Diagnosing Your Skin Type

When it comes to skin type, even if you’ve won the genetics lottery, there is still a lot that can change. Thanks to our diets, work environments, climate changes and getting older, our skin type isn’t one that we can count on that will be there for us no matter what. Thanks to the growing field of biotechnology, caring for your skin is a precise science. Learn about your skin type to understand how to take care of it properly and optimize the health of your skin.

Oily Skin

Are you a victim of acne and breakouts? Are you constantly blotting your face only to find that it’s still shiny? While oil is essential for healthy and supple skin, as it keeps skin hydrated and protected, too much oil isn’t ideal. While everyone produces oil, or sebum, through their sebaceous glands, people with oily skin produce an excess amount of it.This can be due to a number of factors, including:

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The Bright Side Of Oily Skin

Battling oily skin does have a positive side to it when it comes to aging as it can mean being less prone to wrinkles. Studies have measured forehead wrinkles in people with excess sebum and found that the more sebum they had, the fewer the forehead wrinkles.

Dry Skin

If your skin feels tight, itchy and flaky, you may be suffering from dry skin.

Many people use dry and dehydrated skin interchangeably, but there is a real difference. Dry skin is a skin type, whereas dehydrated skin is a condition. Both genetic and environmental factors contribute to dry skin. They are:

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If your skin feels rough, tight and itchy, don’t assume you have dry skin. You may require a simpler fix, such as increasing your water intake.

For dry skin, moisturization is the key. Our dermatologists recommend moisturizing immediately after washing your face. “Literally minutes after washing your face, you should be applying a moisturizing cream,” they suggest. Look for creams with a basis of urea, hyaluronate, dimethicone, glycerin and mineral oil. These effectively lock in moisture that dry skin desperately needs.

Dehydrated skin, as previously mentioned, is a condition rather than a skin type, which means that all skin types can be dehydrated. If you find your skin feeling rough and your lines and wrinkles looking very noticeable, you should work on hydrating your skin properly. Additionally, you can test your hydration level by pinching the skin on the back of your hand. If the skin doesn’t spring back within seconds, you could be looking at dehydrate skin. Ways to rehydrate your skin include:

Lock in optimum hydration with a top quality moisturizer that works to protect the outer layer of skin by attracting and keeping in moisture.

Sensitive Skin

Many people throw around the term ‘sensitive skin’ but don’t actually have an extreme version of it. For people who are diagnosed with sensitive skin, it means the outer layer of skin, which is primarily made of lipids (or fat), is much thinner than it should be. This exposes the lower dermal layers and leads to symptoms such as:

As with dry skin, excessively long showers, exposure to cold weather and fragranced soaps can be irritating and exacerbate the issue.

Normal Skin

Normal skin is usually characterized by skin which is neither dry or oily, and with regular-sized pores. Because skin type is affected by age, environment and hormone levels, ignoring normal skin to sort itself out, is not advisable. Making sure to stay adequately hydrated, moisturize and protect skin with the proper skin care routine is recommended in order to maintain a normal skin type.

Combination Skin

Combination skin refers to skin which has both oily and dry characteristics. Many times, the nose and forehead will have excess oil, while other areas of the face will have dry patches. Finding serums and moisturizers which work with both dry and oily skin types is key to taking care of this skin type.

Serums are an effective way to treat combination skin because they are lightweight and extremely concentrated to target the exact nature of your skin. One area of your skin may need a skin brightening serum whereas another may need intensive nighttime repair. Controlling the type and amount of serum you use, can work to get you the ultimate, glowing complexion.

Our Take Away

As your diet, hormones and environment change, the skin type you were born with changes as well. With current biotechnological advances in skin care, finding the right formula for your dynamic skin type has never been easier. Your skin is unique and so the way you care for your skin should be suited for you.