The skin is our body’s largest organ and most efficient protective cover. Having something go wrong with it is hard to ignore and thus, we always take care of it and will do what is required in order to bring it back to its normal status and resume its routine functions. It should not be surprising that we would want to conserve its natural appearance as much as possible, especially in the face and other parts where we usually attribute aesthetic significance. In general, a person will either have dry skin or oily skin. There are people however, who are born with a combination skin type where some skin areas will be oily and some areas that are dry or normal. An area of the face called T-zone comprising the area across the forehead and going down to the nose and the chin is usually oily too. This area will feel greasy and look shiny. It is also where pimples and blackheads develop. A person with combination skin will also develop wrinkles and acne breakouts at the same time where it will have dry skin and rosacea.
Scientists and skin experts are not totally in agreement when it comes to determining the causes of this type of skin. While genetics can largely be blamed, there are other factors that contribute to the development of combination skin type. There are cases where even the anti aging skin care products that some people use have caused combination skin problems. These products may contain ingredients that stimulate production of oil in the so-called T-zone area, irritating the skin and creating more areas of dry skin on the face. Some facial skin moisturizers may have too much emollient content which tend to make skin produce more oil and thus clog the pores. It is therefore important to choose skin care products that are prepared especially for the different skin types that you have, which means that you might have to use a different product for different parts of your facial skin.
The best products to use for combination skin are those that don’t tend to stimulate oil production and thus avoid making matters worse than they already are. You should choose facial skin care products that have the right formulation and designed for the combination skin type that you have. If you have to, try using a different product with the right formula for the T-zone and another type for the rest of your facial area. You may have to try such different products before you can finally find the ones that will result to a balanced treatment for your combination skin.
To start on the right track, always use a facial cleanser with a gentle, water-soluble formulation. This will help protect your skin from dryness and irritation. For oily and dry combination skin type, you can try a mild foaming or gel-based cleanser. For sun damaged dry skin with rosacea, the ideal cleanser to use is a lotion that has a light formulation. You must make sure however, that regardless of your skin’s texture, you must always use gentle action and strokes when washing your face. The sun’s rays, while beneficial for those who need Vitamin D, can cause wrinkles and other skin damage. Thus, it is essential that you use sunscreen, especially if you have oily skin. Sunscreen with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as active ingredients is recommended if you have rosacea and sensitive skin combination skin type.