7 Signs You’re Not Looking After Your Skin Properly

You know all that face mapping stuff about how breakouts on certain areas of your face can indicate other problems inside your body? Well, before you start analyzing whether those zits on your chin are a hormone imbalance, wonky spleen, or the result of you obsessively stroking your chin, it’s important to realize that an upset complexion could simply be a sign that you’re not taking care of your skin properly.

You might think that you’re taking good care of your skin with all of your cleansers and face masks, but your complexion could be telling a different story. That’s why it’s important to recognize the different signs. And “upset” skin can mean different things depending on the person. For example, if you have oily skin like I do, the signs your skin is irritated are probably slightly different than those for someone who has dry skin. To help you recognize all of the indicators, I’ve listed some of the key things to watch out for. You’re welcome. These are the seven signs that you’re not looking after your skin properly.

Your Complexion Is Irritated

Does it feel a bit like you have a mild sunburn despite the fact you spent the weekend inside embracing Netflix and chill? If this is a reoccurring issue for you, it's time to take a good hard look at the products you're using and assess what could be causing the reaction. It's possible that some skincare product you're using, like a cleanser or moisturizer, could have an irritant in it like alcohol or perfumes. Look at the ingredients of all your products, and if you see something that could be upsetting your face, toss it and look into getting products for sensitive skin. You don't want to be using anything that irritates you.

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Your Skin Is Redder Than Normal

If you have rosacea or your skin has a natural pink undertone, this may not apply to you. However, even if you fall into the previous two categories, it's still important to be aware of any changes in your complexion. Redness can be a sign of allergic reactions and if your skincare products are giving you those, you need to stop using them ASAP.

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You've Started To Break Out

Has your face been relatively spot-free and now you're dealing with frequent eruptions? There are lots of things that can cause pimples from hormone fluctuations to stress, but it could also be from your skincare regimen. It sounds cheesy, but it might be a good idea to track when you're getting those zits to help you narrow down the cause. You could be using a product that's clogging your pores, or a makeup remover that doesn't remove makeup as well as it promises, both of which can make you break out. Also, consider whether you've started using any new skincare products recently.

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Your Face Feels Uncomfortably Tight

If you're prone to dry skin, this is a sign that you need to up your moisturizer ASAP. And be aware that even if you have oily or combination skin, you can still experience this issue. It's especially common if you use harsh skincare products like those to treat acne. So, keep a bottle of moisturizer handy.

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Your Face Just Looks Dull

If yo're not sick, and if there no other health issues that could be causing your lackluster complexion, then the issue probably has to do with your skin itself. Look for products to exfoliate the dead skin on your face away then add some brightening products into the mix.

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You Have Random Dry, Flaky Patches

Is your complexion smooth like a baby's bottom or is it covered in random patches of skin flakes? If you fall into the second camp, you probably need to add some exfoliation into your routine, girl. You can do it simply by washing your face with a washcloth a few times a week or using a gentle scrub. Just remember not to over-scrub your face because that can create other issues.

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Your Face Is Itchy

Do you find yourself scratching your face despite there being no bug bites on it? That's a good indication that something is up with your skin. And the chances are that it's dry. Pay attention to where your skin is itchy. If it's all over, that probably means you need to look for more hydrating products. If you find that your face is only itchy in certain spots, like your jawline, it could be a sign that you're not applying enough product there...or at all.

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How do you treat your skin when it’s upset? Let us know in the comments!

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