often times we get girls that come in complaining of sensitivity and peeling around the mouth, and lower half of the face.
we find that a lot of our clients break out on the lower half of the face, so they seem to be a bit over-zealous with the application of their toner to try and get the acne off of it. yes, this practice would help speed exfoliation, but it is also important to have the skin be comfortable, to keep the moisture barrier intact, which in turn helps facilitate healing of the skin. so to these girls we say, let the acids in the toner do their work. no need to rub extra hard! you can tone around the peely/sensitive areas, and when those areas heal and are back to normal, you can begin toning here again, gently.
another common incidence too is that these girls are making out with bearded dudes. bearded dudes run rampant in SF, the mission district especially! these hotties can be hard to resist with their cute outfits and hipster swag. so in these cases, after a makeout session with a fine bearded fella, take it easy on your skin.
avoid using exfoliants (mandelic toner, salicylic or glycolic acid, vitamin a) around the mouth, and treat the lower half of the face like you are recovering from a treatment – aka the healing regimen. gently cleanse, lightly ice, probably avoid toner and any exfoliating serums, and moisturize extra. you can do the clearing regimen on the rest of your face, and resume on the sensitive areas – only after they have healed.
one of our most recent and surprising discoveries have been made about stubborn chest acne.
one of our very loyal and regimented clients had the most relentless chest acne, and even with multiple extractions, chemicals peels and regular regimen maintenance, the acne persisted. it seemed to get a bit better right after the treatments, but inevitably would still come back.
then i got into detective mode and started asking her questions. is she really being faithful with the regimen? were her body products acne-safe? were her hair-products acne safe? was she using laundry detergent that was SLS-free? was she wearing cotton clothing (desirable) and avoiding synthetic fabrics? she answered yes to all these questions, like an sS acne-safe lifestyle abiding client should. 😉
then i asked her, if she laid in bed with her honey at night? and if so, would her chest be exposed and actually touching his body? yes, she said! what was he using? maybe he was using a cloggy body lotion? she said no, all he uses is dove bar soap. no other products. no lotions, no face creams, no lipbalms, no nothing. he just washes with dove bar soap.
perhaps the dove soap bar’s residue was somehow rubbing off onto her, so i suggested she steer her man into using her acne-safe shikai body wash for a few weeks to see if it would help her chest clear up. and voila, it did!
ps – sS carries shikai body wash in yuzu (a unisex japanese citrus scent, $10), but more flavors are available at whole foods and rainbow grocery. all the flavors should be safe, but do avoid the coconut one, since they probably use coconut oil to scent it (and coconut oil is cloggy!).