Recommended Skincare Routine For Damaged Skin
Certain active ingredients should be put aside while the skin is healing, such as AHAs, BHAs, and retinol. Exfoliating the skin should be entirely avoided until the skin has fully healed. Even when the skin is healthy, most users don’t need to exfoliate more than two to three times per week.
A bland, less intense hydrating routine, while not a preferred choice, will help your skin recuperate quicker for a few weeks until you can resume with gentle chemical exfoliants to adapt your skin back to its normal routine. Mild acids, such as PHAs and polyhydroxy acids should be ingredients to look out for during this stage in the process.
While you are waiting for your skin to heal, gentle face cleansers with lukewarm water in the AM to start your day and in the PM to prep your skin for bed are recommended additions to your temporary routine. You may follow this with specific toners (make sure they are alcohol-free), hydrating facial serums, and moisturizing creams.
Certain creams are specifically made to help repair the skin’s barrier, promoting the production of ceramides and acting as a humectant. Humectants are vital to incorporate into a routine due to their powerful ability to bind water to skin cells and maintain proper hydration. Ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid contain these properties and will be your allies during the recovery process.
You’ll know your skin has returned to its former glory once any signs of irritation and redness have dissipated. Healthy skin appears more plump, supple, and soft, while unhealthy skin continues to appear dull, rough, dry, and scaly. If you don’t notice your skin healing on its own after two to three weeks, a more intensive routine or treatment may be necessary and you should schedule a consultation.