I used to use the most expensive skin care products, go get facials weekly and after all this I realize it was actually damaging my face due to all the chemicals and perfumes.
I do see Dr. Heng as my dermatologist and she is a minimalist when it comes to facial products, skin care etc… and I use what she recommends except for Sunscreen. She didn’t really have a recommendation for a sunscreen but because I kept asking her for one she advised Neutrogena 70spf. However, that one burned my face some so.. I recently purchased Vanicream and that doesn’t really burn my face nor is it oily so I can use it without it clogging my pores. Just try to look for a very natural with no paraben sunscreen…. Problem with those though are they make your face white….
Facewash – Neutrogena Translucent Barsoap with no scent. ( I personally use the liquid, she wanted me to use the bar soap so I use less, but I just use very small amount like a small dot and wash my face with it) In the morning, I usually just rise my face with water instead of using the cleanser because cleanser does strip your face.
Face product – Psoria Gold, regular or Ultra ( I alternate between the two depending on how dry my skin is)
Sunscreen – Vanicream
BB Cream ( In place of foundation) – Aveeno BB Cream ( Dr. Heng recommended I don’t use this because it had pore clogging things. I don’t really use it but only on weekends. I used to wear make-up daily, but since the laser I only use sunscreen to work and on weekends if I am meeting someone I wear makeup and also for church, but I wash it off as soon as I get home)
Shampoo – Baby Shampoo ( recommended by Dr. Heng)
Ange, I do experience burning and hypersensitivity everyday. I can tell you the SPF rating of that day. LOL!!! I am that sensitive. Personally I can’t give you an actual gage of how much of the sensitivity has resolved I don’t know, but what I can tell you is… I used to sleep in the closet ( I obviously had a curtain in my bedroom, but even the small amount of light burned my face) I used to put a aluminium foil when driving home from work because light penetrates through fabric, When it was bad, even though I had all the lights in my office off the computer monitor burned my face. To me, resolving of the sensitivity to this degree is a miracle.
Rightnow, I drive home from work without any issues. I never sleep in the closet because I don’t have to. I don’t do outdoor activities nor do I goto the beach or travel much. I was never an outdoorsy person, but I am social. We talk about this all the time. If I were to have filed a law suit and won millions of dollars, would that have been worth it? No!! I would rather have a prettier face and no burning. To a doctor I am just another patient and oops he screwed up, but he has really ruined my life. But thankfully I am a Christian and have hope for healing so I am going to press on…
Hypersensitivity for me fluctuates depending on how my body is. Forexample if I drank a lot the day before I burn a lot more. Food does affect my burning and Dr. Heng has told me that there are foods that can make you more sensitive to the sun like…. Dairy. This is just my personal theory, but I personally think we are more sensitive when our body is in more inflamed state. When I do the fruit diet my inflammation in the face resolves quite a bit and I think because of that it resolves the sensitivity greatly while I am on it…. And I do think it also helps to build the skin some what because I was able to keep most of the benefit that I have gotten when I did the diet for 40 days. I am going to Cancun in a month. My friends were gonna go so I said Okay I’ll go but I somewhat wish I would have not bought the ticket so I can keep doing this diet instead. If I am not happy with the skin at that point I might just throw my ticket away and just stay home so I don’t eat all this meat and stuff. Healing my face is way more important than anything at this point and I do believe I will get healing it just will take time. However I do want to add that My skin is in a scarred state. I am sure yours is not. I am certain your situation won’t be nearly as difficult as mine. I think 3 month maximum of the fruit diet should really help you and resolve your issue. I am breaking out a lot at the moment and that’s because it’s releasing toxins out of the body.
I am now a firm believer that a topical is just not enough.. and no matter what the magazines and derms say …. What we eat does show up on our face and we have to chage our eating habbits and work out more diligently if we want better skin.