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AAD Discusses the Benefits of Customized Skin Care

Posted: December 3, 2009

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In the morning, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal suggested applying a cream-based moisturizer to dry skin to help prevent or reduce irritation. Active ingredients found in skin care products penetrate more deeply into damp skin, which often can be beneficial in normal skin, but this can cause more irritation in individuals with sensitive skin. In addition, products containing acids, such as lipoic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid, may be irritating to sensitive skin. For that reason, caution must be taken with any skin care product containing these types of active ingredients.

To help prevent fine lines and wrinkles and help reduce irritation, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal recommends using a mild retinoid every night followed by a moisturizer to stimulate collagen production.

Skin of color tips

For people with skin of color, there are differences in skin anatomy, physiology and function that can influence how skin care products react with the skin. Even though skin of color is more resilient in many ways, it also is more sensitive to irritant reactions from harsh chemicals and active ingredients, such as glycolic acid, which can lead to exaggerated stinging and potential hyperpigmentation, or darkening of the skin.

Dr. Badreshia-Bansal noted that daily moisturizers are a must, since darker skin has a tendency to appear “ashy” when it is not well-hydrated. Creams and lotions applied after showering when the skin is slightly damp can help lock in moisture.