// Skincare Updates + PD
At this moment, my skin is in the best shape it has been in for some time now.
However, over the last few months, I experienced a seemingly mysterious skin condition. Being in my mid 30s’ my skin has calmed down and with the help of great skincare products, I haven’t had too much of an issue. I take a less is more approach and things were looking up. Enter in a few dry patches around my nose that were aggressively itchy. My first approach had me wondering if they were pimples and then eczema.
After some trouble shooting, turns out I have Perioral Dermatitus and was prescribed a fungal medicine by my dermatologist. However, this pesky condition has the ability to come back, and can be aggravated by different facial cleanses or ingredients and the cold isn’t helpful either.
PD prefers to be dry, so you will have to lay off your oils and anything else that might have caused a reaction. This takes carefully reading and looking at the items you have been using along with keeping stress levels low, and other parts of your body healthy as well. Everything truly is connected if you asked me.
I also learned of a skincare line specifically for PD and some other tips that friends who have had this condition used. Here are some of my tips along with skincare that doesn’t bother my skin when I don’t have and flaring up (I still avoid putting most everything on the sides of my nose, where I have the worst reaction.)
+ Osmia Skincare : The cleansing soap + moisturizer.
Totally organic and with a founder who knows plenty about PD, I learned so much and trust this product to always help soothe my face. I would stick to this exclusively if you’re having issues with PD currently. However, it can be too drying for some skin.
+ Diaper rash cream (with 40% zinc oxide) + zinc supplements
+ The only things that worked for me was time and figuring out the underlying causes, along with prescriptions from my doctor. Maybe this is my own thinking but if the rest of your system is upset (potentially you have BV or a UTI,) your skin might flare up. I was also prescribed metronidazole topical cream .75-1% and instructed to use this daily.
+ JKosmmre — Utilizing Beta-Glucans, this serum has helped the skin around my eyes tremendously as well as my skin’s overall texture. I use it with the toner and moisturizer (often mixed with a facial oil during winter days) + the enzyme cleaner when my skin is feeling calm
+ True Botanicals — Long time user and big fan of products from the facial cleaner (it smells so good) to the renew oil (a must have) and the exfoliating power of the (just finish off this whole body treatment with the body oil for the real skin win.) I also love using the + overnight. Though not a retinol it encourages skin turnover and there is a noted difference when using this regularly.
+ Edinburgh Facial Oil — On my third bottle now, but the smell and texture of this is beautiful. Great for mature skin, I always have this with me to use alone or mix with other moisturizing serums and oils. Love their products for face and body (and they have amazing glass or tin packaging, amen!)
+ Malin + Goetz eye cream — Always need a good eye serum, and loving this new one.
+ Osea Malibu Oils — Keep the roller in my bag, the cleanser in my bag, and use many of the other oils for body. So good.
+ Vita Coco — organic coconut oil. — Hypo allergenic, coconut oil is the moisturizer some of us didn’t know we needed. Some conditions are not ideal for using coconut oil, but I prefer to use this on my body.
Masks + Special Treatments
+ Tracie Martyn Exfoliating mask — Another incredible smelling item, I put this on and let it sit 5-10 minutes, and wash it off in the shower. Incredible products and a beautiful spa in NYC if y’all are ever in town. Has the best micocurrent facial you can get in the city, in my humble opinion.
+ Glow Recipe Avocado Sleeping Mask — I now use this every night over my entire night time routine.
+ CAP beauty facials — for clarity of mind and a calm spirit. These are rejuvenating. A massage for your face. Feels like an hour of meditation for me. Truly healing.
+ Clear & Brilliant Laser facial (from LaserAway) — These facials can be done in sets of 4, and can be done 1-2 weeks apart. Good for a host of issues.
+ Rare but also booking a laser facial with my Dermatologist Dr. Ingleton to help with broken capillaries around my nose and on my cheeks. This will part of long term skin upkeep for me. Also, she is brilliant and helped me understand my skin as a mid 30’s woman. I always recommend that you see professionals when diagnosing or evaluating skin and skin conditions. Dermatologists do not just look at your face, but skin over your entire body plus hair and nails. They can also discuss options for cosmetic work like fillers or other injectables, or treatments that might be beneficial to your skin, whatever stage of life you might be in.