For some, classifying their “skin type” isn’t as simple calling it oily or dry. If you notice dry and oily patches on your skin or notice some parts of your skin are more acne prone while other parts are hyperpigmented, you most likely have combination skin. Kim Chang, aesthetician at Baylor College of Medicine, shares combination skin and skin care basics.
“There are several different categories when it comes to classifying skin. These include skin types that are prone to being oily, dry, dehydrated or having acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation. Combination skin will be a blend of these different types,” Chang said.
Identify if you have combination skin by creating a skin journal. Recording how your skin looks and feels day by day alongside changes in diet and hormones can reveal patterns and allow you to focus on what skin types you have. Chang advises to pay attention to your entire body when creating a log as different skin types can manifest all over the body.
“Most people will notice on their face first before other parts of their body, but these types can be on a person’s arms, legs and back,” said Chang.
Having various skin types can be attributed to hereditary and environmental factors. While genes may determine your skin type, pollution and sun exposure also play a role in the development of skin types. Some skin types may experience varying amounts inflammation, which contributes to making skin more prone to acne. As we age, our skin loses more natural oils and often leads to hyperpigmentation or age spots.
Fortunately, maintaining combination skin is an easy, familiar process. Chang advises following the recommended skincare regimen of cleaning, moisturizing and protecting. Cleanse in the morning and evenings, regardless of life activities, and use products that exfoliate well with manual and chemical exfoliants to help keep skin balance. Additionally, combination skincare routines should also be synonymous to changes in weather: don’t be tempted to use too hot of water when it is cold outside and do not over-exfoliate when you sweat more.
Above all, Chang reminds patients of the impact a healthy lifestyle can have on all types of skin.
“Healthy skin habits for glowing skin are not exclusive to one skin type. It’s important to keep good health like getting enough rest, exercise and balanced diet in general,” said Chang.
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By Aaron Nieto