Why aren’t my skin care products absorbing into my skin?
Abby, thank you for writing, this is an interesting problem that I suspect is moderately common. Since I don’t know your skin type I’m going to guess a little here. Usually people who have issues with products absorbing have very oily skin and the oil pours out through those pores leaving a very effective barrier on the skin against products. It would be like the rest of us putting a layer of olive oil on our skin and then trying to apply products!
I was recently at a national laser controversies conferences and one of the sections was on acne scarring. There are even people with soooo much oil that they don’t heal well from punch grafts or scar excisions on the face because the oil accumulates in the suture line itself and prevents healing!
How to help skincare products absorb into your skin
- Try washing your face first with an exfoliating cleanser. Since you will be using it twice a day, make sure it’s gentle enough. The grains should be gentle. Try using the exfoliating cleanser with the Clarisonic Mia. That should cleanse the existing oil from your pores long enough to get better penetration.
- Try the Skinceuticals Phoretin CF, it’s just as good and leaves less sheen.
- Use moisturizers that are gel based and oil free, like the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel.
- Also, try the Sheishdo blotting paper at Nordstroms and other department stores to lessen oil sitting on your face.
Hope this helps, Dr. I
Read my article on Cleansers.