Social media has become a place where young women can get beauty tips and advice on skin and hair care. Some might be helpful, but others not so much. Slugging is one beauty trend that young women have been talking about for months now. It seems like a good way to get rid of dryness and giving baby soft skin. But do women with oily skin or acne issues really need slugging? Read on to find out what an expert has to say about slugging and acne.
Health Shots connected with Dr Banani Choudhury, Consultant Dermatologist, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research centre, Mumbai, to understand if slugging should be included in a skin care regime while fighting acne.
What is slugging?
Right from cleaning face with a facewash to protecting skin with the right sunscreen, our skin care routine can get a little exhaustive. Now, some are rooting for slugging, which Dr Choudhury says is the application of a thick occlusive product at the end of a skin care routine. It’s basically sealing in all of the products that you applied before the occlusive product. They are the ones which form a layer on skin without actually penetrating through it. It just forms a barrier at the top layer of skin so that any active products under it can penetrate deeper.
Petroleum jelly is an occlusive product that many women rely on to get rid of dry skin. The expert says that it is also used for some skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis or xerosis where there is severe dry skin where. In these cases, it helps to retain the moisture in skin.
Slugging and acne
Slugging seems to be beneficial for women with dry skin. Those who have skin barrier defect where even after applying a moisturiser, the skin feels dry in some time, can also enjoy its benefits. But Dr Choudhury says that women with very sensitive skin and acne-prone skin should avoid slugging. Any product that stays long on skin can cause more absorption through skin. This can in turn cause irritation and allergic reaction in people with sensitive skin. In these cases, the occlusive products can cause redness, itching and inflammation.
Acne-prone skin can get comedones after using occlusive products. So, be it petroleum jelly, glycerine or any thick skin care product, it can cause clogging in skin by blocking the skin opening. Also, slugging on dirty skin, whether it is acne-prone or not, is not a good idea as it can lead to acne breakouts. So, clean your face properly before slugging.
Skin care routine for acne-prone skin
Just because slugging is trending, doesn’t mean that you need to squeeze it in your skin care routine. Women with acne-prone skin can try the following skin care routine:
• Use an acne-friendly face wash
• Use a light gel-based moisturiser and sunscreen
• Make-up products should be removed properly so that make-up particles does not clog your skin
• Stay away from occlusive products
• Go for a very light serum or gel consistency which does not make skin greasy and at the same time gives the desired effect of brightening and skin hydration
So, if you are planning to slather on a layer of petroleum jelly onto your skin as the last step in your skin care routine before going to bed, think again.