Skin Care January 18, 2016

How to Figure Out Your Skin Type

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There are a lot more skin types than you might ever imagine, and it’s because of this that so many women are not able to truly achieve the best skin that could be theirs, with the proper products they need. Determining your skin type is not as straightforward as it seems. Knowing your skin type is essential in your skincare approach and the type of products you use. The following breakdown of skin types picks up where “oily, normal and dry” end:

Oily Skin Types
Clogged pores — chronic breakouts all over face

  • Large pores, mostly shiny skin that stays shiny, and reveals oil after blotting should be typed as oily. The larger pores are the telling evidence. With sustained shiny skin and small pores, you probably have normal skin which you’re overly moisturizing with a product.
  • Skin that remains greasy feeling or looking can indicate oily skin, because richer skin formulations are fully absorbed by dry skin. Your skin has a lubrication quotient, and once met, the remainder will just sit atop your skin, and potentially clog pores.

Combo Skin Types
Occasional breakouts — not-aging
Sensitive — consistent breakouts
Sensitive — occasional breakouts

  • Pores are larger in the T-Zone, which comprises the forehead, nose and chin, and this area looks oily all day.

Normal Skin Types
Sensitive — red — not-aging
Normal — not-aging

  • Normal skin can sporadically be a little oily in the T-Zone without being flaky.

Dry Skin Types
Tired — aging
Sun-damaged — aging
Sensitive — red — aging

  • Always feels tight with small pores and tends to flake and even crack sporadically or chronically. Any breakouts to dry skin are not acne pimples–but rather are a type of unassociated rash or sign of irritation. If your skin breaks out regularly, you do not have dry skin.
  • Skin that feels tight and dry also indicates dry skin. Avoid cleansers containing sulfates and toners that include alcohol in their formulations. Tightness is not a sign of cleanness.

Sensitive Skin Types
Gets red and flushed with little provocation–in response to products, hot showers, after eating spicy foods and even touch.

Aging Skin Types
Can reveal signs of less vigorous circulation. Little or no pink response to external stimuli.

Most Skin Types
With the exception of truly dry skin can become broken out, anywhere on the face, at any age and at varying degrees of severity. There is a skin type known as “acne-prone,” of which any skin suffering from chronic breakouts is classified.

Using the wrong formulations for your skin type can often be worse than doing nothing at all. When you can determine your skin type, you will begin to reap the rewards of a proper skincare routine, and make changes as needed–to last a lifetime. There’s a lot you can do in lieu of a professionally rendered typing match. A good place to begin is in looking at how different product types affect your skin when you use them. Pay attention to details, such as burning, stinging and redness, which should only occur when using an acid serum.

Classify and Treat Areas Instead of the Whole Face
One of the biggest mistakes people make is finding one problem area or condition and treating the whole face with it. There is every reason to incorporate spot treatments for different issues that occur sporadically, and just treat the area that is affected. This is a form of combination skin that can also be associated with aging skin. The more observant you are, the more specific your skin care can be–and the more specific your skin care is–well, you know.

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