If you are like the majority of people today you might feel a little overwhelmed by the amount of cosmetic products available today, and how to choose what is best for you and your skin. With more and more pressure to look younger and healthier this issue will not be going away any time soon.
Although facial creams are the most common products found on the cosmetic market to day, the face can be frequently afflicted by a variety of skin diseases that complicate product development. The best aspect of our facial skin is that it is some of the most forgiving skin on the body when it comes to surgical manipulation; facial skin usually heals without scarring following surgery or aggressive peeling. However, facial skin is the least forgiving when it comes to allergy and and irritation. Secondary to the propensity for allergic reactions formulations for the face should be hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and nonacnegenic to prevent these breakouts.
The most common facial product is moisturizers. The purpose of facial moisturizers is to mimic the affect of sebum and to enable healing of the stratum corneum. What should be avoided with moisturizers is the blocking of the sweat duct which can cause whiteheads and blackheads, and to avoid an irritative rash. The second most common skin product is facial cleansers; facial hygiene should be a balance of maintaining a health biofilm, the thing layer of sebum, sweat, products, medications, cosmetics, dirt, and bacteria on the skin surface, while preserving the integrity of the skin barrier leaving the intercellular lipids intact. A good facial cleanser should remove sebum, P Acnes (bacteria that causes acne), and other bacteria and fungi found on the skin. Most people with dry skin will avoid cleaning the face fearing it will dry them out more and people with oily skin can over clean the face t0 try to dry it out. It is important to maintain facial cleanliness but it can be kept too clean.
It has been said that the eyes are the window to the soul, do we realize when we say that someone looks tired or sick we are commenting primarily on people’s eyes? The skin on the eyes is very complex, it must be thin enough to allow for rapid eye movement but strong enough to protect the very delicate eye tissues. Skin on our eyelids is also the most sensitive of all of our skin, which is why they are the most common site of irritant and allergic contact dermatitis. This dermatitis can come from products applied directly to the eyelid or transferred from the hands to the eyes. The eyelid skin ages quickly, this results in laxity of the skin on the upper and lower lids. This laxity can be attributed to many factors; UV exposure, gravity, swelling can also contribute. The use of eye creams and sunscreen is vital to preventing the above mentioned issues.
There are many new facial and eye creams on the market, which makes it hard to find a good product that will work for you. Although there are no “miracle creams” out there, there are options to help improve the overall condition of your skin and play an active role in your every day skin regimen. Dr Kayal currently carries three skin care lines in his office that may be beneficial to your skin care needs. Consider a free cosmetic consult today, call 770-426-7177 to find out what products are available.