Combination skin is the most common skin type. In fact, it’s often referred to as “normal skin.” However, this skin type often includes acne breakouts, particularly in the T-zone area. In most cases, combination skin means you have oily skin in the T-zone (the T-shaped area of your forehead, nose, upper lip and chin), but drier skin on your cheeks. How do you select the best skin care products to help get rid of acne in your T-zone without over-drying the rest of your face? Here are three tips from the skin care experts at Murad on how to effectively fight acne for people with combination skin.
Combination Skin Acne Treatment Tip Number One: Use a Gentle Skin Cleanser
One of the greatest challenges with combination skin is that while you want a skin cleanser with ingredients to fight acne-causing bacteria and remove dead and dry skin cells from the skin’s surface, you also don’t want to dry out, irritate or cause redness and flaking on the less oily areas of your face. Avoid acne skin cleansers that are harsh or overly aggressive, particularly those with a significant amount of Benzoyl Peroxide. Consider Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser from Murad’s Vitalic® line, which not only cleanses the skin without stripping, but also contains Witch Hazel to help control oil. It’s like a cleanser and toner in one!
Combination Skin Acne Treatment Tip Number Two: Moisturize Your Entire Face
Many people with combination skin that tends to break out in the T-zone will skip one of the most important skin care steps, applying moisturizer, because they are concerned that a moisturizer will increase breakouts in their oily zone. In fact, the opposite is true. Moisturizing is one of the most important steps for balancing out your entire skin tone and texture. Not only will a good oil-free moisturizer, such as Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion, keep your drier skin areas from over-drying, it will also ensure that your oily patches stay healthy. When skin feels under-hydrated, it produces extra oil to compensate. Ultimately, without a proper moisturizer in your skin care regimen, you could experience even more breakouts in your T-zone.
Combination Skin Acne Treatment Tip Number Three: Use Antioxidants to Balance Skin Tone
The key to an even skin tone is to ensure that your combination skin is as healthy as it can be. Antioxidants are natural skin tone and texture improvers found in fruits and dark green vegetables (as well as in many topical skin care products). Antioxidants fight the free radicals in your system created by exposure to the sun’s UV rays as well as environmental pollution. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants as well as using a skin care product line that is infused with antioxidants, such as Murad’s Vitalic line of products specially formulated for combination skin, can result in a healthier overall skin tone. When your skin is healthier, you will experience fewer acne breakouts in your T-zone and less dry patches elsewhere on your face.
Combination skin is a common skin care challenge, but it is possible to have combination skin that’s both free of dry patches and free of acne breakouts. Eat a healthy diet full of antioxidants, live an active lifestyle, and use skin care products that are properly formulated for combination skin.
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