Apparently, skin burnout is now a thing in beauty circles. Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas explains skin burnout as having dry, dull, and overly sensitive skin. Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Kaveri Karhade explains it further to Instyle. As the body's largest organ, skin can be stressed out by many factors - pollution, UV light, and aggressive skincare routines, harsh products, and procedures. The symptoms of skin burnout are redness or dullness, irritation, and hypersensitivity. Dr. Karhade adds that using too many chemical topicals like retinol, AHAs and BHAs also increase skin's sensitivity. Using physical scrubs and manual exfoliation tools like cleansing brushes often also contribute to skin burnout.
How to Combat Skin Burnout
Both Vargas and Dr. Karhade agree that retinoids and acids are often overused or misused. Tone down your multi-step routine and go back to the basics. As Popsugar reports, one of the major skincare trends for 2021 will be "Skinimalism." It's the practice of using minimal products and celebrating a more natural look where pores, blemishes, discoloration, and the like, are allowed to shine through. This means taking a break from obsessing over products that are supposed to achieve perfect skin.
Dr. Karhade points out that many people have complex skincare routines but still struggle with breakouts and other skin concerns. She shares that those blemishes, redness, and cracked skin may well result from irritation from too many products and procedures that the skin simply needs a break. Instead of doing a twelve-step routine, just stick to a few simple products so that skin will soon feel better, says Vargas. Dr. Kharhade recommends products that calm and hydrate the skin.