Picking the Best Skin Care Regimen for your Skin Type
What is your skin type?
Knowing your true skin type is critical for picking the best skincare regimen for you. It may surprise you that most people don’t know their skin type and are using the wrong skincare products. This can exacerbate current skin issues as you’re not addressing the real problem. The four most common skin types are dry, oily, sensitive and combination.
Dry skin most commonly appears as flakey, scaly, or rough. It can be caused by dehydration, makeup, diet, or skincare products! Some skincare products can be too harsh and strip the skin of its natural oils, if you aren’t applying a moisturizer your skin will be too dry and feel tight or itchy. Make sure that you use a mild cleanser and apply moisturizer twice daily, especially before bed because the body heals itself during the night. For night-time moisturizing try Obagi Medical Gentle Rejuvenation Advanced Night Cream It may also be beneficial to gently exfoliate the skin once a week. Relief for dry skin is within reach. Shop physician-grade and pharmaceutical-grade dry skin care products and skin care treatments for dry skin.
Oily skin can appear as shiny, greasy, or enlarged pores. Oily skin can be caused by hormone fluctuations so it is common for teenagers. It is also common to have acne with this skin type. For help fighting acne, consider tretinoin. Tretinoin, generic Retin-A, is backed by worldwide research and more than 30 years of successful treatment in preventing and healing acne. Tretinoin is FDA-approved acne medicine.
It is important to cleanse the skin twice daily, but do not cleanse your skin more frequently that that. If you strip all of the oils from your skin it will cause your sebaceous glands to overproduce oil. Caring for oily skin can be tricky. You don't want to leave too much oil on your face which can lead to blocked pores, blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes and even acne. On the flip side, over-cleansing or using a cleanser that is too strong can create dryness and even cause your skin to create more oil. For help choosing the right cleanser for oily skin, shop our specialty skin care products tailored specifically for oily skin conditions.
Sensitive skin is often red and it may burn or sting when applying makeup or skincare products. It is important to use skincare products that are mild, alcohol and scent-free. Stay away from harsh chemical exfoliants, retinoids, and chemical sunscreens. Sensitive skin may also be dry so apply a soothing moisturizer. Some suggestions:
- SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer provides clinically proven relief for redness and itchy skin. Also, Epidermal Repair by SkinCeuticals supports the skin's natural barrier function creating therapeutic care for sensitive skin.
- CherylLeeMD specialty skin care treatments relieve redness and irritation. Severely itchy skin can be soothed with hydrocortisone and the LipidRelease Technology found in CherylLeeMD's "expert" formula that provides long-lasting relief for skin conditions such as Eczema, Hypersensitive Skin, Inflammation, Irritation, Itchy Skin, Psoriasis and Rosacea.
- Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser for hypersensitive skin
Combination skin is often oily in the T-zone area (forehead, nose, chin) and dry on the cheeks. Theoretically, you could treat each area with different products specific for the dry and oily areas of the skin, but who can afford to buy double the products? The better option for your wallet is to find a skincare regimen that can treat both skin types.
Try Obagi Luxe, an all-day skin nourishing formula for all skin types. Its key ingredient, hydromanil, is a natural moisturizer made from tara seed. The effect is gradual rehydration of your skin to restore your skin's supple and smooth texture.
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel combines a patented blend of 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C, and 0.5% ferulic acid for broad-range environmental protection.
CherylLeeMD TrueLipids Hydrate, Correct & Perfect Lotion is ideal for all skin types and also treats specific issues such as inflammation, hyperpigmentation, eczema and more. Great for your skin and easy on your wallet, CherylLeeMD TrueLipids is an anti-aging formula, luxurious moisturizer and skin texture repair lotion combined in one perfect solution.