Make Use Of This Opportunity To Work On Your
In general, Dr. Stevenson recommends checking in on your skin at three points during the day:
- when you wake up
- when you get home from work
- before you go to bed.
Right now, obviously, many of us don’t get home from work, we just are home and also working. So the blurring of that line can be a little difficult to navigate. It might require you to pick a time when your work day is usually over. Still, try to take those moments—and only those moments—throughout the day to tune in to your skin. And, as SELF explained previously, setting time limits like this is one crucial strategy to managing skin-fueled OCD symptoms.
One of the few, tiny silver linings of having this time at home is being able to take the opportunity to more closely monitor your skin and how your products affect it, Dr. Stevenson says. But it’s also important to recognize when you’re paying too much attention to your skin, which can be especially difficult right now if you deal with OCD or a body-focused repetitive disorder that involves skin picking.
Ultimately, it’s completely understandable that, with so many changes in our lives, our skin might be going through some changes too. And, for most of us, the changes will be relatively minor and easy to manage with our usual acne- and irritation-fighting strategies. But if your skin changes are causing extra stress or you don’t know what’s causing those changes, it’s worth checking in with a dermatologist about what you can do to deal with them.