The problem with having sensitive skin on your face is that a lot of creams and treatments for sensitive skin are very emollient and can clog your pores. It’s assumed that sensitive skin automatically equals dry skin. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not really sure whether I would be classified as having sensitive dry skin, or having combination skin that is sensitive. I’ve always imagined typical ‘dry’ skin as skin that is parched, flaky, tight, and never, ever gets breakouts or clogged pores because it’s just too dry. However, while this often describes the overall state of my facial skin (especially in the harsh fall/winter weather here in the Midwest, where you’re either subjected to cold winds outside or really drying heat pumped in when you’re inside), I do still get clogged pores or even acne from time to time.
Last week, I started slathering Aveeno Eczema Care cream all over my face at night to try and soothe my redness and irritation. It’s got oatmeal and ceramides, which are good stuff, but it also has petrolatum way up there on the ingredient list, and it really is not suitable as a face cream. I kind of knew this as I was putting it on, but I figured I’d rather have acne than rashes any day.
I ended up getting a couple hard bumps of cystic acne that were painful, deep under the skin, and in one case, very, very obvious. I got one on my forehead that was raised and about the size of a quarter. It was so obnoxious that my own dear brother (who has also been afflicted with allergies, asthma, and eczema during his life – although he has asthma a lot worse than me, and I have MUCH more struggle with eczema than him) asked me, “What happened to your forehead? Did you get stung by a bee or something?”
So. It’s extremely difficult to find a moisturizer that is not only emollient for my dry patches, but soothing and non-irritating for my rashes, and also will not clog my pores. Add to the list that I will not use something with parabens, fragrance, butylene glycol, propylene glycol, shea butter, methylchloroizolithazone (I think I butchered the spelling of that, but it’s close), DMDM hydantoin, and a couple other ingredients that I can’t remember right now but I would know them if I saw them on an ingredients list. Of course, I want to avoid petrolatum/petroleum as well, so that my pores don’t get clogged, and I would also like to stay away from coconut oil ingredients, as I started getting a rash when I used coconut oil on my legs for a while.
You wouldn’t believe the number of moisturizers out there that LOOK promising, but contain one or more of the above ingredients. At night, I’ve been using natural oils as moisturizers, like olive oil, grapeseed oil, or sweet almond oil. However, the problem with these is that I think they end up rubbing off into my pillow as I thrash and turn in the night (very restless sleeper I am) and I wake up with a dry face. I also feel that these oils just kind of sit on the surface of the skin and don’t really sink in. I need something that will get absorbed and actually improve the feeling and look of my skin when I wake up. Any suggestions???