How to choose the Best Skin Care Products for your Skin Type

Determining your skin type is simple but very important when figuring out what products to use and how to treat your skin. Keep in mind that our skin changes daily, seasonally, yearly and so on. It is always beneficial to evaluate where your skin is from time to time and make sure you are taking care of it properly. This will help lessen the frequency of skin problems. If your skin is not in the condition you would like it to be in, use the information below as a guide to help you:

Do’s...

  • Do know your skin type: Before purchasing over-the-counter skin care products there are some basic facts to know. Depending on skin being dry, oily or sensitive, products could interact differently with your skin.
  • Do create a daily skin care routine: The key to success with most skin care products is repetition. Establishing a daily routine is important, especially with anti-aging creams. Don’t be discouraged, it may be six to eight weeks before seeing improvements with over-the-counter remedies.

Don’ts...

  • Don’t forget to use products that contain sunscreen: Protecting skin from the harsh sun is important. Choosing beauty moisturizers and creams that contain at least SPF 30 is crucial and will help to maintain youthful looking skin.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask a dermatologist.

1. Oily Skin
An oily skin type will leave blots of facial oil on the tissue, particularly from the cheeks, nose and forehead. This type of skin has overactive sebaceous glands, producing more oil than necessary. It is vital to thoroughly clean the skin regularly with gentle, soap-free cleansers.

2. Dry Skin
dry skin type has a low level of sebum and does not maintain oil easily. Dry skin is often flaky and feels tight after being wiped. Gentle cleansing and a rich protective moisturizer for dry skin is essential to control that tight, uncomfortable feeling. 

3. Combination Skin
Skin that is both oily and dry is also known as oily/combination skin and can frequently be managed simply by avoiding products that contain petrochemicals, drying alcohols, or overly astringent essential oils.  If your skin is primarily oily in the T-zone, but dry everywhere else, or if you are prone to flaking patches even where skin is excreting a great deal of oil, you may wish to consider the following:

  • Moisturizing face wash oily/combination skin
  • Toner for oily/combination skin
    Daily use of toner to remove excess sebum is always recommended for oily and oily/combination skin.

 4. Sensitive
Having a sensitive skin type can mean different things to different people. It can be caused by skin conditions such as eczema or allergies. Sensitive skin can become inflamed and irritated easily. It is important to choose the right skin care for sensitive skin because many cleansers and moisturizers contain ingredients that can cause an adverse reaction. It is advisable to be use alcohol free products for sensitive skin. Alcohol immediately harms skin and starts a chain reaction of damage that continues long after it has evaporated.

5. Acne-prone Skin
If you have acne prone skin that is sensitive and/or dry, you may need to select products from a variety of lines to best suit your needs.  For example, if your skin is easily irritated, toner for acne prone skin might be too strong and toner for oily/combination or normal/sensitive skin may be ideal. In any case, toner is a very important to help keep pores clear of makeup, oil, and/or dirt, all of which can contribute to the development of non-hormonal acne.
Treat acne with a product containing a mild concentration of benzoyl peroxide, such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash  Soothing Facial Cleanser .Use a creamy scrub with soft, synthetic beads to exfoliate. Wash your skin using a cleanser with anti-bacterial ingredients to help minimize breakouts.


By learning about different skin types, you should be able to come to a pretty clear conclusion on how to go about treating your skin. When in doubt always ask a dermatologist to help guide you in the right direction.