When it comes to matters of
the skin on your face, you think you have dry skin, and yet
you are not sure. Perhaps your skin is not very dry at all.
Perhaps only a few areas of your skin are dry and others are
not. Or maybe you have a few dry areas and other places that
are oilier. You are not sure how to treat it because doing
one thing for all areas of your skin may have bad results on
certain areas while helping others.
So what gives?
It is most likely that you have both; you have dry skin and
another skin type. This mix of skin types means you have one
specific skin type. Combination skin.
Ah, tricky, because not only must you find good ways of
treating your dry skin, but you must also tailor your skin
care regimen to normal or oily skin. Frustrating yes, but
before you start stressing (as stress has never done
anything good for a persons skin), take a deep breath and
remember that not having overall oily skin can mean less
acne outbreaks for you, and not having overall dry skin can
mean less work in trying to get it to be soft and
common format for combination skin is to have an oily T zone, or the
areas of your forehead, nose, and chin, and to have dry cheeks and
eye areas. Take comfort in knowing at least your face is not a
patchy battleground of confusing skin types and instead the areas
are localized, which makes them much easier to treat.
You may even be comforted to know that your T zone is
probably not as oily as a person with overall oily skin, and
that your dry skin is not as bad as some people with overall
So what do you do with this combination of dry and oily skin
types? You simply have to adjust your skin care routine to
accommodate for both dry skin and oily skin. There are many
products out there that tailor to each skin type, or you
might even be interested in looking into products that are
made specifically for combination skin.
As with any skin type, there are certain things you will
want to perform whether you have dry or oily skin, so find
the right product for each and begin treating your skin.
Cleanser. No matter if you have oily skin or dry skin, you
still want to cleanse. Make sure that your cleanser will not
remove all the moisture from your face, because then your
dry areas will be worse off and your oily areas will only
produce more oil, thus counteracting everything you have
just tried to do for your skin.
Exfoliation. Dry skin means flakes of dead skin cells that
can get caught in your pores. Oily skin means dead skin
cells have a better chance of getting caught in your pores.
A good exfoliate will help clean your pores and keep your
skin free of dead skin cells.
Moisturize. This applies mostly to your dry skin, as it will
more than likely need the moisture. You can leave your oily
areas out of the moisturizer loop, as they do not need it.
Be sure to give you dry skin all the moisturizer it needs,
and use more if necessary.
Sunscreen. Whether you have
dry skin or oily skin, the sun will do damage to your skin
without a sunscreen to protect it. Find a good sunscreen
that both your skin types will be able to handle and be sure
to put it on at least 20 minutes before heading out into the
sun in order to give it time to absorb into your skin.
Anti pimple cream. Both dry skin and oily skin can be prone
to the occasional pimple or two, so have a cream or other
anti-pimple product on hand to help zap blemishes before
they get out of control.
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