Marsha E. Gorens, M.D.
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When you have some areas of dry skin and other areas of oily skin, it's considered combination. On most days you probably have wither normal or dry skin on most of your face, and your oily skin is concentrated in the T-zone, which is across the forehead, down the nose and chin.

Caring For Combination Skin
If you think that you're the only one with a face that's partly oily and partly dry, think again: combination skin makes up the majority of skin types. You've got combination skin and there are several ways to care for your skin without damaging other parts of it. Even though your skin may seem to require two types of treatment, it can become more balanced with a good skincare regimen.

Learn more: Combination Skin Regimen

Skin Care Chicago WHAT IS OILY SKIN?
When your oil glands produce extra oil, it shows up on the top of your skin primarily in the T-zone area of your face (nose, forehead, and chin); that's where you have the highest concentration of oil glands. You can control it, but you can't change it. The level of oil your skin produces is genetic.

Special Care For Oily Skin
1. Cleanse the skin at least twice a day. Never go to bed without washing your face, even if you have no makeup on.
2. Moisturizing is still necessary on a daily basis. If your face feels tight after washing, use a light moisturizer. Oily skin tends to be dehydrated skin, since moisturizers are not used as often. Drink lots of water to keep skin well hydrated from the inside out.

Learn more: Oily Skin Regimen

Skin Care Chicago WHAT IS DRY SKIN?
Your skin becomes dry when the top layers lose water and natural oils. (You need oil and water to prevent dry skin. The oil acts as a barrier to prevent your skin from losing water). Dry skin can be due to heredity, hormones, or other environmental factors, such as sun exposure or cold, dry air. At the same time, as you get older, your skin gets dryer.

Dry Skin Conditions
Many people suffer from weather related dry skin in the winter. The cold air prevents the skin from producing its natural moisture barrier and causes the top layer to dry out and flake off. It usually clears up in a few days with regular use of moisturizer. However, there are a few more severe, though common, skin conditions that can cause similar symptoms and require a few changes to your daily skincare routine. These conditions may require special treatment and should be considered in all your skincare choices.

Learn more:  Eczema   Psoriasis   Seborrhea   Dry, Itchy Skin

There are two types of skin that fall into the "sensitive skin" category: One is susceptible to breakouts, and the other is easily irritated. The vast majority of sensitive-skin reactions fall into the latter category. The irritations come from overusing products that are too harsh -- particularly cleansers.

Caring For Sensitive Skin
If you've found that your skin is reacting to some skin products and showing signs of irritation or redness, you probably have sensitive skin. Read on to find out how to stop blotches and irritation with tips on treating your skin with TLC.

Learn more: Sensitive Skin Regimen
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