Use hypoallergenic products containing petroleum jelly, urea, glycerin and lactic acid. They act as emollients and humectants. Wash and moisturize your skin daily and avoid drying agents such as pool-water chlorine.
1. Dermalogica PreCleanse, $48 (150 mL).
2. Vichy Laboratories NormaDerm Gentle Cleansing Gel Cream for Clear Skin, $19 (200 mL).
Look for oil-free, non-comedogenic products. In general, glycolic acid, salicylic acid and retinol-based cleansers, toners and masks are useful for acne-prone skin. And make sure to thoroughly remove makeup at the end of the day.
3. Garnier Nutritionist Purifying Gel Cleanser, $10 (150 mL).
4. Bioré Pore Perfect Self-Heating Mask, $13 (8 single-use packages).
Use hypoallergenic and irritant-free products. Watch out for sunblocks with pure titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Test a pea-sized amount of any new product on the elbow crease and wait a week for any reaction.
5. Dermaglow Sensitive Rx Gentle Foaming Cleanser, $45 (150 mL).
Eczema can be treated like dry skin. For problems such as rosacea, consult a dermatologist for anti-redness products, and laser or intense pulsed-light treatments. It’s also a good idea to use boring old hypoallergenic skin products.
6. Avène Clean-Ac Derma-Cleanser Adjunctive care to anti-acne treatments, $25 (200 mL).
Do your homework and consult a dermatologist on old and emerging cosmeceuticals, such as glycolic acid or anti-oxidants like thujaplicin. Be religious in your use of moisturizers, drink lots of water and use sunscreen.
7. Olay Definity Illuminating Cream Cleanser, $15 (150 mL).
8. Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Exfoliating Discs, $78 (8 discs).