What Is Dry Skin?
Just as there are multiple personalities a person could be born with, there are in fact many different skin types a person can have that directly effect how their skin breaks out, how many wrinkles they have, and even the size of their pores. Besides normal skin, one of the most common skin types is oily skin. There are millions of dollars spent on advertising every year for products that target people with oily skin. However, there is another large group of people with dry and sensitive skin who unfortunately don’t receive the same attention.
You likely know if you have dry or sensitive skin from the itching, flaking, or overall sensitivity to certain products or even the weather. Just because certain areas of your face flake or peel doesn’t mean you have dry skin. You may have what’s called combination skin which manifests on the surface as patchy areas with both oily and dry skin. Most commonly, the areas in the t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) are oily while the area around the cheeks may be sensitive or you might even have dry skin around eyes.
Caring For Your Skin Type
If you are unsure of your skin type, be sure to consult a dermatologist for his opinion before implementing and skin care program. However, if you do think you have dry skin there are some things you can do to care for it. Start by avoiding any products with harsh acids or chemicals like the jessner peel. Even though it may sound like it could smooth your skin texture, it might actually do more damage than you think. Second begin using a gentle non-abrasive exfoliating scrub each day to help break down your dead and damaged skin cells. Finally, be sure to moisturize at least three times each day with a non-oil based moisturizer to help keep your skin soft, supple, and flake free.