Many people have to suffer from either very dry skin, very oily skin, or acne prone skin, and while there is nothing wrong with this, it causes many of us to ask the question “Why is my skin like this?” quite often. Usually out of frustration when our efforts to take charge of our skin seem to blow away in the wind. With all of the conflicting information there is out there, it is difficult to feel like we actually got a true answer to this question, and often we end up closing our research tab with more questions than when we started.
So why can’t we ever find a solid answer? Well, it’s quite simple. There are many different answers. Both dry skin and oily skin can be caused by many different things. Here, we will go over some of the most common causes of your skin troubles, and a few things you can do about it. Before we get started I will address the fact that genetics do have a large role in what skin type you have, and this can make it difficult to battle the issue. While you won’t be able to change your skin type, this should help you to better control it and the uncomfortable conditions it can cause.
For some people, the cause of their dry skin may be obvious, such as having a condition such as diabetes, psoriasis, or eczema, but for others, you may be stumped. Dry air can cause dry skin very quickly, which is why so many people struggle with it during the winter months. The solution for dry skin due to dry air is simple, invest in a humidifier. There are cold mist humidifiers, warm mist humidifiers, room humidifiers, and whole house humidifiers. I would suggest getting a couple of room humidifiers instead of a whole house humidifier as it would do a better job, and you can adjust it to where you spend the most time in your home. If you don’t want to buy an actual humidifier or want a cheaper option, you can also look at an ultrasonic diffuser. It will act as a cool mist humidifier, as well as having the added benefit of being able to add essential oils which both smell good and some even claim can help with multiple skin issues.
Harsh soap is another common culprit, especially for those with sensitive skin. There may even be certain ingredients in the soap you’re using that is causing you to have a mild allergic reaction, although in that case, dry skin is usually accompanied by redness and irritation. Try switching to a more gentle soap, particularly ones without fragrance as fragrance is widely known to cause irritation and dryness.
Hot showers, harsh soaps, and not applying moisturizer. What do they all have in common? They are all part of a skincare routine. A bad skin routine can completely change the look and feel of your skin. Luckily though, a good skin care routine can do just the opposite. Hot showers dry out your skin like no other, and many people don’t know that. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to take ice cold showers. Just try to take the heat down a few notches to a comfortable lukewarm. Even those without dry skin will notice this will help your skin be soft, moisturized, and glowing.
Oily skin can be a bit more complicated, as oily skin can be caused by hormonal imbalances which are much harder to bring under control. If you suspect that your skin troubles are caused by hormones, talk to your doctor about ways to bring everything back into a peaceful balance.
Did you know that drying out your skin too often can actually make your skin more oily? Many people with oily skin don’t apply moisturizer, use ultra-harsh soaps or even plain rubbing alcohol, and scrub their skin raw in hopes that it will get rid of all that excess oil. Little do they know that they could be making their situation so, so much worse. When your skin gets too dried out too often, it tries to moisturize it by producing extra sebum. People see more sebum being produced and use oil removing wipes or wash their face again, repeating the vicious cycle. If this describes you, use gentler soaps and start using moisturizer. Even a light moisturizer will help you. After a few days, you should notice your skin producing less oil.
Acne Prone Skin:
Acne-prone skin is very sensitive to comedogenic ingredients in skincare and cosmetic products. Do your research on the comedogenic levels of ingredients and when you shop for new products, avoid these when at all possible. You should also try to look for the best face wash for acne prone skin in order to achieve the skin you always wanted.
Not removing makeup thoroughly every night can easily cause clogged pores, and with acne prone skin, even the smallest amount of residue can cause a breakout. Try using non-comedogenic oil, such as argan oil, before your normal cleanser. The oil will break down the makeup allowing the cleanser to wash off the makeup a lot easier. And don’t worry; the cleanser will wash off the oil as well so you won’t be left with greasy feeling skin. If you have persistent acne, consider seeing a dermatologist to rule out the possibility of hormonal acne or a more serious condition.
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