When Skin Is Both Oily And Dry

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One of the top skin complaints I’ve consistently heard from my clients is that their skin is “oily dry.” Not knowing how to treat the problem, their misguided choices usually made it worse. They would usually try to control the oil with a foaming face wash that would strip the skin’s layers, consequently leaving dry areas even flakier. Then, they would load a thick moisturizer on top of that in an attempt to take care of the dryness, which only trained the skin to make less oil there. It’s a vicious cycle.

So, how do you treat this partially-oily, breaking-out, dry skin? One of the most important things to do in this situation is to exfoliate. You’re dealing with some oily skin that isn’t being properly exfoliated, so dead skin cells (those dry patches just hanging out there) are clogging up the pores (along with extra sebum production) and causing breakouts. Find an appropriate skin cleanser, exfoliate (either with a scrub or hydroxy acid), and moisturize with a product suited for your skin type.

Do this several times a week until you start to see better results. Then, you can taper back on the exfoliation step, keeping in mind that exfoliating should always be a weekly part of your skincare regimen.

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