Should You Go on a 'Skin Fast'?

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Playing Now Is the Right Time to Give Your Skin a Reset

With mask-wearing and using less makeup while staying home more, chances are your skin is taking a well-deserved break and The Doctors welcome dermatologist Dr. Azadeh Shirazi to share why a skin reset or a "skin fast" can be beneficial.

Watch: Is Your Mask Protecting You from Getting a Severe Case of COVID? 

Dr. Shirazi explains many people give up on a new skincare routine after about a week due to a lack of seeing any changes, but she notes major changes to your skin can take weeks or even months. 

"Your skin is not a switch, there is no on and off button," the dermatologist tells physician Dr. Ian Smith. Dr. Shirazi goes on to explain that many people use too many products at once without even realizing how this can negatively affect the skin. She says our skin has memory and the repeated use of some products can cause issues like inflammation or irritation.  "It's good to simplify your skincare regiment," she says, noting the use of numerous products is usually not helpful. 

Watch: Why Masks May Lead to Less Severe COVID Cases

Dr. Shiraz shares her suggestion on how you can go on a "skin fast" and her tips to treat different skin issue, which is says should take place in morning and then before bed.

Acne and Rosacea

- Day: Dr. Shirazi suggests using a gentle cleanser, a product with niacinamide, and SPF day cream
- Night: She says to again use a gentle cleanser, azelaic acid, and a hydrating moisturizer

Melasma or Skin Discoloration

- Day: She suggests using a gentle cleanser, a vitamin C serum with ferulic acid, and SPF day cream
- Night: Use a gentle cleanser, a product with either hydroquinone, kojic acid, bearberry or arbutin, and a hydrating moisturizer

To Combat Aging

- Day: The dermatologist says to use a gentle cleanser, a product with growth factor/collagen peptides or hyaluronic acid, and SPF day cream
- Night: Use a gentle cleanser, a product with retinol or Retin-A, and a hydrating moisturizer

As for the extra skincare products you might not be using now that you are on a "skin fast," Dr. Shirazi says to check the ingredients and determine if you can use them on other parts of the body like your hands.

*Remember to spot test any new skincare product or speak with your dermatologist about what type of product you should be using.

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