I first heard about skin fasting the same way I hear about most things that I “Just have to try”: Instagram.
There’s nothing more annoying than having someone respond to your skin woes with, “Well have you quit sugar? Or dairy? Alcohol? Have you been drinking more water? What about supplements?” At first, the concept of skin fasting sparked the same kind of irritation in me, so I was resistant.
Rogers says she often instructs patients with irritated and inflamed skin to stop using all skin care products except for a gentle, hypoallergenic cleanser and moisturizer.
“Once their skin has returned to normal, then we can slowly reintroduce products,” she says.
Jones says, the minimal routine ultimately didn’t do anything other than to leave “Build-up” on her skin.
Multiple dermatologist visits and experiments led her to conclude that no skin care trend is a given fix.
Skin fasting’s popularity isn’t without reason though, and while it isn’t a universal cure, it does work for many.