Quick Tip: What to Do with Skincare That Makes You Breakout

Have you ever spent $$$ on a skincare product that just doesn’t do it? I get so many amazing recommendations and love to try new skincare products, but getting a breakout or other unwanted result is the worst. If you can’t return the product for whatever reason — and for me, sometimes that’s just because I don’t have time to march to Sephora — here’s what you do with a skincare product that makes you breakout:

Use it on your neck and hands

Using skincare on my neck and hands was kind of like daily sunscreen for me….I didn’t start it until I had my “oh shit, I’m going to turn 30 eventually” moment. It’s pretty easy to just focus on your face with skincare. No one swoons over your perfectly exfoliated neck, ya know? Here’s the thing: ignoring these areas can lead to major signs of aging down the road.

What to do with skincare that makes you breakout: don't throw it away! You can still get benefits from those pricey products, even if they don't work for your face.


Skincare for Your Hands

Ever look at an elderly woman’s hands? Tons of age spots and wrinkles, right? Your hands are almost always exposed to UV rays, making them a hot mess of skin damage as you age. While keeping them pretty in your teens and twenties might be limited to manicures, it pays off to think ahead.

Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian say they put skincare products on their hands every night, making sure this potentially troublesome area stays looking fresh. If a product is too rich for your face (causing breakouts), good news — it’s pretty unlikely your hands are going to breakout. Rub that amazing stuff on the back of your hands every night and live a little bit like a Kardashian.

Skincare for Your Neck

Like my hands, I ignored skincare for my neck until very recently. It felt wasteful to use all these pricey products there! One unfortunate result of our smartphone addiction, however, has been “text neck.”

Text neck is the name for the wrinkles and skin issues that result from looking down so much. Dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank says “Double chins and sagging above the collarbone from constantly looking down at computers and iPads are more visible in the younger demographic,” which sounds pretty terrible, right? Luckily, it’s the perfect spot to use products that for whatever reason aren’t perfect for your face. Assuming the product is of good quality, I love applying products that don’t work for my face to my neck, because I feel less guilty about “wasting” it. Plus, much like your hands, your neck is less likely to breakout!

Does anyone else use extra skincare products this way? Let me know! If you want to get more advice on skincare, be sure to check out my interview with an expert here.





What to do with skincare that doesn't work for your face? Don't throw those pricey products away!