How To Deal With Combination Skin

Hello,

As you guys know I have combination skin. I tend to be very dry on the chin and around the mouth but oily on the nose, cheeks and forehead. I often have acne on my cheeks and jawline and black heads on my chin and nose. After seeing a dermatologist and trying many products, I have managed to put together a routine that keeps my skin pretty clear.

I should point out, I am not a dermatologist nor a doctor, so all of this is based off my own experimentation with products. If you also have combination skin and have found other products work really well for you, please let me know so that I can try them too!

Daily Use Products

Micellar Water

I use micellar water every morning and night before any other product. It’s able to lift dirts and oils from the skin and doesn’t need to be rinsed off. If I’ve been sweating I use it to remove the sweat from my face to reduce the bacteria from trying to move in. I love using it to remove eye make up as well as it is very gentle around the eyes.

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Salicylic Acid

While this solution does contain alcohol which dries the skin, it is able to penetrate lipids and disinfect. It kills the bacteria both on and in your skin, treating acne. I use the Clean and Clear Astringent because it’s inexpensive and it works. This is a morning and night daily product for me.

I also use this salicylic acid moisturizer to help reduce bacteria on my skin throughout the day. While it does leave my skin feeling hydrated, the hydration is short lived. This moisturizer is more of an anti acne product that it is a hydration product. Nonetheless I like it and have found it to be very useful.

Hyaluronic Acid

This is an acid naturally found in the body and it helps keep moisture in the skin. I love using it after my acne treatments to hydrate the skin. It’s also thin enough to be used for facial massages. Most evenings when I apply it I massage my skin with it thoroughly, reducing stress in my jaw muscles and the underlying muscles on my forehead.

Tea Tree Oil

I use this night mask from the Body Shop for two reasons. The first being it has visibly decreased acne, the second being it’s a little sticky which helps me not touch my face. It has a strong scent at first but dissipates quickly after applying it.

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Bi-Weekly Products

Benzoyl Peroxide

While this product is drying to the skin, I love it. I use it as a mask a couple times a week in the evening. It is also capable of penetrating the lipids so using it as a mask allows the product time to really get in there and kill bacteria. The formula is use is also a Clean & Clear product and I find after using it as a mask, a lot of my dry skin sloughs off with it when I remove it using a face cloth. I should warn you that this product will bleach your wash cloth and towel, so either use white or commit one face cloth and towel to your benzoyl peroxide days.

Microneedling

I use the derma roller twice a week before applying my hyaluronic acid. You can read here about my experience with the derma roller. You do have to vie very careful with disinfecting both the skin and the tool or you can risk infection in the skin. It’s important not to use it near the eyes, but when properly used it allows for much deeper absorption of products applied. I would recommend this tool to any adult who wants to hydrate, reduce acne scarring and help the collagen production in their skin.

Collagen

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I use the Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask. While it has a whipped rubber texture, it dries into an incredibly tight chalk like mask. I’ve noticed improvement in over all pigmentation after use.

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Exfoliation

I love my Mary Kay microdermabrasion product. I use it once or twice a week as an exfoliator. The particles in it are small enough that I have never torn my skin with it, but sturdy enough that my skin feels incredibly fresh after use and I can see no dry or dead skin left on my face.

Lifestyle Changes

Hydration

As we all know, hydration helps skin. Drinking enough water helps my skin and removing coffee and other caffeinated beverages from my diet has helped keep me hydrated as I am no longer ingesting diuretics.

Daily Bathing

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I take a bath nearly every night, which gives me time to relax, but more importantly in this case, gives me a good amount of time to invest into my skin care. It also ensures that the sweat and dirt of each day gets removed from my entire body each night. I used to shower every two to three days, and I found my face and back had more acne at the time. I can read a book while masks dry or medicated masks do their work, allowing me relaxation and productivity at the same time. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.

