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Which is Better? Oily or Dry?

Aug 17, 2007
After dealing with oily skin for so long and constantly hearing about its problems and ways to remedy them, you may have never asked the question on whether or not there were any benefits of having oily skin. After all, how could there be, what with the acne breakouts, shiny look, dull complexion, and the numerous other things that can do easily dishearten someone trying to get their skin to look healthy and lessen on the oil production.

If you are at a stage in your life where having oily skin is inevitable, but you still keep a steady and well developed skin regimen, as well as eat right and exercise daily, you can improve your oily skin as well as reap the benefits oily skin can bring you. That is right; there are some good things the come with oily skin. When you compare your dealings with oily skin to the dealings people have with dry skin, you may be thanking your lucky stars you have oily skin instead. It may seem like a long shot, but depending upon the severity of your oily skin, it is very possible.

Oily vs. Dry

People with oily skin can claim it is worse than having dry skin. However, people with dry skin will win out with the announcement that dry is worse than oily. Why? While oily can be a skin type, it is usually due to hormonal changes and can possibly disappear after a certain amount of time. Dry skin, on the other hand, is not so based on hormones and can stick around for a lot longer. Dry skin does not simply go away with a few slaps of moisturizer like some would lead you to believe. In fact, it is much worse.

People with dry skin must cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize with all the right products to avoid further dryness. While you use the occasional blotter during the day to keep your skin from getting too shiny, a person with dry skin cannot do much to rid themselves of flakes; moisturizing during the day can help, but it cannot revive skin cells that are already dead and shedding away.

Environmental circumstances can also severely aggravate dry skin while not doing too much to those with oily skin. Hot summer months and harsh winter seasons are especially detrimental to dry skin suffers, but whereas your problem usually lies within your body, you already have the upper hand in control.

When using makeup, those with dry skin must try and find good products or be faced with the consequences. Sure, you may agree with your skin type, but the difference lies within the overall look you have with the makeup several hours after application. Even people with dry skin products may find that their skin has absorbed the moisture in the makeup and looks dry with plenty of unsightly flakes hanging around.

Even when applying makeup meant for dry skin, flakes can appear and are quite difficult to hide. When you have oily skin, your makeup, such as foundations, will stay even and fresh, in if you get too much oil appearing, just wipe out a blotter and move on. People with dry skin have no quick fix.

The look of aging is also aided with oily skin. Dry skin means damaged skin and can give the look of premature aging, help emphasize fine lines and other skin issues. Oily skin, on the other hand, helps to slow down the power of Father Time, which means fewer wrinkles, fine lines, and other impurities for you and your skin.

Even if all these things are not exactly appealing to you and at the very least you should allow them to make you feel a little better about having oily skin. Stressing out and fussing over oily skin will only make your problem worse and lead to acne outbreaks. So try to look on the sunny side of things and work around all that excess oil. With a positive attitude and dedicated attention, you should be able to eventually tame your oily skin and enjoy the strengths it has given you.
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