So many of us struggle to find the right acne product for our unique skin type. Some acne and skincare products like to group everyone’s skin into the same type of category, but we all have different needs when it comes to keeping our skin healthy. If you’re tired of generic advice that only applies to general skincare, these tips can help you manage your unique skin type.
Dryness is caused by a lack of sebum production in pores of the skin. Sebum is an oily secretion that comes from the sebaceous glands and helps naturally moisturize your skin. Without enough sebum, dry skin lacks the lipids it needs to retain moisture and build a protective shield against external influences. During winter months, dry skin can become increasingly difficult to manage. The cold winds and decreased humidity can further dehydrate and irritate your complexion.
Regular use of hydrating body and face lotion can protect your skin from the elements. Dry skin often feels tight and rough, but lotion can heal and reduce irritation. Those with dry skin should find moisturizing lotions with aloe and vitamin E that can soothe and nourish your skin.
Unlike dry skin, oily skin is caused by an overproduction of sebum, and is often characterized by glossy shine and visible pores. Those with oily skin tend to have a bigger problem with acne than other skin types. Acne is caused by oil, dead skin, and bacteria trapped in the pores. Bacteria that thrive off the sebum within pores are particularly troublesome for those with an oily skin. An oily face often leads to troublesome, unwanted blemishes. Facewash products which contain drying additives such as acids and peroxides can help reduce excessive oil build up and prevent acne formation. If you use lotions to moisturize, use ones that are light and oil-free.
When skin is neither too oily nor too dry, it’s referred to as normal. Normal skin is well-balanced and therefore easy to manage. If you have this skin type, you may still experience occasional blemishes, dryness, oiliness, and other issues, but your complexion will be more adept at correcting these issues faster.
When using skin treatment products, minimalism is key for maintaining healthy skin. You don’t want to use intense acne products that can cause your complexion to dry out and create problems you didn’t have to begin with. When issues of dryness or irritation occur, treat them gently and with care. Don’t panic and over treat your dilemma.
Combination skin is inconsistent; someone with combination skin could have oily skin on their forehead and dry skin on the rest of their face. Combination skin can be especially difficult to manage because no one product is going to take care of everything.
The trick to taking care of combination skin is isolating and identifying what sections of your skin are each skin type. It’s frustrating, but you’ll need to apply different products to each area of the skin. Moisturising lotion for the dry and cracking sections and oil-free lotions for the oily sections. If buying multiple products isn’t in your budget, opt for low-intensity products that someone with sensitive skin might use.
Sensitive skin might be considered a sub-category of other skin types. You can have dry sensitive skin, oily sensitive skin, and so on while still being sensitive. Symptoms of sensitive skin often include redness, itching, burning, and dryness.
Managing sensitive skin can be difficult. The best thing to do is find out what product ingredients cause your skin to react. If your skin is sensitive to sunlight, try to avoid direct exposure and be sure to use plenty of sunscreen. Identify the fabrics and detergents which irritate your skin and avoid them at all costs. Most of managing sensitive skin will be trial and error. One helpful thing you can do is make note of everything that causes a reaction in a journal or notebook.
Don’t settle for generic products that claim to work for every skin type. Identify your unique skin type and find the lotions and acne treatments that are right for you.
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