Ever wonder what skin type you have?
The skin is the biggest organ in the body. Knowing your skin type will go a long way in helping you fight any skincare issue. Most people fail in their skincare journey because of a lack of proper knowledge in their skin type. This lack of knowledge makes people mistreat their skin with a harsh product that is unsuitable for their skin. Knowing your skin type is not as easy as it may seem but it is actually worth it.
There are five main skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive. knowing the different types of skin and which one you have will help give you a better idea of how to treat acne breakouts and achieve smooth, clear skin. There are so many products on the market each has a different target for different skin types. But people find it difficult to figure out their skin type which hinders them from buying the right product for their skin.
It is actually very difficult to determine your skin type because it changes with time and can also be affected by hormones, diet, and climate. If I’m not mistaken, age can also be a factor. For example, younger people are more likely to have a normal skin type. However, most times it is determined by genetics.
Skin types depend on so many things like how much water content is in it, how oily it is, how sensitive it is etc. Here’s some advice from dermatologists on how to figure out your own skin type, along with skincare tips and cleanser and moisturizer recommendations for each.
Normal skin type
Also called a healthy skin. Not too dry and not too oily, normal skin has:
they are well-balanced skin, with no blemishes, smooth surface. it is usually genetic or as a result of proper care of the skin. it has no form of sensitivity, neither oily nor dry, No or few imperfections, Barely visible pores. A radiant complexion
How to take care of normal skin:
- exfoliate often
- maintain one skincare routine.
Dry skin type
it is also called XEROSIS. they are usually dry, cracked, flaky or scaly-like. it is has a result of genetics, internal or external factors. it has visible pores. Dry skin ranges from normal-dry skin to very dry skin to extremely dry skin. Normal dry skin looks dull, tight and rough. Very dry skin may have a blotchy appearance. Extremely dry skin is usually found on the knees, elbows, hands, and feet
How to care for dry skin:
- moisturize often
- follow one skincare routine
- hydrate often
Oily skin type
oily skin can result from genetics or hormonal changes, the oil glands produce a high amount of sebum. sebum is usually produced by the skin glands to keep the skin shining and smooth. When an excess of sebum is produced it increases the skin pores which causes breakouts like pimples. the skin usually appears oily.
How to care for oily skin:
- avoid oil-based products
- exfoliate often to prevent the build-up of oils which results in acne
- avoid heavy make up because the skin is oily, makeup wipes away easily.
- resist touching your face often, our hands have bacteria, when it comes in contact with the face can result in large acne breakouts.
Combination skin type
it has oily T-zone (forehead, chin, and nose), dry cheeks, it has enlarged Pires, it is hard to identify, usually mistaken for oily skin.
How to care for combination skin:
- use a moisturizer often
- exfoliate but don’t over-exfoliate
- use fragrance-free products because it irritates the skin.
Sensitive skin type
it consists of oily, dry and combination skin. it is very soft and easily gets irritated. it has a great amount of redness, sometimes it is a permanent condition, other times it is as a result of external and internal factors. Dealing with sensitive skin has never been an easy task. It will definitely take a lot of time and patience in order to find the products which work best for you. You have to be perceptive and attentive in regards to your skin’s reaction to certain ingredients and do your best to avoid those which are causing you harm.
see also: how to know your skin types
How to determine your skin type
use a cleanser to remove dirt from the face. leave it bare for 30minutes to an hour. At this point please refrain from touching the face. take note of the skin changes.
Normal skin: not too dry not too oily, feels good.
oily skin: it is shiny and feels greasy
dry skin: it feels itchy and dry
combination skin: it is oily on the T-zone but dry on the cheeks
sensitive skin: it is irritated, red itchy and patchy.
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