Is your skin dry or oily, or both? Is your skin type pretty normal? Do you know? Knowing your skin type is important in order to understand what your skin needs to stay healthy. Our Milford, CT, dermatologists Dr. Marco Petrazzuoli and Dr. Amy Davis offer up some advice for how to care for your skin no matter what your type.
Do you notice that your skin looks shiny most of the day? Are you prone to different kinds of breakouts, from blackheads to cystic acne? If so, then you most likely have oily skin.
Dry or Sensitive Skin
Do you notice patches of redness or flaking? Does your skin often feel like it’s been pulled taut after you wash it? Do you find that a lot of skin products burn or sting your skin? If so, then you may have sensitive and/or dry skin.
Sometimes certain areas of your face may be flaky and dry while your forehead or nose is oily. If this sounds like your skin, then you have combination skin.
Maybe you don’t notice any skin issues that point towards oily, dry or combination skin. Perhaps everything is perfectly balanced. Lucky you! You have normal skin. As a result, you probably don’t see any changes to your skin throughout the day (e.g. becoming shiny or more oily by the afternoon hours).
Here are some rules to follow to help improve your skin:
- Look for a face wash that contains glycolic acid, which can help to exfoliate the skin while also preventing it from becoming too dry or oily.
- Talk to our Milford, CT, skin doctors about whether retinol products could work for preventing acne breakouts while also preventing lines caused by dry skin.
- You should still use a moisturizer, even if your skin has oily spots. For particularly dry patches, opt for a thicker moisturizer, while oily areas often do better with a much lighter moisturizer.
- Those with normal skin may find that it’s easy to look for products that help their skin; you can use just about anything. Of course, if you have sensitive or oily skin, you may want to talk to us about what products or skincare lines would work best for you.
- Get your ZZZs! No matter what skin type you have, all skin can benefit from the wonderful effects of sleep. Make sure you are getting about 7-8 hours a night.
Knowing how to properly care for your skin and its issues can be challenging. This is why it’s a good idea to call Connecticut Coastline Dermatology in Milford, CT, if you are having challenges. We can help create a treatment plan that works best for you.