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Re: Skin sensitivity, aging and giving up products.....

@SahmIamwrote:

 

.....Also, foundation is often a culprit so give that up as well. Exfoliation is a huge no-no; use a washcloth GENTLY every other week. ...  

 

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I can only assume that advice re exfoliation was directed to you and your circumstances.  It's  one of those "one size does not fit all" things.

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I started exfoliatng on an almost daily basis when I was rather young ... in my late 30s.  I'm now in my late 70s and still doing it daily w/o any issues.

 

I'm really not interested in anything labeled "anti-aging."  I'm doing perfectly okay w/o them.  From chatting with friends (70s/80s/9os) ... most of them are the same way.  Our one obsession is our hair ... really serious about not missing a "hair appointment."   Well groomed women ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Skin sensitivity, aging and giving up products.....

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@ALRATIBA  Actually, no, it was not directed solely towards me, that's why I'm posting about it and asking what others are doing. It is her professional opinion/outlook as a medical doctor based on what she sees in her office daily that:

 

*exfoliation more than once a month is too much and is a cause of many skin issues especially if you are post menopausal

 

* foundations cause many issues due to the fragrance, too much oil or cones, alcohol

 

*Serums targeting firming (which use chemicals to stiffen or freeze the skin), cell turnover (exfoliating), fading of brown spots (more chemicals) are major irritants and should not be used.

 

These comments are directed to those who are seeing increased sensitivity as they age but did NOT have these problems before (until menopause due to the hormonal and chemical changes in the body). If you are NOT having any of these issues, then obviously this doesn't pertain to you.

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Re: Skin sensitivity, aging and giving up products.....

'Skin sensitivies' traditionally involve conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis. When you consider what those conditions are, they all involve the immune system, which declines with age. So it would be logical to assume that if you can boost your immune system and keep it healthy then skin sensitivities could be reduced. Many bad things can happen when the immune system weakens. 

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Re: Skin sensitivity, aging and giving up products.....

@SilleeMee  Exactly.  Menopause apparently is the benchmark for women when auto-immune conditions are triggered. This is exactly what happened to me. Once that door is opened, the path becomes a bit more dicey regarding allergic reactions. Not fun. : (

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Re: Skin sensitivity, aging and giving up products.....

Most of the sunscreens are really rough on my skin too.  I have had tp opt for foundation without ant sunblock.

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Re: Skin sensitivity, aging and giving up products.....

@SahmIam  I use anti-aging but when I find something that works (no rosacea flare for starters) I stick w/it.

 

Best products for me are Lancome Genifique serum, Perricone Brightening line and cleanser, Perricone Neuropeptides and moisturiser by both Perricone and Absolue/Lancome.

 I feel like I have quite a bit of choice; my biggest issue has been shampoo and hair products sensitivities.

My hair products of choice now: Australia Eleven shampoo, conditioner and miracle hair treatment

 

I have absolutely NO dermatitis, rash, redness,itchies from this hair line.

I'm not going down without a fight. You shouldnt have to either.

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Re: Skin sensitivity, aging and giving up products.....

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@SahmIam  My skin is sensitive but not overly sensitive.  I always burned in the sun; never a sun tan.  At age 60, I developed an auto immune disease (rheumatoid arthritis) which is very late in life to get.  Anti-aging products for most part contain ingredients that are irritants.  I stay away from that and prefer moisturizers that hydrate my skin.  I use No 7 Tinted Moisturizer for a little color and spf protection. A little blush and lip balm or lipstick and sometimes a dark brown mascara.  My regimen is simple and I like it that way. Cat Happy  I forgot to add that my sensitivity issues actually improved with age so go figure.

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Re: Skin sensitivity, aging and giving up products.....

My skin is eczema prone but it's random. Menopause made the skin on my face drier as it was oily before. As I saw that I've got a zit right in the middle of my chin - the same area that I was getting zits at in February and March.

 

I can't seem to tolerate glycolic acid anymore. I do better with salicylic acid but even then I can get the peeling uglies where I dab on The Ordinary 2% salicylic acid peel gel. I think the peeling and flaking in my T zone is why I've made the switch over to mostly asian beauty as I was being to aggressive before with scrubs and acids and that was making my skin go crazy.

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@SahmIam @TY @Katcat1 @SilleeMee 

 

At 55 things on my face started changing.

Now, at 67, WHOA! I have an autoimmune skin condition called Lichen Planus (in my face) and Lichen Planopilarus on my head.

Since virtually every derm .org is certainly more worried about major damage to the body with this disease, very little information exists about which makeup products there are for the face.

Products without Titanium Dioxide are a must for me now. The types of cosmetic products available act in a different way than typical beauty products.

 

My first realization that something was really wrong with my facial skin occurred at about age 63ish. My usual products started to make me rashy. My unblemished skin looked like “fish scales” and was very dry. Hair was disappearing all over my body! Especially noticeable were my brows; but brow hair is now growing back!

 

At age 57 ish, kept going back to PCP or my old derm, and they kept rxing corticosteroids or retin A or telling me that i had MERSA staph.  A breakout on my chin waxed and waned for years but never went away.

 

Since last August, when I finally decided to visit a new derm, my skincare products have mostly consisted of Elidel cream, (an immunomodulator) and coconut oil!

 

I am working with new products that are free of the dreaded TiO2. It requires patience to apply them b/c they really don’t spread or cover unless I first apply plain shea butter (L’Occitan) to keep the foundation from just falling into the pores.

 

Talk about getting older being a bummer! Really!

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My problems started with periods of memory loss and brain fog when I was in my late 40s. Then shortly after that I was diagnosed with scleroderma. Come to find out both the memory loss and the scleroderma are connected to decreasing levels of estrogen as a result of meno. I was shocked about the memory loss and low estrogen. Many women just chalk it up to getting old...but it's more than that. 

 

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