Kevin McLaughlin

4 Reasons You Have Combination Skin

4-Reasons-You-Have-Combination-Skin_INTROIf you have combination skin, you’re no newbie to the battle of oil versus flakes. Combination skin can easily be the trickiest skin type to treat—finding the perfect skin treatment to give you that balance of natural, glowing, youthful skin can be one of the greatest uphill battles when it comes to beauty and skin care. However, understanding the causes of combination skin, and understanding the characteristics of your combination skin, can provide you with a simple solution to your skin treatment dilemma.

The following are the top four causes of combination skin that you should be aware of in order to select a skin treatment routine that’s right for you:

Genetics
Unfortunately, genetics tend to be the most common cause of combination skin—and one that you can’t change. However, creating a skin treatment routine for your combination skin and understanding the natural qualities of your skin might be as simple as understanding what skin types your biological parents has. Be sure to note if one (or both) of your parents suffers from rosacea, as finding a gentle skin treatment for this condition may be more difficult. It will also help to determine what products you should absolutely avoid to prevent irritation.
Skin Treatments
Strangely enough, using a skin treatment that isn’t right for your skin type could be the cause of your combination skin. Using harsh cleansers and toners, or thick creams to counteract your oily or dry skin can cause further problems. While we all hate breaking out, overcompensating with a strong acne-fighting skin treatment, or heavy makeup to cover up any redness, can lead to more breakouts and further overuse of skin treatments—it’s a never-ending cycle. Being aware of what products you use, the strength of ingredients in your skin treatment, and what each area of your face needs in terms of a proper skin treatment can really save you from the stress of combination skin.
Environment
Depending on environmental factors, certain characteristics of combination skin can worsen. For example, humidity in the summer months causes skin to sweat and pores to open, allowing dirt and pollution to more easily enter. Of course, this results in breakouts and further use of skin treatments to try to counteract the humidity and melting makeup—this just causes excess oil production. Alternatively, the cold weather in the winter months can irritate dry skin, causing flaking and redness. Simply put, depending on environmental factors, you may have to switch up your skin treatment routine to balance its effects on your combination skin.
Stress and Hormones
Your emotions, hormonal cycle, medications, and some contraceptives (birth control pill, patch, or shot) can cause combination skin by promoting activity in your sebaceous glands. Generally speaking, androgen hormones are the culprit here. These hormones tend to fluctuate throughout your lifecycle, changing during pregnancy, during menopause, and even after menopause. Aside from controlling stress through relaxation and organizational techniques, the most you can do to counteract the causes of combination skin due to stress and hormones is to be aware of your skin’s conditions and select a skin treatment routine that meets your skin’s needs at that specific point in your life.

 

Sources:
“Combination Skin Causes,” Discovery Health web site; https://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/information/skin-types/combination-skin1.htm, last accessed June 18, 2013.
“Saving face 101: How to customize your skin care routine with your skin type,” American Academy of Dermatology web site; https://www.aad.org/
stories-and-news/news-releases/saving-face-101-how-to-customize-your-skin-care-routine-with-your-skin-type, last accessed June 18, 2013.
Stenzel, T., “The Top 9 Causes of Oily Skinand the Solution!,” Skin Inc. web site; https://www.skininc.com/treatments/facial/The-Top-9-Causes-of-Oily-Skin-and-the-Solution-202343921.html, last accessed June 18, 2013.



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