Less is more when it comes to active ingredients. Pull back on the use of actives for at least two weeks, and slowly reintroduce them with care. Same with wash cloths, facial cleansers and devices."
The Best Products to Repair Your Skin Barrier.
Skin barrier crying out for help? We've all been there. Literally, this was me two weeks ago.
Hannah's barrier has also been cranky lately, so we've pooled together our picks for the best products to repair your skin barrier.
Generally, look for products with skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid, cermaides, naicinamide, oils and glycerine. And SPF! You must wear sunscreen when your barrier is impaired, very important!
These are the exact products we've been using recently to heal our poor barriers.
1. Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum.
This one is Hannah's picks, here's what she told me about it:
"My skin has been feeling sensitive and red - kinda like a sunburn. Even my AHA cleanser feels too much right now. A dermal clinician took one look and said I had an impaired barrier. My science experiments during iso haven't been helping..."
"I decided to drop every other serum in my routine and spend two weeks using only the Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum with a soothing moisturiser over the top.
It has caffeine to reduce puffiness. Tick. Hyaluronic acid to hydrate. Tick. Cannabis sativa seed oil to soften and smooth. Tick. And niacinamide to strengthen the skin's barrier. Big tick from me."
Check out Hannah's before and after photos from using the serum for about a week. Pretty good, eh?