Know Your Skin Type: How to Care for the Skin You Have

7665056864_58fbf691b0_zAdvice about skin care permeates magazines and infomercials. But before you start taking all these general tips for improved epidermal health, you’ve got to know and understand your own skin type. Ask any local dermatologist: Baton Rouge residents caring for their skin must go beyond simply washing, drinking water, moisturizing, and wearing sunscreen. In addition to these basics, each skin type demands it’s own specific care regimen.

Oily Skin

If your skin has a sheen by noontime, you likely have oily skin. You need to carefully regulate moisture, using products that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Look for noncomedogenic moisturizers – these will help you regulate moisture levels to prevent the cosmetic shine and improve skin health.

Dry Skin

For dry skin, moisturizing is the name of the game. But you need to do it the right way: moisturize twice a day with products containing ceramides and/or hyaluronic acid, which holds enough water to keep your pores hydrated for long stretches. Your dermatologist will also suggest that you eat foods containing antioxidants and vitamin E.

Sensitive Skin

If your skin tends to sting or burn, it’s sensitive. You should moisturize at least twice a day with soothing washes that contain hydrating elements like ceramides, oatmeal, shea butter, or chamomile. Use similar moisturizing creams throughout the day if your skin feels uncomfortable.

Acne-Prone Skin

When you keep breaking out, look for cleansers and scrubs that contain salicylic acid, retinol, and glycolic acid – these will defend against future breakouts and keep skin looking younger. However, if your skin becomes dry, scale back your cleansing regimen from daily to every other day.

Keep in mind that it’s best to do this only after consulting with a dermatologist. Baton Rouge locals should be careful about overusing these products or starting a new regimen without soliciting medical advice.


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