You can see when something not-so-great is happening on your skin, but are you “listening”? Your skin may be trying to tell you something about your lifestyle and your general health. Here are some common cries for help and how to handle them.
Your skin’s cry for help: Chin acne
What it’s saying: Your hormones may be changing.
Has your acne relocated south of the (lip) border? Adult acne is typically tied to hormonal cycles that cause tender breakouts along the U-zone — your jawline, mouth and chin.
What to do: It’s time to get serious about controlling that breakout cycle with our UNBLEMISH Regimen for Adult Acne and Visible Signs of Aging.
When to see a doctor: If your acne is cystic and stubborn, see a dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment to avoid scarring.
Your skin’s cry for help: Dry, cracked lips
What it’s saying: You may be dehydrated.
Did you know that your lips have very thin skin and no sweat or oil glands? This makes them vulnerable to dryness and dehydration. Parched lips are a sign that you need hydration and moisture internally and externally.
What to do: Increase your water consumption and consider adding healthy fats, like olive oil and avocado, to your diet. Give lips some topical relief and protection, too. REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum helps lips retain their natural moisture, and ESSENTIALS Lip Shield SPF 25 moisturizes, conditions and protects lips from the sun.
When to see a doctor: If your lips are blistered, irritated, itchy or crusting; if you see reddening of the skin; or if you have body chills and aches with coughing.
Your skin’s cry for help: Dark spots
What it’s saying: You need sun protection.
Are you prone to freckles, sun spots or age spots? Have you noticed patches of darker color? These are all signs of past or current sun damage.
What to do: Prevent future damage by wearing the sunscreen in your Rodan + Fields Regimen every single day and also protective clothing, a big floppy hat and sunglasses. (Don’t rely on your moisturizer or makeup for complete sun protection even if they contain SPF.) Keep sunscreen in your bathroom, your purse and near your front door so you’re always reminded and prepared. Remember, aging UVA rays pass through clouds, rain, snow and even glass.
To counteract existing dark spots and discoloration, try our REVERSE Brightening Regimen to brighten and visibly even skin tone or our REVERSE Lightening Regimen to diminish dark marks, patches and age spots. It even works on melasma.
When to see a doctor: Consult a dermatologist right away if you notice a new spot on your skin, or if an existing spot — especially if it’s a mole — changes in size, shape, or color, or appears different from other spots.
Your skin’s cry for help: Under-eye circles or puffiness
What it’s saying: You’re overdoing it!
We’ve all been there. Lack of sleep, dehydration, allergies and stress can show up as dark circles under the eyes. An unhealthy diet (salty foods, alcohol, caffeine) can contribute to under-eye puffiness and more pronounced dark circles.
What to do: Conclusion? Go to bed early, sleep in, increase your water intake and eat healthy foods, and pull out your yoga mat to destress! And try Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex, which instantly illuminates and soothes the eye area, and improves the appearance of under-eye puffiness over time for a more rested look.