Pilling is a common skincare problem that occurs when skincare products, such as serums, moisturizers, and sunscreen, ball up or rub off in small clumps on the skin. This can prevent skincare products from fully penetrating and delivering their intended benefits. Pilling can occur for several reasons, including the use of incompatible skincare products, applying too much product, or not allowing enough time for products to absorb into the skin before applying subsequent layers. It can also occur when the skin is not properly cleansed, as dead skin cells and excess oil can create a barrier that prevents skincare products from fully absorbing into the skin.
To prevent pilling, it is important to start with a clean face and apply skincare products in the correct order. Generally, it is recommended to apply skincare products from lightest to heaviest consistency, allowing each product to absorb fully into the skin before applying the next layer. A good rule of thumb is to wait for a minute between layers, you can spend this time massaging the product into the skin. Additionally, it is important to avoid applying too much product, as this can create a buildup on the skin that is more likely to pill. Another way to prevent pilling is to choose skincare products that are compatible with each other. Some ingredients, such as silicone, can be more prone to pilling when combined with other ingredients. If you are experiencing pilling, try changing your skincare routine and avoiding products with incompatible ingredients. Finally, using gentle exfoliants and cleansing regularly can also help to prevent pilling by removing dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin.