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Thursday, January 14, 2016

How to Skin Journal

How to Skin Journal

My skin woes have been well documented on this site: from hives to adult acne, not to mention the seemingly random allergic reactions. As little as two years ago, I truly did feel at a loss with my complexion, it seemed that no matter what I resolved be it small blemishes or not, a new issue would appear; spurred on by my G.P I began composing a skin care journal and although it may not be the answer to all my complexion problems, it certainly has helped map out what products I am best to avoid.

How to Skin Journal

Much like anything form of journalling, how you approach creating and keeping a log of your skin problems and irritants is entirely up to you. Really your daily aims should be to write down what you have applied to your skin (more important for new products than tried and tested, well loved items), any existing skin problems, where they are located and if you believe your skin has acted adversely to a product.

I personally prefer to keep everything short and sweet, I rely on quick notes and tend to jot everything down in the morning; that way I don't have to guess what I have slapped on once I come home in the evening. I will admit that this is often easier said than done but well worth the effort if you have particularly problematic skin, and want to get to the bottom of the issue. Below is my basic daily outline, which may serve as inspiration for your own skin journal:

How to Skin Journal

- I list any new products, I also briefly make a note of how they feel on my skin i.e any signs of tightness, redness, itchy/uncomfortable skin, and in the case of eye products do they sting or make my eyes water. If it happens to be a new foundation I do like to mention how it proformed and felt on the skin; more often than not I'll also make a note of the wear time later in the evening, this is more for reviewing purposes than anything else but something fellow bloggers may want to take on board?

- If I have a tried and trusted product I don't bother jotting down, more so if I use it almost daily. I do however make a note of any products that I have dusted off and revisited, just in case my skin can no longer tolerate such item.

- As someone with blemish prone skin, I don't map out where every blemish on my face resides - I'd be there all day! Rather I make a point of mentioning where any existing breakouts are located and over the following days if the situation has improved/deteriorated. This was apparently really helpful to my GP when diagnosing my adult acne - the more you know huh?

- My other tip would be to source a small, slim-line diary that offers a day-to-day page view - that way you can see at a glance the products that are not for you, and where your skin has reacted adversely with ease.

Personally I find having a skin journal to be a great reference point, especially when memory is not serving me all that well. It's great should I ever be in any doubt if I have ran into any problems with a long forgotten product in the past. Sure, I might need to flick through two old diaries to see if a now discontinued face mask is worth dusting off or not, but hey better a paper cut than a face full of itchy hives, am I right?

I hope this is somewhat helpful to anyone who suffers from seemingly random breakouts and allergic reactions to beauty products. Who knows by casting aside five minutes each morning you might just get to the bottom of your skin irritants?



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33 comments:

  1. I've never thought about creating a skin journal before but now I just might! My problem is more "bacne" but I do have recurring problems with my face as well (oh, don't we all) so looks like this might be the start of getting semi-clear skin!

    Chantel //Bonnie Blondie
    xo

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    1. I was in the exact same position not so long ago - I swear by tea tree face wash for my back. I find it is more concentrated than a body wash so it really dries out the blemishes. I tend to buy brands like witch - really cheap :) fingers crossed for you!

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  2. Did you consider noting down the food you were eating? So often bad skin is more related to what we eat and what stage of our cycle we are than what we put on our faces. That is my case, so I always find more answers in what I eat.

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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    1. Weirdly I did, I had to submit a six month food diary to my GP last year and then underwent allergy tests. The only thing I'm allergic to which I already knew is dairy - sucks to be me! I avoid it on the most part and have to say my skin is a lot clearer. Due to my job most of my flair ups are due to switching and combining new products - silly I know but I can't help myself, I get too excited about new launches haha!

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  3. Wow, this is such a great idea! What a great way of documenting your skin care. Thanks for the tips!

    www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

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  4. this is an interesting idea, might try it http://maybemayhemmakeup.blogspot.com.au/

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  5. This is such a good idea! One minute my skin is oily the next im getting dry patches and breakouts. I might try this, Thanks! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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    1. Sorry to hear that! No problem, I hope it helps!

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  6. Fantastic idea😀
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  7. This is such a great idea to document what works and doesn't work for you! Definitely going to keep this in mind xx

    Ioanna | hearting.co.uk

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    1. Thank you :) yes really great if like myself you tend to use a lot of new products and once and forget what is what ha!

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  8. This is so interesting! I need to try this! xx
    junebugmakeup.blogspot.com

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  9. This is a great idea when you have several skincare products to test for a longer period of time. My memory has never been so weak...

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    1. Tell me about it, I forget constantly what I have used and what I haven't ha!

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  10. I have so many products that I use inconsistently--keeping a journal is a smart idea!

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    1. I couldn't agree more - it really does help :)

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  11. Such a good idea! I'd never thought about keeping a skin journal before. Definitely something to try out : ) xx

    www.girlinalbion.com

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  12. Oh my gosh, that is so smart! I am definitely going to do this, thanks!

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  13. This is such a good idea! My skin is so tempermental and has changed from an oily mess to dry as hell! La Roche Posay skincare is completely worth it for breakouts and skin treatments!

    http://dashofbeautyxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. This is such an awesome idea!!! I have mild acne but do tend to breakout to different types of skincare pretty often so I really love this idea of journaling what new products you're wearing and how they feel on your face. It's also a great habit to get into for blogging purposes so you know how long you've been trialing a product for and when you tried it for the first time, etc.

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

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  15. Oh my Adrienne, love your new site layout, so chic and gorgeous!! And thanks for sharing this wonderful post - it's great to know that you keep a skin journal because I would never have thought of that in a million years and I think I probably should start doing that to keep track of products that I use! xx

    The Girl From the North

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  16. That's an amazing idea. I've had problems with my skin for years, but I've never thought of making a diary for just my skin woes. I think monitoring stress levels and what you eat and use would all be huge contributing factors to my particular skin.

    Katherine || The Green Bows

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  17. This is such a good idea and I have so many issues with my skin and never know what is making it go crazy so I might do this so I can evaluate my skincare!

    https://oneofthosecrazygirlsblog.wordpress.com/

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  18. I never thought about skin journaling! My face reacts differently to different products so if one irritates it I throw it away automatically but sometimes forget what it was or what the ingredients were, this would be a great way to keep track. I am trying out a lot of products because of ipsy, birchbox and other recommendations so I will have to start writing them all down. Thank you for the awesome idea!

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