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What's Your Skin Type?

What's Your Skin Type?

By Monet Moore Posted on

Many of the worst skin conditions may be caused by not understanding what products and routine steps your skin needs to look and feel its best. By ignoring your skin type and going with the "skincare trends," you do your skin a disservice and make it more prone to acne, dryness, uneven texture, and other problems. 

Dry

The first and one of the most common skin types is dry. Dry skin is characterized by rough or flaky patches, itching, and a dull appearance. You’re skin may be less elastic, causing a tight feeling in the morning. Dry skin has numerous causes, aging, weather, or harsh chemicals in your skin care products. 

Solutions:

  1. You can remove excess dead skin through either physical or chemical exfoliation. Be gentle! Exfoliating too often or too hard 
  2. Try switching some of your skin products out. It’s possible that your cleanser, toner, or any special medication you’re taking could be the cause. Discontinue use, one product at a time, so you can pinpoint the cause. 
  3. Use a thick moisturizer morning and night to lock in moisture. 

Oily

Oily skin is another common skin condition. Your skin may be oily if it has a shiny appearance, is slick to the touch, has enlarged pores, and is more prone to blackheads and acne. The cause of oily skin is typically due to an excess of sebum (your skin’s natural lubricant), though it can also be hormone imbalances, humidity, and stress. 

Solutions:

  1. Stick to two washes a day at the most if you tend to get sweaty. 
  2. Use a gentle cleanser and skincare products that target oily skin. 
  3. Continue to moisturize to prevent your skin from creating even more sebum to compensate for lack of moisture. 

Combination

Combination skin is very frustrating for those who have it. Combination skin is a mix between oily and dry, often being oily in the t-zone and dry on the cheeks. Other characteristics include enlarged pores and flaky skin in drier zones. The causes may be a mix of any that cause oily and dry skin. 

Solutions:

  1. Utilize moisturizer daily to keep sebum production under control and your skin hydrated. 
  2. Keep your skin clean, but not over-washed. Over-washing can irritate your skin, so keep it to a two wash per day maximum. 
  3. Use skin specific products. Products for oily skin should be used in your t-zone and products for dry skin used on your cheeks. 

Sensitive

Sensitive skin is the most likely to react negatively to skincare products. Skin can become dry or develop acne, feel hot and irritated, and become red. Sensitive skin is typically a result of a skin disorder like eczema or rosacea. Overly dry or excessive exposure to harsh weather can damage the nerve endings in your skin, making it more sensitive. 

Solutions:

  1. The main solution is to find products that are created for sensitive skin. Products for sensitive skin are going to interact better with your skin and are less likely to become irritating. 
  2. Avoid exfoliating as it can further damage and irritate the skin. 

Acne-Prone

Acne prone skin is typically a mix of combination to oily. Overactive sebum production mixes with dirt and dead skin which clogs pores and creates blackheads and acne. Products can easily cause flare ups and can be caused by sensitivity or hormone imbalances. 

Solutions:

  1. Acne could be caused by product sensitivities, so testing each product one by one will help you to eliminate problem products. 
  2. Try not to pick at active acne. It can make acne worse and cause scarring. 
  3. If acne persists, your doctor may be able to recommend treatment. 

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