Surprisingly, eliminating chemical exfoliants, glycolics and heavy toners from our skincare rituals can result in breakouts, and congestion, this is perfectly normal and a sign that skin barrier is impaired or damaged, and you could have a skin microbiome dysbiosis. The worst thing we can do when our skin breaks out is stress about our skin breaking out.
Kathy Pedersen talks Stress and Breakouts
“Stress is a factor in acne and skin breakouts, as it increases androgens - which increases oils and secretions around the hair follicle. If the skin barrier is damaged or impaired (over use of chemicals, microdermabrasion, UV damage, TEWL) the extra-cellular Matrix can stiffen and impair regular full desquamation.
“We see a build up of secretions and oils around the hair follicle which becomes stiff and hard, and this creates congestion. We need to create space within the exxtra-cellular matrix to allow movement of compounds to decongest skin, and move things out.”