#Updated: How to Use New Skincare Products Without Breaking Out
So you just got that new skincare product that you've been hearing all about. The one that promises to solve all your skin woes and leave your face glowing. You're so excited to use it that you immediately use it the first chance you get.
But instead of giving you baby soft skin, the product has done the complete opposite and made you break out!
Sound familiar? If you've ever experienced this, then you understand the frustration and disappointment that comes with that new breakout. It's always a little scary to try out new products for this exact reason. Everyone's skin is so different that what works for some will not work for others. This can make choosing new products feel like a guessing game of what can help or hurt your skin but there are actually some steps you can take to eliminate a lot of that uncertainty.
This should always be your first step anytime you get a new skincare product. Because the skin on your face is one of the most sensitive parts of your skin, you should perform the patch test on another similarly sensitive area such as the inside of your elbow or on your neck. If you're willing to run the risk, you can even test it out on a small part of your face such as a little corner along your forehead or jawline. Wherever you end up choosing, apply a small amount of the product and give it 24 hours for any possible reaction to flare up. If nothing happens to the area, then you're probably safe to use it.
Most people who have bad reactions to a product will find that they're not necessarily allergic to the whole product but rather a specific ingredient within it. Even if you're not technically allergic, some ingredients can have an unwanted effect on your skin such as overly drying it out or clogging your pores. If you start keeping track of what ingredients do and don't work for your skin, it'll be easier to know which products to avoid before even needing to purchase them.
If you plan to change your entire skin routine, it might be tempting to make the switch to your new and improved regimen right away but doing so might end up doing more harm than good. Not only can the sudden change make your skin freak out and trigger a breakout, it will also make it a lot harder to pinpoint which product out all the new ones you just tried might be the source of a negative reaction. The best way to replace your old routine with a new one is simply by switching over slowly. Only introduce one new product a week to give your skin time to adjust and also to give you a chance to observe the effects of every new product individually.
While trying out a new product will always come with a certain degree of uncertainty, following these tips can make sure that the experience doesn't feel so intimidating!