Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: How Can I Stop My Skincare From Making My Eyes Water? Plus More...

Mar 16, 2023
Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: How Can I Stop My Skincare From Making My Eyes Water? Plus More...


Hello and welcome to another fantastic Mailbag Friday! If this is your first time, every Friday I answer two questions related to skincare that my customers have asked the week before. This week is pretty interesting, so I’m excited to get into it!

The first question comes from Brenda in Washington, D.C.

Q: Hello Dr. Ryan. I have very sensitive eyes and every time I try a new eye cream my eyes start to water. What can I do to stop this?

 women with hurting eyes

A: Hi Brenda! I’m sorry you’ve been struggling to find the right product for you. Having sensitive eyes can be tricky for this exact reason, but I have a suggestion that could be a huge help to you! Let me tell you what that is…

If you’ve been getting all teary-eyed each time you’re using an eye cream it could be one of two things - either you have very sensitive eyes, or the product you’re using is traveling upwards and getting into your eyes.

If it’s because of sensitivities, there’s a quick and easy fix…

Switch over to a product that has been formulated to be gentle enough for sensitive skin!

These types of products allow you to use them without any irritation because they cut out things like strong fragrances and harsh ingredients.

I’ve had a few customers who have told me that my Eye Recovery Serum works great for their sensitive eyes, so I have no doubt it would work for you!

Otherwise, if your eyes are watering because the product you’re using is traveling upwards and getting in your eyes, the best thing to do is to make sure you’re using a serum instead of a cream.

Serums sink into the skin a lot faster than creams, so it’s less likely they’ll get into your eyes.

Another reason my Eye Recovery Serum would be a great fit for you!

All in all, your products are never meant to irritate your skin or make you tear up. If they are, it’s best to switch them up!

My next question comes from Nina in Baltimore, MD.

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan! I’ve been really stressed out lately and it’s showing in my skin. I’m starting to get breakouts, even though I’m 45! What can I do to stop the breakouts?

 woman popping pimples

A:  Hi Nina! I’m really sorry to hear that you’ve been stressed out lately. Stress can be healthy in small amounts, but when it starts to take its toll on your skin it’s never fun. I have a great recommendation that might help you get rid of those breakouts and maybe even help you relax!

Everybody experiences stress at one point or another in their life, and it can be a difficult thing to deal with if you’re not prepared.

Before we talk about what you can do for your skin, I want to emphasize that it’s important to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself and creating time to de-stress.

A great trick I learned a few years back is to carve out some time each day - it can be 20 minutes or a full hour - to do whatever you want!

By doing this, you’re making sure that you have some well-deserved time to focus on yourself. It can be a game-changer when it comes to helping you get rid of stress.

Now onto your skin…

To start, you’re going to need to find yourself a gentle foaming cleanser that helps to get rid of all the gunk in your pores.

Breakouts are a lot less likely to happen when your skin is clean, so this should be your top priority.

Today, I’m going to recommend my Lavender Oil Cleanser to you for two reasons…

First, it’s great at keeping your pores clean and getting rid of extra dirt and bacteria on the surface of your skin.

Second, it’s got Lavender oil in it, which has been known to work incredibly well for de-stressing.

Try using this cleanser twice a day, and really take your time with it to allow yourself to relax and take in the beautiful, calming Lavender aroma.

I hope this helps, Nina, and I hope you’re able to find some time to rest and relax soon!

Take care!