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Skin Treatments: Dry Skin Versus Oily Skin

  By posted Jul 9th 2013
Healthy Living
Dry Skin Oily Skin

Causes of Dry Skin:

Domestic factors like overall health, age, genetics, family history and external factors like cold temperature, low humidity affect the texture of the skin. Winter season can be brutal on your skin, since cold temperatures often mean low humidity, which dries out the skin.

Treatments for Dry Skin:

Skin can be hydrated in two ways; internally by drinking an adequate amount of water, taking oil supplements and externally by using products that hydrate and moisturise

Dry Skin Complications:

Not only does dry skin cause topical issues like eczema, the winter rash, and dry burns, but it also leads to a host of other germ-related diseases. Bacteria germs are attracted to dry surfaces and when your skin is dry, you tend to pick up germs from places like common workstations, public loos, door knobs, etc. Therefore, treating dry skin is of utmost importance to avoid winter discomfort.

Prevent Dry Skin:

- Lukewarm shower instead of a steamy hot bath.
- Moisturising is essential
- Keep your skin hydrated by drinking water.
- Avoid extra caffeine, nicotine, and excessive alcohol

Foods to Prevent Dry Skin:

Foods with essential fatty acids, good cholesterol, flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are important for maintaining skin's elasticity through collagen production. Whole grain products, vegetables, fish, lean meats, and egg yolks protect and nourish the skin.

ALSO READ: Skin Care: Tips for Dry Skin

Causes of Oily Skin:


  • Genetics
  • Excess use of skin care products
  • Change in season
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress

Treatments for Oily Skin:

- Avoid the sun
- Look for Salicylic Acid in skin care products
- Don’t over wash your face
- Use light moisturising lotions or gels
- Reduce the makeup

Oily Skin Complications:

  1. Acne
  2. Blackheads and whiteheads

Prevent Oily Skin:

- Drink water
- Wash your face with mild skin cleanser
- Avoid oily food
- Do not pop pimples
- Avoid bar soaps, especially strong soaps.

Foods to Prevent Oily Skin:

Consume lots of fruits, vegetables, fish oils and vitamin A supplements. But vitamin A can harm the baby, when pregnant.

ALSO READ: Home Remedies for Skin Care: 20 Herbs for Oily Skin

*Images courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images



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