Different skin types. Which one do you have?

Dec 04 , 2019

As you probably always wonder what skin type you have, understanding the types of skin you have, will definitely help you get a better idea of how to treat it for clear natural skin. 

There are five main skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive.

The skin type is usually determined by genetics, daily habits and environmental factors that affect skin conditions. Each skin type has a specific set of characteristics, symptoms and requires special attention. 

Normal Skin Type

It’s tricky to define normal skin. "Normal" just means whatever is normal for you; skin varies from person to person.

For the sake of this skin type, we going to have to find a line on what is a normal skin type, when we describe a normal skin type, we don’t generally describe the skin as oily or dry. When oiliness and dryness in balance, it tends to be easy to wash and clean. When it comes to pore size, normal skin types have small pores that are not engorged or easily visible. Normal skin doesn’t normally have a great excess of shine, and it also doesn’t tend to be cracked or flaky. Normal skin types usually exhibit few fine lines and wrinkles, and the skin’s tone is generally even, with no marked blemishes.

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NORMAL TYPE CHARACTERISTICS;

  • Flawless
  • Neutral oily
  • Balanced skin tone
  • Fine pores or Rare pores

Dry Skin Type

The number one sign that you have dry skin is when you feel tightness in your skin throughout the day and may experience noticeable flaking. Those with dry skin types generally have almost invisible pores and may suffer from premature wrinkles and regular irritation to the skin. Dry skin can be attributed to a variety of factors. For some, it's largely due to genetics, environmental factors such as lifestyle & diet, hormonal changes, and climate.

Dehydration is also a leading cause of dry skin, so drinking plenty of water will not only improve your skin condition, it will keep you energetic; avoiding diuretics like alcohol and caffeine can make a significant difference in how your skin feels and looks.

Exfoliation with gentle, non-abrasive ingredients helps promote skin cell turnover without removing the skin’s natural oils. Without an additional layer of dead skin, serums and treatments will be absorbed more easily.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF DRY SKIN TYPE.

  • Tight
  • Flaky
  • Lacks moist
  • Rare pores

Oily Skin Type

Oily skin is the result of both genetic factors and hormonal changes experienced in an individual’s lifetime. Those with a genetic predisposition to active oil glands produce a higher amount of sebum, an oily substance created to help keep the skin soft and hydrated. This oil flows from inside the epidermis to the surface of the skin through pores and hair follicles. When the body experiences a fluctuation in hormone levels, it signals the production of androgens, a male hormone present in both men and women.

However, happy news is that oily skin looks younger and more supple because it has more natural moisture and is less prone to wrinkle. Exfoliation is essential to promote cell turnover and prevent sebum buildup in pores. A gentle physical exfoliator is also useful for balancing the tone and texture of your skin.

Oilier skin is also prone to PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation), a condition that leaves dark spots on the skin after a breakout has healed. Exfoliation will also help lighten these dark spots by polishing away the uppermost layers of skin and revealing new cells. Those with moderate to severe acne breakouts should consider using an exfoliator that includes anti-bacterial ingredients to speed healing and prevent future blemishes.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF OILY SKIN TYPE.

  • Thick
  • Shiny
  • Open pores
  • Blackheads / Pimples

Combination Skin Type

Combination skin features two or more different skin types on the face. Combination skin types typically experience dry and flaky skin on certain portions of the face, and excessive oil on others. Many mistakenly believe they have oily skin when they, in fact, have a combination skin type. Unless an individual’s skin is oily all over, there are likely portions of the skin that are dry or normal, which would qualify under combination skin.

Combination skin is the most common skin type, but it can be hard to identify and treat. The skin will often be shiny in the T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose, and chin. These areas tend to have more active oil glands than other parts of the face like the cheeks. Dealing with both dry and oily skin means finding the perfect skincare regimen that’s strong enough to exfoliate without irritating the skin.

Exfoliating is essential for those with combination skin. Dead skin cells on the dry part of the face will be sloughed off, while clogged pores will be unblocked and cleared.

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CHARACTERISTICS OF COMBINATION SKIN TYPE.

  • Combination of all or some of the above.

Sensitive Skin Type

Sensitive skin types may exhibit the characteristics of dry skin, oily skin, or combination skin, but they also deal with a great amount of redness and irritation.If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. There are many possible reasons, but often it's in response to particular skincare products.

Sensitive skin types can be caused by skin conditions like rosacea or allergies, so it’s best to avoid harsh chemical-based skincare treatments. This skin type is also easily inflamed, so it’s important to choose the right natural skincare for sensitive skin to avoid any adverse reactions.

CHARACTERISTICS OF SENSITIVE SKIN TYPE.

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Dryness