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Establishing Routine

Skin care routines only work if they are routines. Establishing one can be difficult, especially if you have a partner or children, as their needs may need to come before your own. This is why establishing a routine daily is important. If everyone knows it’s your time to take care of yourself, you are more likely to be able to commit to it. Whether that means waking up earlier than others in the home or taking a daily bath, without consistency a routine won’t work.

Cutting Out The Junk Food

We all know nutrition and skin health are linked and a lot of people notice changes in their skin when they remove something from their diet. In my case, removing dairy and greasy foods leads to better skin. All in all, a healthier you will have healthier skin.

Thank you for being here today and taking the time out of your day to read this post. As always I love being able to talk to you through the comments on on social media! My links are in the bar below and I hope to hear from you soon.

Why Weight Loss Is Such A Massive Industry

I’ve noticed over the last decade that weight loss products, regiments, trainers and companies have exploded in North America. I had to wonder why exactly that is. People are more over weight today then they were 40 years ago, which I believe is a much more complicated issue than it’s commonly presented. In order to understand why this industry has expanded so much, we must look at the people who put their money into these companies.

We are getting fatter. This is something we all know collectively and there are many causes for it. We eat more heavily processed foods, more fried and breaded foods and tend to eat more than we need. Jobs are becoming more and more office based, decreasing daily activity an enormous amount and our leisure time, which we once would have used to play outdoors, take part in sports or walk through the neighbourhood have changed to become sitting at home in front of one screen or another.

All of that leads to a heavier and less healthy community.

Now let’s look at how health is portrayed. Thankfully in the last couple years health has taken a turn from simply being very thin to being strong. Muscle tone and activity have become a status symbol in their own way, and they are not achieved by sedentary lifestyles. We see fitness models all over the internet, on magazine covers, in movies and especially on Instagram. They portray a glamourized side of fitness with links and sponsors to help “you” get the same results.

This massive amount of low cost marketing is part of the explosion in the industry. Low cost marketing online has changed the way companies reach and get clients.

Let’s move onto the next reason these companies have gained such traction. It comes with the cost of food. To purchase the required amount of food in meats, produce and fresh foods is far more expensive than buying calorie dense processed foods.

Diet supplement companies can then swoop in with products that cost less than the cost of fresh foods that promise weight loss in very short amounts of time. It’s enticing to think that by replacing your grocery bill with a few products “you too can lose 40 pounds in one month”. These dangerous products and claims sound too good to be true, but they are very effective. People want results without forcing lifestyle change.

That being said, there are some very good companies out there that do provide good quality products and programs designed for long term weight loss and their clients health is their highest priority. I would also like to say that supplements and weight loss products are not necessarily bad for you, though please do your research before starting a new program to ensure the company does provide a well balanced diet designed for safe and healthy weight loss.

If it doesn’t cost too much and it promises results, of course the product will be purchased. Another reason for the expanse of the industry.

Now let’s look at gym memberships. Remember above when we talked about we as people used to have a more active lifestyle but have become very sedentary? Gyms know that, and they love it. People may be willing to work out for an hour three times a week when they won’t go out for a daily walk or play sports. For people who don’t work in physical jobs they often don’t have the time to get exercise in during their day, so a gym is the perfect solution. Go to the gym so they can still watch their favourite show instead of playing sports or doing longer duration activities.

Sedentary lifestyles and an addiction to our screens has built the empire of “fitness facilities.”

In conclusion, we have become lazy people, committed to consuming content and foods that don’t feed our needs.

If every person ate fresh foods, walked every day, had a sport they played and ate fair portions of food, we would not have an obesity epidemic. That being said, it’s not easy to change our ways and the content created for our eyes is designed to keep you watching and consuming. We have become so good at creating addicting substances and content then blaming the addicts for being addicted. The screens every where are not good for us and we know that, but good luck living your life without one. Our work, our homes our automobiles all rely on that technology.

To end this all, the dieting industry has expanded because the industries that feed us and give us our leisure activities have made it so incredibly easy for them to grow that it’s nearly impossible that they wouldn’t.

If you have any comments or ideas please put them down below. I’d love to hear your thoughts about all this.