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And don’t piss off your skin

What do we mean with “don’t piss off your skin”?

Prolonged use of alpha hydroxy acids, depigmenting agents, retinoids, and aggressive cleansers can irritate the skin. If your skin stays irritated for a long period of time, your skin may generate melanin unevenly to “defend itself” causing the oh-so-feared spots to appear. This is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and when you see it, you know you’ve pissed off your skin. That’s why it’s so important to pamper your skin and prevent inflammation. 

Giving your skin time to adapt to certain cosmetics, however, is a horse of a different color. Certain products may initially cause irritation, but still be beneficial. Let your skin get used to them to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation by using them every other day and combining them with other products that strengthen and maintain the skin’s protective barrier. That way, in a few weeks, your skin will have gotten used to the product and be able to reap its benefits. This is precisely the case with retinoids, though there are a number of products that fall into this category.

Tips to repair skin barrier:

1.- Stop using aggressive cleansers. We love Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Facial Cleanser from La Roche-Posay.

2.- Stop using alpha hydroxy acids, depigmenting agents and retinoids for a while.

3.- Use AM and PM moisturizer

Do you have any other tip to repair it?

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