While there is a plethora of skin care products out there, this doesn’t mean that it is always okay to use too many of them. Apart from the associated cost, overloading on beauty products also comes with the risk of irritating your skin or making your existing conditions worse.


Unfortunately, it is extremely easy to over treat or use lots of products without realizing it. In fact, overloading can sometimes be the culprit as to why you have breakouts or clogged pores. Read on and find out if you’re overloading on beauty products.

Red, flaky, and itchy skin

Applying too many beauty products all at once can make your skin vulnerable to having red, flaky, and itchy skin. This could be due to wrong product combinations or active ingredients counteracting each other. The same can also be said for generous application of the product.

Using different methods of exfoliation (scrubs, acids, retinol, and microdermabrasion) can also trigger these reactions. Too much scrubbing can irritate the skin, as well as make it more sensitive to the sun. 

Shiny but not oily skin

This can be an indication that you are over-exfoliating your skin. Do take note that over exfoliation can cause you to lose more dead skin cells. Experts suggest that what you should aim for is some roughness in the surface of the skin to avoid shine and enable the light to scatter.

Make sure to avoid exfoliating too much or doing it daily, and using multiple products with exfoliating agents. You should also avoid over cleansing your face, as it can strip off the skin and damage its lipid barrier. A tight feeling could be a sign that you’re over-cleansing your face.

Your skin is breaking out

Acne is frustrating to deal with so it can be tempting to use different acne-fighting products all at once. While the effort is well intentioned, this can backfire and make your breakouts worse. This is because overusing too many acne medications can dry and irritate your skin, resulting in more breakouts.

Resist the urge of over treating your acne. Also, keep in mind that most acne treatments can take six to eight weeks (or even longer) to improve your skin. If you think that what you’re using isn’t working, talk to a skin or aesthetic doctor for other product or treatment recommendations.

Too oily skin

It is normal and understandable to reach for oil-fighting products if you suddenly find your skin a bit oilier than usual.  The sad part is, using too many of them can throw off the moisture level of your skin. This can overly dry your skin, which will then have to overcompensate by producing more oil.  

If you think that your skin is oilier than the normal, consider limiting the amount of oil-fighting products in your skin. You might also want to consider light creams and oil-free moisturizers like Dr. Sylvia’s Deep Hydrating Moisturizer

This rehydrates the skin without the use of oil-based ingredients. It can also restore skin’s moisture without clogging the pores, making it a good choice for those with oily and acne-prone skin. This face moisturizer also has hyaluronic acid to give the skin superior levels of hydration. 

When it comes to skin care, the less is more approach is sometimes better. This means following and sticking to routine that works for your skin type. You can also contact Cutis Laser Clinics and book a consultation with one of our aesthetic doctors to help you create the right skin care plan.