Skin care

What is Your Skin Type?

There are three basic types of skin types, dry skin, oily skin and combination. The classification is mostly based on the amount of oil your skin produces, which is determined by your genes, diet, levels of stress, medication and any skin care programme you may be following.

Basic skin types explained

Dry skin

Some people have naturally dry skin but still suffer from acne contrary to popular belief. Dry skin can be difficult to deal with because it is usually very sensitive and will not react well to strong products.

In some cases, it is the skin products that cause dry skin. Many facial cleansers and acne treatments dry the skin artificially and you may find that your acne is still causing problems despite this dryness.

The first step is to change your cleanser and find a suitable moisturizer that is aimed at sensitive dry skin. Gels are usually more effective than creams or lotions because these replace moisture without clogging the pores.

Try a good quality skincare product such as Exposed skin care. This moisturises and cleanses without drying the skin.

You should also try drinking more water. This rehydrates the skin and is helpful in flushing toxins from the body. If you have chemically induced dry skin you should stop using acne medication and instead treat spots and breakouts with a natural product such as Green tea or tea tree oil.

Oily skin

This is the skin type that is most prone to acne. The excessive oil produced by the sebaceous glands is the major cause of acne and if you have oily skin you will need to be scrupulous about your cleansing regime. A good quality cleanser that is mild and does not cause excessive drying is the best option. Try a natural product and avoid anything that clogs the pores. Use oil free cosmetics and always make sure that you remove all make up before bedtime.

An acne treatment that does not destroy the balance of your skin and is suitable for acne sufferers with oily skin is Clear skin Max. The tea tree oil cleanser is perfect for removing dead cells and unclogging pores and the astringent, which is derived from comfrey and witch hazel, is a gentle way of keeping your face clear without side effects.

Combination skin

Many people with acne have combination skin and it is a problem to treat. Generally the oily areas are located around the center of the face and affect the nose, chin and forehead The oily patches combined with dry patches require opposite treatment and products designed to dry up acne only will make your dry skin areas worse.

You should always use products on your face that are specifically designed for combination skin. That way the oil will be absorbed, the dry areas moisturized, and the overall result should even out. Try a natural acne treatment. A Tea tree oil based product will target your acne without drying or adding oil to affected areas.

How to check your skin type

If you are not sure of your skin type there is an easy test that you can do, which has been suggested by Rona Berg. Simply wash your face and pat it dry, then on different locations on your face gently press a few pieces of rice paper or lens-cleaning tissue paper.

  • Oily skin – paper will stick, will pick up oily spots and become translucent
  • Dry skin – paper doesn’t stick or pick up any oily spots
  • Combination – paper sticks to your forehead, nose or chin

The most popular skin type is combination with about 70 percent of women, which one are you? Not all skin care products are suitable for all skin types, but the best acne treatments can treat all skin types effectively.

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