Combination, normal and sensitive skin types

Everyone is different and has different skin types. Knowing what you are up against is often half the battle towards keeping your skin clear, fresh and young looking.


Normal skin is neither too oily nor too dry and it is unusual to find blemishes. Normal skin is generally firm and smooth with small pores and a healthy appearance. If you have normal skin, there are a variety of options in skin care. Most important of all is finding a skin care routine that wont strip your skin of valuable moisture. Follow any skin care regime where your skin is well moisturised without making it too oily and you should have no problems.

Perhaps the best way to care for normal skin is to stick to a routine that has worked well for you in the past. If you aren’t happy with your present routine, you may like to try products containing alpha hydroxy acids or experiment with some of the new products coming on to the market.


Combination skin is usually oily through the ‘t’-zone’ (the forehead and nose) and dry on the cheeks. This is the most common skin type of all and in treating it you need to find a balance of controlling the oil in the ‘t-zone’ and moisturising the rest of the face. Regular use of a peeling cream to remove dead cells will allow the moisturiser to have the best effect.

The best way to care for combination skin is to find a product that will help prevent breakouts and control oiliness in the problem areas while keeping the cheeks well moisturised. A product containing mandelic acid will help to keep the skin exfoliated. This will help keep dead skin from clogging pores (and preventing breakouts), while at the same time the exfoliating action allows healthier skin to replace the dead, dry skin. Removing the dead, dry skin increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. The mandelic acid is also naturally antibacterial, killing the bacteria responsible for infecting clogged pores.

As a last resort it is best to care for the two conditions separately – concentrate moisturiser where it is needed, your cheeks and use an oil-free lotion for your t-zone. Invest in two face masks – a drying mask for the t-zone and a rich moisturising one for your cheeks. Use the masks once a week and your skin will soon be looking great.


In general sensitive skin tends to be dry skin but sensitivity can occur in any skin type. Sensitive skin will react to many influences such as food, stress, changes in climate, drinks containing stimulants and depending upon severity, products containing one or more chemicals. You will know if you have sensitive skin if after applying a product, your skin shows any signs of redness, burning, swelling or blistering. If this happens, rinse your skin in tepid water and make sure not to use the product again.

The skincare industry has become more aware of the problems surrounding sensitive skin and there are many products to be found on the market designed to de-sensitise the skin. When you find a product which works for you, use it until your skin becomes stable and then you can experiment and switch to other products.

This skin type can be the most frustrating to deal with of all skin types.

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