Re: Help...my face is soo dry it hurts
Originally Posted by KayLuvsMAC
So normally I have oily skin but lately myface has been getting super dry, red and flaky. I washed my face withthe St Ives apricot scrub but I think it irritated my face even morebecause now it feels very sensitive, it kinda hurts. If someone knowsof something I can use that will calm the irritation, pleaselmk!
Before giving you products you can use, i need to ask you some questions about your skin to help you understand what your skin needs and if what you are using is correct for your skin's needs...
1)You normally have oily skin right? Do you still get oil on your face or has your oil production totally stopped? If you still have oil production, where is it at?
2) Any known skin conditions such as rosacea or sensitive skin (skin that reacts to a majority
of skin care products)?If you still have oil production...and it's all over your face
,then you do NOT have DRY skin. you're skin is just dehydrated. People with dry skin do not produce oil at all. So if you do still produce oil all over your face, your skin is just lacking water. And even if you drink 8 glasses of water each day, you can still have dehydrated skin.Go for a hydrating serum or lotion to splash your skin full of water toget rid of that "dryness" you are feeling.
Try Vichy's Aqualia Thermal Fortifying & Soothing 24hr Hydrating Concentrate
. It's my life saver when my skin get's dehydrated and it goes on like water. My skin feels amazing just after one use. Biotherm has a hydrating serum too.And then stick with a light moisturizer such as a gel so you are not using anything too heavy (with too much oil) for your skin...cuz ur already producing enough oil, right?! Biotherm's Oil-Free Water-Gel
moisturizer is soooooooooooooooooooo goooooooooooood. TIP:
Dry skin = lack of oil production
Dehydrated skin = lack of waterIf you produce oil just on the T-zone area
and our cheeks feel tight and dry, then you have a combination skin.Some parts of your face are producing oil, and some parts not. Still opt for a hydrating serum/lotion because ur skin can still be lacking water in some parts (anyone can get dehydrated skin especially in the winter!), but also use a cream for combo skin. that will target the areas you are DRY, but it will accommodate your oily areas as well. Try Biotherm's Aquasource Oligo-thermal Fluid SPF15 for Normal/Combo skin
(green packaging), or you can stick with the water-gel
one mentioned above if you like an extremely light feel.If you are not producing any oil at all
,all over our face, then you are a DRY skin type, which means you need a cleanser that is moisturizing (creams, milks, soap free - they do NOT lather) that does not strip away your skin's natural moisture/pH balance. Gel/lathering cleansers will strip it away; which explains why your skin feels very tight after washing. Biotherm's Milk Cleanser
for Dry Skin is excellent! You will also need a moisturizing cream to restore your skin's level of oil. Biotherm Aquasource Oligo-thermal fluid SPF 15 for Dry Skin
(pink packaging) is wonderful as well! Most people with just mild to moderate sensitive skin are good with Biotherm. They do contain Thermal Water in it, so it's very soothing and fortifying for the skin. If you have extremely sensitive skin, then opt for Avene or La Roche Posay products. They're made for people with the most sensitive skins (eczema, psorasis, rosacea) and also contain Thermal Water.
But if you are still producing oil, try to go for a soap & fragrance-free cleanser such as Avene's Extremely Gentle cleanser
.It won't disrupt the pH balance of your skin and strip much, if anything, away. The entire line from Avene is made for people with sensitive skin or for very reactive skin. They also have a milk cleanser you may want to try.
I have oily skin, but i looooooooooove the texture and feel ofmilky/cream cleansers. They are optimal for people with dryer skin types, but there's no fine line rule that says only dry skin types should use it. I also personally really dislike St. Ives products. lol they've never really worked for me, and have met many unhappy St. Ives users who complain about no results, and dry & irritated skin from using it. However, i kno there are some people who use it and are happy with it. But in your case, it doesn't seem so.
I hope that helps you figuring out what your skin type is and the condition that it is in, and what your skin needs. Then you will be able to know what products your skin needs. If you have any more questions or do not understand something, PM me or post a reply.