Are there really different skin types? Yes. And targeting yours the right way can make a huge difference in its health and appearance.
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Frequently asked questions about skin types are below.
Skin Types and Conditions FAQs:
OILY SKIN CARE Questions
Q. My skin is dry and oily at the same time, so I have dry flaky skin and breakouts andpimples. How is that possible?
This is usually due to an oily skin ‘type’ that is dehydrated, or at least in severe need of good exfoliation.
Often this can be misdiagnosed as a dry skin type, which is then followed by applications of rich hydrating products and inadequate cleansing/exfoliating – which only increases the problem.
It will usually look greasy, dull and uneven. It can especially be ‘bumpy’ on the forehead. If you have what seems like tiny bumps all over your forehead that can’t be squeezed like normal pimples, or that don’t seem to go away on their own, this is likely your problem.
What can you do about this oily-dry-skin combination?
Deal with the layer of dead skin cells that is causing the dullness and blockages. And deal with the dehydration/imbalance that contributed to it in the first place. And keep your skin clear and healthy in the future.
That sounds like a lot, but it is fairly simple:
- Most important is proper exfoliation – grainy scrubs will not do the job. Use an active chemical exfoliation which will dissolve those dead skin cells, unclog pores, control oil and refresh your entire complexion. And keep using it, consistent exfoliation like this is the best way to maintain clear, even skin, and will keep improving it.
- The exfoliation above will also help with the dehydration issues, as removing dead skin cells will ensure the newer, fresher layer of cells underneath benefits from your moisturizer.
- Check your other products – cleansers that are too harsh (leave a ‘stripped’ feeling on the skin or irritate), will contribute to the problem.
- Oils are surprisingly good for this type of skin – especially jojoba oil which is light and hydrating, but won’t clog pores (be sure to use cold pressed, available from Amazon* or most pharmacies). Use it as your moisturizer, also works as a makeup remover.
- Those little forehead ‘bumps’? They will go away with consistent exfoliation and the right moisturizer. It will take at least a week, most likely longer, to see a difference. The skin has to be gradually sloughed off and the pores unclogged. It works!
You might be surprised at the true state of your skin! Following the above steps will freshen, brighten and clarify your whole complexion.
Q. My face/nose is shiny by mid morning, no matter what cleanser or moisturizer I use.
Depending on where you live or what type of environment you work in, it can be very hard to control oil, even if you are doing everything right skin care routine-wise. Here are a couple of quick tips that deal simply with preventing the oil-slick:
- Milk of Magnesia works as a simple, cheap mattifier to help keep your skin shine free. Apply a thin layer with a cotton ball to dry skin, after cleansing, to the oily areas and allow to dry. If any whiteness remains wet it very slightly. Can be used under make up as a great primer. (Available from most pharmacies and drug stores).
- Make your own ‘shine spritz’ to use throughout the day. In a small spray bottle mix filtered water with 1tsp of lemon juice. Spray as necessary (avoid your eyes!). The lemon acts as an astringent and works well.
- I love glycolic acid and think everyone should use it – one way to ensure oil is controlled all day is to use your Glycolic Daily Exfoliator 7.5% as a morning de-shine treatment.
- Apply a thin layer to the oily area (usually the nose), and leave on for up to 1minute depending on your skin. Neutralize with cool water then carry on with your usual routine.
- This helps to dissolve oil before it starts, refine pores, and remove any dead skin cells that may be blocking said pores to begin with.
Q. I have really oily skin and hate wearing moisturizer. Can I just not use it?
Skipping moisturizer isn’t recommended. This will unbalance your skin and ultimately make it more oily in the long run. Plus, looking after your oily skin will ensure it ages well – oil acts as a lubricant against wrinkles!
DRY SKIN Questions
Q. My skin always feels dry and tight no matter how much moisturizer I apply. What’s wrong with it?
Has your skin always been ‘dry’? Are your pores visible? These questions determine if you have an actual dry skin type, or if your skin is actually dehydrated (oily or normal skin can be dehydrated). Which one it is will determine your skin care routine.
Either way, the following tips will help with dry or dehydrated skin:
- Has it gotten worse lately? Can you pinpoint what happened? For example, a move to a drier area. Working in an air conditioned environment. Hot showers. A change in skin care products. Illness.
- One way to really help skin hydration and plumpness is by taking Omega 3/Fish Oil supplements. Patience is required since they take from 4 to 8 weeks to really show a noticeable difference. But it is well worth it.
- Make sure you are really drinking enough water. You might be surprised at the difference you can make to the look and feel of your skin in as little as 3 days by dramatically increasing your water intake.
- If you take frequent hot showers at least try one not-so-hot and see if it helps your skin condition.
- An obvious tip – make sure you are not over cleansing and under moisturizing. If you feel like your skin is completely stripped after cleansing it is too much. If you feel like you need to continually add layers of your moisturizer it isn’t enough.
- To increase hydration of your skin overnight, apply a thin layer of Vaseline over your usual moisturizer before bed. This really helps. Wake up with softer skin!
- Use a humidifier at night. Seriously, this tip alone can change your skin. It can help make fine lines less visible (since these are often caused by dryness). It doesn’t have to be a fancy one, something like this will work wonders.
- Apply a thick layer of your moisturizer and leave it on for a few minutes, like a mask. Then massage any remaining cream into your skin. This is a great way to let it soak in and give your skin a boost, morning and/or night. No need for extra ‘hydrating’ mask products (unless you choose to use one).