Our skin produces oils at different rates, so some of us may have dry skin while others have oily skin. Most commonly, our skin is a combo of both oily and dry. In the “T-zone” area of our face, which includes the forehead, nose, central cheeks, and chin, oil production is often high, while skin may appear dry in other areas.

  • If you have dry skin overall, you may need to utilize more moisturizer or thicker moisturizers, avoid hot showers, and be careful with incorporating too many drying ingredients in a skin care regimen (like retinol). People with dry skin are often more likely to have eczema, which is a type of itchy rash.
  • On the other hand, if you have more oily skin you may need to cleanse more frequently and avoid pore-clogging skin care ingredients. People with oily skin should look for oil-free and non-comedogenic skin care products because they can have a greater tendency to develop acne.
  • People with either dry or oily skin can also have sensitive skin, which means that the skin tends to react with redness or inflammation after exposure to various skin products. If you have sensitive skin it is best to avoid products with fragrances or irritating chemicals. Look for “clean beauty” skin care products.