I have what is known as combination skin. That means that part of my facial skin is oily and part of it is normal or dry. My oily patch comes in what is referred to as the t-zone, which encompasses the forehead and moves down the bridge of the nose. Mine continues to the chin area as well.
However, the rest of my facial skin is dry to the point of being slightly red and irritated. That includes my cheeks and the area around my eyes.
As you can imagine, combination skin takes very different maintenance methods. It can, therefore, be difficult to manage. It is hard to find cleansing and skin care products that address various skin types in a single application.
Like other women who suffer from this common problem, I had to find a way to bring my skin into some kind of workable balance. That was challenging to say the least. But now that I have, I would like to share a few words of wisdom with you.
To begin dealing with the issue of combination skin you must first identify the areas of your face that are oily versus those that are dry or normal. This can be done with a simple tissue test.
Begin by cleaning your face completely with your current skin cleanser. Then let the skin air dry. Do not pat it dry with a towel.
Wait about 45 minutes to an hour before proceeding with the test. In the meantime, do not put any kind of product on your skin. Simply let it rest as you go about your daily routine.
After the appropriate amount of time has passed, use clean tissues to check each area of the face – – forehead, nose, cheeks, eyes and jaw. Do not use the same tissue, but a new one for each of the identified areas.
To do the tissue test, press the tissue lightly into the skin area being tested and hold for about 10 to 15 seconds and then swipe the area gently. Remove the tissue and examine it. Areas that secrete too much oil will leave a slight residue on the tissue. Those that leave no residue are either normal or dry.
To determine which areas are normal versus dry, look at your skin in a well lit magnification mirror. Look for skin that looks smooth. Chances are good that skin falls within the normal zone.
Look for skin that is cracked, scaly or flaky. Chances are that that skin falls within the dry zone.
Now it is time to look for products that will help balance your skin. Begin with a mild cleanser. Anything too caustic can do permanent damage to already dry skin. Also avoid products that lather too much since they can rob valuable oil from areas where it is needed.
Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash is a good all around cleanser. It isn’t too expensive either at under $7. Best of all, it is good for all skin types.
Moisture is the most important ingredient in your skin so it must be replenished. It is better to spend all your money on a good moisturizer than buying a less expensive group of skin care products.
Moisturize often; at least twice a day for normal to dry skin. Add a third application in the areas that are particularly dry. Remove an extra application in areas that are noticeably oily.
Look for moisturizers that hydrate well for every skin type. These can be harder to find and a bit more expensive. However, the overall expense will still be less than purchasing multiple products to do the same job.
Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion is the favorite moisturizer of some women, including myself. Its price isn’t bad either at just under $15.
Choose skin care products that are specifically made for your type of skin. While normal skin can usually survive on moisturizer alone, oily skin requires products with alpha hydroxy acids or retinols in order to achieve a desired balance.
Stay away from astringents or toners than contain alcohol. Those types of products are harsh enough without the extra abrasiveness. They could rob valuable oil from already dry skin.
If the largest area of your skin is dry, invest in a good skin care cream that will work for both dry and normal skin. Renew Overnight is a great choice if you can afford the $50 price tag.
Exfoliate the skin often to eliminate dead skin cells. My personal preference for this process is microderm abrasion.
I think the best system on the market today ‘” at a price that won’t break the bank — is Youthful Essence. Developed in conjunction with dermatologists and sold by actress Susan Lucci, Youthful Essence even comes with a line of skin products that work on most skin types.
Always wear sunscreen. No matter your skin type, sunscreen is a must. You really can’t use too much so feel free to double up with added sunscreen in your skin care or makeup products. The point is to always be covered against the damaging rays of the sun.
Choose makeup products that are suited for combination skin. While it might be tempting to reach for those inexpensive makeup options, you could end up wishing you hadn’t. It is better to spend a few extra pennies and get products that will enhance and protect your skin.
Physician’s Formula makeup is a good option as are many choices within Almay and Neutrogena. The point is to find something that helps you both balance and maintain your skin in the best possible condition.
Wear a hat in bright sun. Even though sunscreen is meant to shield your skin, a hat provides valuable extra protection for the more delicate facial skin.
Living with combination skin in today’s world is no big deal if you have the knowledge you need to make the right choices. When in doubt, always check with a dermatologist. She will be willing to work with you to find the best skin care regimen for you.
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