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Where skincare was in early 2000
Have you recently noticed how quickly skincare brands can startup and how promising their results are today. I remember when there was basically 2 types of skincare
- dermatology strength skincare or
- your drugstore brands
I've always had reactive/allergic skin and barely went to the dermatologist as a young adult. I was terribly afraid of the differen gel "red face" that many of my friends had in highschool, so I was definitely the drugstore skincare teen.
I understand today how the instagram skincare society is probably on par to my own drugstore choices, to self study and experiment. But what concerns me, is if I'd spent the time to go to the dermatologist or if we had the dedicated dermatologists we have today, my skin might have been better.
What we know today
We have a lot more clean beauty today then I had in my teens and more choice can be better than just whatever the the big name brands pump out. But with the amount of choice also comes decision fatigue and a trend to put every new formulation on our face immediately. This is frightening to me and my reactive skin today.
The face has demonstrated to be the most common site of skin sensitivity... due to the larger and multiple number of products used on the face, a thinner barrier in facial skin, and a greater density of nerve endings
If there is one thing I would change is: AWARENESS
- about the ingredients in the skincare
- about my own sensitive/reactive/allergic skin triggers.
Sensitive/Reactive skin can have 2 main triggers:
- the environment in which it’s exposed, and
- the ingredients in skincare and cosmetics
What concerns us most is the prolonged use of trendy products with these ingredient triggers and the resultant contact allergies.
What if we had the knowledge we have now when were teens?
Sensitive skin is considered genetic, but reactive skin just might be preventable. The key just may be in the younger generation. At least regarding what products and ingredients they begin applying to their skin and face as young adults.
By introducing clean ingredients and educating teens and young adults on the possibilities of reactive skin, we may be able to save someone from a life of uncomfortable reactions or extensive research into products. If we can help them become aware and inform them, we'll be providing them with the tools and information needed to make their own decision.
By teaching them and guiding them in the direction of ingredient knowledge, they'll have the ability to be proactive in the prevention of reactive skin!