Your skin is your body’s largest organ. The outermost layer of your skin is constantly being tested by external elements. Skin can be damaged in a number of ways and damage can show up differently for a number of people. Damaged skin can impact your skin appearance, makeup application, and skin texture. There are different things that can be done to seemingly repair your damaged skin, though.
What Can Damage Your Skin?
Skin is extremely delicate and can be damaged visibly but also invisibly. These are just a few of the most common things that can damage your delicate skin.
The sun’s rays are extremely damaging to your skin. The sun’s UVA and UVB rays penetrate deep into your skin and can change the skin’s coding patterns. This changes the skin texture, colour, and appearance. With a lot of unprotected sun exposure, you may even develop damaging skin cancer.
Physical skin exfoliants scrub away the top layer of dead skin, revealing brighter, new, and soft skin underneath. While you may think physical exfoliation is helping your skin, you could be doing more harm than good. Scrubbing your skin with hard physical exfoliators can cause microtears in healthy skin which may allow bacteria in your skin.
Acne itself won’t damage your skin; however, popping and picking pimples can create acne scars or blemishes. Acne scarring changes the texture and appearance of your skin, typically acne scars are a darker pigment and alter your skin’s appearance without makeup.
Signs Your Skin Is Damaged
You won’t always be able to see damage, however, there are a few times you will be able to tell that there is something about your skin that has changed.
Skin Feels Tight
When your skin is damaged, it may feel tight and almost painful without even touching it. This is because your skin is lacking hydration and nutrients. Typical culprits include sun exposure and too much physical exfoliation.
Damaged skin will be coloured differently than the rest. Typically the colour change is only in certain spots on the face or body. Acne scars and stretch marks are two types of damage that present themselves as different pigments.
Texture is Different
When you touch your skin, you may feel a difference in texture. Some parts of your cheek may be rough or patchy, where others may feel extremely oily, when you apply makeup to the skin.
Luckily, skin is an organ and can repair itself slowly over time. There are a few key treatments you may use to fix your damaged skin.
The first thing you can do is stay hydrated. Hydrate your skin inside and out by drinking water and using a moisturizer day and night.
Simple Skin Care
When you are trying to heal damaged skin, heavy fragrance can be very unhelpful. Instead, opt for a lightly scented or, better yet, fragrance-free option with simple and proven ingredients.
Next, wear sunscreen. Sunscreen is very important when you are healing your skin. Even if it is already damaged by the sun or anything else, sunscreen can prevent additional damage.
Finally, treatments like microneedling are a great option for any clients looking to reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks. Small controlled punctures stimulate collagen and promote healthy skin repair. Skin treatments like, and including microneedling are available at the FAB Laser and Skin Care in Burnaby.
Interested in treating damaged skin? Contact the skin experts at FAB Laser and Skin Care today to learn more!