Skin issues aren’t the end of the world, but it can feel that way when you’re experiencing them. The skin on your face is so visible; it’s what people see when you speak to them, so there’s no real way to hide it or get away from it. Here are some common skin issues many of us face, and how to treat them.
HyperpigmentationHyperpigmentation causes dark spots on skin, which occur when melanin (the pigment that causes you to tan) forms deposits in the skin. It’s often caused by aging although there are other reasons this could happen too - meaning you can end up with dark spots on your skin even in your younger years. Pregnancy, the contraceptive pill and skin conditions such as acne can all cause hyperpigmentation. Since the sun will further darken hyperpigmented areas, using a high factor sun block can prevent it from looking more obvious. There are various topical ‘whitening’ products on the market too which are safe and effective. Some are combined with SPF and anti-aging ingredients too. You can shop anti-aging whitening serum online; there are tons of reviews on different products, so spend some time researching to find the right one for you.
Flaky SkinFlaky skin can be embarrassing. It happens as a result of dryness, so your skin can often feel quite sensitive and painful too. You’ll often notice it when you try to apply makeup, since certain products make it appear even worse. Dry, flaky skin is quite common around this time of year. You can protect your skin against dryness by using very rich and nourishing products on a daily basis and use an exfoliator to gently slough off dry skin leaving you with a much smoother surface. Be careful, though, over scrubbing will leave your face sore and will actually make dryness worse. If flaky skin doesn’t just occur over the winter, there’s a good chance you’re using the wrong products. For example, foaming cleansers are often too harsh for your skin. Be careful, your facial skin is very delicate.
As with flaky skin, flaky and dry lips can be a problem, particularly during colder months. Lips are especially prone to drying since lips are one of the first places on the body to show a lack of water in the system. Use a nourishing lip balm to hydrate and protect your lips. Also try a sugar lip scrub, which is a gentle way to remove dead skin. Avoid licking your lips, since this will remove the protective barrier and cause them to dry out even more.
BlackheadsBlackheads are actually classified as a mild form of acne and occur when your pores become clogged with excess sebum and dead skin cells. Then exposure to the air causes it to look black hence the name ‘blackheads.’ You can keep blackheads under control by applying a gentle astringent such as witch hazel with a cotton pad. If you have excessive blackheads on the nose, an occasional blackhead strip will help to remove them. Be careful, though, as overusing them can damage your skin.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.