How to Care for Combination Skin
Everyone has a skin type. Your skin type refers to the particular way that your skin feels and interacts with your body chemistry as well as the environment around it. Though most people describe themselves as either having dry or oily skin, many actually have what is known as combination skin. This is when different areas of the face have different skin types or are experiencing different issues at the same time.
Most often, combination skin is when some areas of the face are dry while the T-zone (the central area of the face) is oily. Sometimes it means that the face both has signs of aging and acne.
Caring for combination skin can be difficult because it can be confusing to figure out how to care for the different ways that the skin is reacting. You may find that your skin becomes less unbalanced when you begin using products that aren’t making the situation worse—meaning that you stop using products that contain harsh or damaging ingredients.
Try a gentle cleanser that is directed toward your type of combination skin. Generally a gel-based cleanser is the ideal choice. Do not use bar cleansers because they contain ingredients that will clog your pores and may be exceptionally drying.
Always protect your skin from the sun using a sunscreen. This must be done every single day of the year, even when it seems overcast. This will slow the effects of aging, prevent wrinkles, and help protect you from developing skin cancer.
Exfoliation is especially important for people with combination skin. Regularly exfoliate with a product that contains the ingredient BHA, which stands for beta hydroxy acid, also referred to as salicylic acid. This ingredient will gently remove dulled, dry skin form the surface and allow the healthy, younger-looking skin underneath to come through. Moisturize carefully! You may need to use more than one product on different areas of your face to ensure the issues are being met effectively.
If you require personalised skin care for combination skin make an appointment to see our dermatologist. Contact us today!