Treating Acne Based on Different Skin Types

The three most common skin types are oily, dry, and a combination of both. No matter what your skin type is, chances are you have been plagued by acne at some point in your life. It can strike at almost any age and affect your self-confidence. Here are some ways to fight acne and help you put your best skin forward.

Oily Skin


Via Flickr by Sebastian Anthony

Did you know that for every hair on your body, there is a skin pore that goes with it? Oil production is a normal function for your skin, but too much of it can clog those pores and lead to blemishes.

If you find that you are having this problem, consider using a cleanser on your skin twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. This helps remove excess oil while unclogging your pores.

The trick to treating your acne with a cleanser is finding one that contains the best acne fighting ingredient, benzoyl peroxide (or BPO) as the active ingredient. While the highest over-the-counter percentage of BPO allowed is 10%, that can be harsh on sensitive skin. If your skin is easily irritated, try a product with 2.5% to 3.5% BPO.

To combat oil during the day, carry blotting papers with you. They soak up oil and reduce shine.

Dry Skin


Via Flickr by timailius

On the other side of the spectrum is dry skin. People with this affliction tend to use moisturizers, which can clog pores and lead to acne, or their skin is just plain dehydrated.

If you have dry skin, using a facial cleanser to clear up your acne can make things worse by stripping your skin of what little oil it is producing. This means dryer skin that is more inclined to break out because it is difficult for dehydrated skin to heal.

The first thing to do is drink more water. This could have a significant impact if your skin is dry due to dehydration. The next step is to wash your face using mild soap and warm water. You can even take some precautionary measures and protect your skin from wind or cold.

Combination Skin


Via Flickr by Riley Alexandra

Just like it sounds, combination skin is a combo of dry and oily skin. Believe it or not, combination is the most common skin type. It features dry regions as well as oily regions. The oily regions are most commonly located in the t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).

It can be a hassle to keep combination skin clear because treating it often requires combination treatment. Find a cleanser and a moisturizer that both come with a low percentage of benzoyl peroxide. Apply cleanser to the oily regions of your skin and the moisturizer to the dry regions. A great way to prevent more irritation and outbreaks is to ditch the washcloth and use your fingertips to wash your face.

The truth is, it is rare to find someone with perfect skin. While there is no real cure for acne, the great news is that because most people suffer from it during their lives, there are lots of great treatment options to choose from.