Know Your Skin Type and Eliminate Acne
Did you know that even if you are taking care to wash your face regularly, if you are using the wrong cleanser for your skin type, you won’t be able to efficiently get rid of your acne?
To truly put up a fight against your acne, you need to know your skin type so you can arm yourself with the proper tools to cure your specific problems.
If you have no idea what kind of skin you have, read on for easy ways to tell whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin and for the best ways to care for your particular skin type.
If your face tends to look shiny and slick mere hours after washing it, even when you are wearing makeup, you have oily skin. This is one of the most common skin types, and it means that you need to take especially good care of your skin and use the right products because excess oil is what clogs your pores and causes breakouts.
Your ideal face wash is a gentle liquid cleanser or an cleansing bar made especially for oily skin types. Use your cleanser to wash your face two or three times a day: once in the morning when you wake up, once at night before you go to bed, and possibly once more midday if you have been playing sports or doing any sweat-inducing activities.
People with oily skin types should also use a skin toner, particularly one with salicylic acid. This will help decrease your oil and keep your pores cleaned out.
Another necessity for oily skin types is a pack of sheer face blotters. These discrete little sheets will help you conveniently remove oil and shine while still leaving your makeup in great shape!
Many, many people also label themselves as dry skin types. You can tell that you are among their numbers if your skin feels tight and itchy after you wash your face; another sign that you’re of the dry skin variety if cold weather makes your skin flaky, itchy, and rough.
As far as cleansers go, if you have dry skin, you need a face wash that has a lot of soothing moisturizing agents in it. That way you won’t feel so dry after washing your face every morning and night.
Unlike oily skin types, you should probably skip the toner–for some people with dry skin, even the mildest toners can irritate and dry out skin. What you definitely need is a good moisturizer–one that contains ingredients like Vitamin E, aloe, and panthenol.
For further details about what to about dry skin and other skin types, read these tips.
Combination skin is, as you may have guessed, a sort of mix of the other two skin types. You can tell that you have combination skin if you relate to some aspects of both the oily and dry skin types. A common characteristic of combination skin is that your skin is dry and flaky around the edge of your face but oily in your T-zone.
For those of you with combination skin, your ideal cleanser is a relatively mild liquid face wash. You should then use a toner, but only on the oily parts of your face. Make sure to use a skin toner sporadically, however, or you’ll risk drying out your skin.
Similarly, you should use a moisturizer–but only in your dry areas to avoid making your oily regions more greasy. Look for moisturizers that are oil-free and non-comedogenic to avoid clogging your pores.
Win the War Against Your Acne
Once you know your skin type, you have won the first battle in the war for a clear complexion–now take that knowledge and enjoy healthy, acne-free skin!