5 Simple Skin Care Rules to Help Avoid a Negative Reaction


I have had to learn {the hard way} that by constantly switching up my skin care products, if I have a bad reaction and haven’t followed a few simple skin care rules, I am left puzzled as to which one of the new products is causing the reaction.

Very recently I shared with you my experiences with the Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne system.  Because I followed a few simple skin care rules when incorporating that entire skin care line into my routine, I was able to pinpoint exactly which product was causing a problem when I did experience irritation.

I love trying new skin care, makeup options, and discovering new brands, but I know I need to be careful in the way that I welcome things to my face.

Especially with this blog, and wanting to share my experiences on different products, I have given myself a few simple rules to live by when it comes to my skin care and new products that I apply to my face.  By following these few simple skin care rules, if I am going to have a bad reaction to a product, whether it be a break out or irritation, I will know immediately which product is the culprit and can cease use immediately.

Not only does this allow me to be able to give an honest and thorough review here on my blog in regards to a product, but it also helps me from having to avoid sharing my face with the world as I do not have to spend days backtracking to figure out what is causing the problematic reaction.

5 Simple Skin Care Rules to Help Avoid a Negative Reaction

Simple Skin Care Rule #1 : Introduce new products on your day off

Saturday is the day I have chosen for introducing new products.  I chose Saturday because if I have a breakout or skin irritation, I do not have to face the work week with problematic skin.

Simple Skin Care Rule #2 : Introduce only one new product at a time

I touched on this point a little bit above, but I will only introduce one new product at a time so that I will know exactly which product is causing a problem, if a problem arises.

Simple Skin Care Rule #3 : Wait at least five days in-between introductions

I am not always home on a Saturday to try out a new product.  If I am gone visiting family for the weekend, I am certainly not going to introduce a new product to my face while I am traveling {I will take my trusty skin care products only} and I will wait until Monday to try that new serum I have been dying to give a go.  However, if I introduce a new product on Monday, I do make sure I wait until at least the following Saturday {five days} before introducing anything new.  Even if you do not break out immediately from a product, you may find that after two or three days, you do start to experience breakouts {the product ended up clogging your pores, for instance, and you do not see the impact of this until a couple days after starting to use it}.

Simple Skin Care Rule #4 : Don’t go at your skin care alone

When I first started really focusing on my skin care routine, I sat down with a dermatologist to determine what my skin care routine should be.  I am not a skin care expert, I have no formal education on the subject, so rather than trying to figure out what skin care products I should be using on such delicate skin, I asked an expert.  After speaking with a dermatologist, I now better understand what different types of products are meant for and why I use {or avoid} certain things.  If I am ever going to make a rather large skin care routine change {like when I started using a cleansing exfoliation brush}, I touch base with my dermatologist just to make sure I understand how to properly use or incorporate the new product.  If I am just going to change from one brand of moisturizer to another brand’s option, I do not call my dermatologist.  If I have a bad reaction to the new product, though, I will then give the doctor a ring!

Simple Skin Care Rule #5 : If possible, try a sample and do a patch test first

One of the {many} reasons I love getting subscription boxes such as Ipsy, Birchbox, and BoxyCharm is that they offer me the ability to try a sample of a new product or brand rather than having to first invest in the full size.  Retail locations such as Sephora and Ulta also consistently offer product samples and often times brands will offer value packs that include sample sizes of their new or most popular products.  I will almost always try a sample size of a product first before I purchase the full size.  On Saturday, when it comes to introducing that new product, I will try the product on just a patch of my face first {and then after a few hours or the next day, if I do not have an immediate reaction, I will apply it to the remainder of my face}.

The bottom line is that for the best results when it comes to trying out new beauty products, it is best to take it slow.

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5 Simple Skin Care Rules to Help Avoid a Negative Reaction

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11 Comments on 5 Simple Skin Care Rules to Help Avoid a Negative Reaction

  1. Kungphoo
    November 12, 2014 at 11:38 am (5 years ago)

    My wife and daughter have very sensitive skin, so they do the patch test and see what happens.. I will share your other tips with her.

  2. Briton
    November 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm (5 years ago)

    Great tips- especially if you react easily. My skin isn’t super sensitive but my husband’s is and sometimes he’ll wash his face with my products and end up with a super red face after 🙁

  3. Lauren
    November 13, 2014 at 5:50 am (5 years ago)

    Great tips! I had a TERRIBLE reaction once to Kate Sommerville moisturizer. My face legit broke out completely in hives. It took over 24 hours for the reaction to happen, so I had used it for two days before I broke out and it was basically awful. I was so itchy and I looked like a lobster! Unfortunately I had tried another new product with it, so I had to patch test them both on my arm to see which one I was allergic to. Now I definitely try to be more careful when I try out new products, especially not trying more than one concurrently!

    • Jen Cassellius
      November 13, 2014 at 7:05 am (5 years ago)

      I do not typically have reactions, and do not generally have sensitive skin, but the couple of times that I have was all I needed to be a little extra careful when putting new things on my skin!

  4. Stephanie
    November 15, 2014 at 5:02 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks for those tips! I haven’t really thought about introducing a new products on a day off, but it makes sense! Also, thanks for the comments on my blog!

  5. Pearl Moore
    August 14, 2015 at 7:00 am (4 years ago)

    Along with your suggestions, it shouldn’t be too hard for me to find some different products that would work well for me. Thanks for the tips!

  6. Deanna
    November 13, 2015 at 2:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Excellent tips. I have found that store-bought products leave my face red. Natural products do not. It must be b/c of the chemicals. I wish I had done a test patch prior to using some of the chemicals. I know now. Thanks!

  7. Renewing Serum
    March 11, 2016 at 6:13 am (4 years ago)

    We must be very careful in trying beauty products since we are not that expert on that area. It is still better to consult a dermatologists if what is good for our skin. Not all that we think is safe to others is also the same with us. As what they say prevention is better than cure. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us.


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