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AAD Discusses the Benefits of Customized Skin Care

Posted: December 3, 2009

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For many people, their skin has areas that are dry and oily, which is classified as combination skin. With this skin type, the forehead, nose or chin might be oily, but the cheeks could be dry. For combination skin, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal recommends using a mild cleanser that minimizes sebum removal. In addition, a medium-weight lotion with broad-spectrum sunscreen containing many different sunscreen ingredients is beneficial.

“To improve skin texture, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and help even skin color—especially to help lighten dark spots&mdash an over-the-counter retinol cream or a prescription tretinoin cream can be used during the evening skin care regimen to maintain skin health and prevent future damage,” said Dr. Badreshia-Bansal. “However, when beginning use of tretinoin, the strength should be gradually increased due to its potential to irritate the skin, followed by vigilant use of a moisturizer to help offset any dryness or peeling.”

Dry skin tips

For dry skin, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal recommends washing the face twice a day with a gentle cleanser or creamy wash with mild detergent. She suggests applying a moisturizer with sunscreen once a day right after cleansing while the skin is still damp, as this can help seal in moisture.

“If the skin begins to feel tight, reapplying moisturizer mid-day will help to improve skin hydration,” said Dr. Badreshia-Bansal. “A sunscreen-containing moisturizer in a smoothing cream formulation that contains antioxidants, plus dimethicone, grapeseed oil or petrolatum, which prevent water loss from the skin, also is helpful.”