New Skincare Routine – Sensitive Skin

My skincare routine as of the past 4 months has drastically changed since the last time I posted about it in 2018. If you are not familiar with my rash face in February on Instagram, I basically had two different types of rashes on my face. One around my eyes, origin unknown, that was around for a few weeks and healed up with some prescription ointment and one around my mouth area, which was diagnosed as perioral dermatitis and was healed with a 3 month antibiotic ointment. The dermatologist said I most likely got perioral dermatitis from a steriod nasal spray or from fluoride in toothpaste that came into contact with my skin. Other factors to this rash outbreak could of been environmental, spending my first winter in nyc was brutal enough on my skin, or stress from school, which in the past has proven to give me many bodily signs of illness.

The worst part about my rashes was the perioral dermatitis, I strongly suggest you look this up and do research. It is absolutely terrifying and, I can confirm, very painful to go through. Its like your skin is on fire and anything that touches it sets it aflame. I had to cut out all products completely, wear no makeup on the affected area (makeup was not an allergic reaction) and apply two antibiotic ointments for like 3 months until it finally went dormant. I had a skin allergy test done and my blood taken so I now know absolutely everything (!!!) I am allergic to, which includes environmental/nature to skin contact allergies –  its quite a list but I can live and avoid the majority of it, so it’s fine. Once the rash healed around my mouth, I started to wear more makeup again! It was torture honestly, I never wish this rash upon anyone. BUT this made me focus on what skincare is worth using and what wasn’t because I now have to avoid some ingredients to prevent the rash from coming back (YES IT CAN COME BACK!!!!).

The dermatologist recommended Vanicream to me, which is a more sensitive brand than Cetaphil, and I started using the gentle cleanser and moisturizer asap. Honestly, this is best stuff on the market and it can be bought at any Target or drugstore! I only used these two items for like 3 months straight, nothing else. Once I was cleared to start trying other products, I introduced an eye cream (non-retinol, because I was advised to let my skin around my eyes heal for 6 months before trying a light retinol eye cream again). The Kiehl’s eye cream is only great for one thing and that’s moisture, which at the moment is all I can use, but that is okay I can start to use a better one for under eye circles and wrinkles soon.

For breakouts during my rash, I used a very gentle spot healer product from Innisfree called Cica Balm which I still use today. If I have massive pimples, I’ll grab the Glossier Solution or the Caudalie Vinoperfect, they are both fantastic products but I cannot use them daily because my skin is extra sensitive now. The Glossier Supers have been perfect for me, they are effective yet gentle so no issues there! If I popped a pimple and I want it healed up asap, I just use an Origins Out of Trouble mask and I have no issues with that either.

For my face when I feel like I need a refresher or a gentle cleanse during the day, wearing no makeup, I use the Rose Petal Witch Hazel toner, which was also great for helping calm my fiery rash in the beginning.

And of course, for lips I still use the Glossier Balm Dot Com because it doesn’t irritate me and it is moisturizing.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS – when you have a rash go to the doctor immediately! DO NOT self treat. I REPEAT DO NOT SELF TREAT! Also, don’t use some other ointment you already have, it will only make it worse if it isn’t for the right rash!! That is what I did and it was so bad for me, I could of prevented so much of the rash from spreading if I did not self treat. I guess I learn the hard way sometimes…

List of Products I Currently Use:

  1. Vanicream cleanser
  2. Vanicream moisturizer and Vanicream SPF
  3. Rose Petal Witch Hazel
  4. Glossier Solution
  5. Caudalie Vinoperfect
  6. Innisfree Cica Balm
  7. Glossier Supers
  8. Origins Out of Trouble mask
  9. Glossier Balm Dot Com
  10. Tatcha Silk Peony Melting Eye Cream – Updated* I am currently allowed to use eye creams with anti-aging properties.

I hope you enjoyed reading my long saga of my rash face and if there is any other product I add to this list, I will update you guys. Thanks for reading 🙂



Photos by Sophia Kountakis.

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