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How to Tell if Your Skin Care Routine Is Working

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Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so why wouldn’t you try and take good care of it? Everybody’s skin is different, so there is no set-in stone way to make sure that you are taking good care of yours. You can visit a dermatologist, and they can share some insight with you on how you should be taking care of your skin, and they can give you a plan for a skin care routine.

But how will you know if this skin care routine is working for your skin? Well, this also isn’t set-in stone. Your skin may react differently to a treatment than your friends, and theirs might react differently than their friends, and so on. There are a few different things that you should consider when you are trying to figure out if your skin care is working.

How Sensitive is Your Skin?

Do new products usually irritate your skin, or can you switch back and forth easily without any issues? If you have sensitive skin, switching products can create problems like irritation and inflammation. These can make it hard to determine if your skin care routine is really helping or hurting your skin.

Do You Have Acne?

If you are trying to moisturize your skin, it may be a good idea to take acne into consideration. You are going to want to find a product that will moisturize your skin, but not to the point where it will over-moisturize and cause you to break out. Your skin may be acne prone, meaning that even with the littlest bit of moisture, you can break out. Consider oil-free moisturizers if you have oily and acne prone skin. They may be more likely to work.

Do You Have Rosacea or Eczema?

These conditions may throw up a road block for your skin reformation journey. Rosacea may make it difficult to tell if a product is irritating your skin, as you may have bumps and redness. Make sure that you take note of what your rosacea looks like before you begin using a new product so that you can try and see if the product is making you more red or bumpy.

As for eczema, take on the same approach. Take note of where you are having flare-ups and how severe they are. After you begin using the new product assess your face again and compare what it looks like now to when you began. If your skin care routine is not working, you may experience redness, textured skin, peeling, severe dryness, or a burning sensation. All of these are signs that you should stop using the skin care products that you have been using and assess what can help you to fix your skin.

A Note from GR8NESS

It can be hard to determine if your skin care routine is working. Signs that it may be working are clearer skin, reduced redness, brighter skin, less inflammation, and no irritation. These are not all of the signs of your skin care routine working. Sometimes, a skin care routine can just stop the progression of every day issues, and you may not see a noticeable difference. Give it some time. It may begin to show progress after a couple of days or weeks.

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Geraldine
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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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