Skin Types

There are many factors to take into consideration to establish which of the many skin types you could be.

Skin Health Hub Skin Health Skin TypesGenetics, internal factors such as the state of our health, hormones, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and environmental factors all affect the health of our skin and how we look.

Skin types can be broken into multiple categories. Today we identify 5 skin type categories to help you determine your individual skin type.

Normal skin

Skin which looks healthy with little or no change regardless of seasonal change is considered “normal”. A normal skin type also has good circulation which gives it a good healthy color with a healthy glow.

The skin is considered to be balanced as the oil glands which produce sebum in the skin produce it in a moderate rate. When a skin is balanced it is neither to oily or too dry. This is why normal skin looks plump, moist and radiant. Normal skin also has a supple and elastic feel to it. Out of all the skin types; normal skin is the least problematic.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is a result of under active or non-productive sebaceous glands. Oil glands barely produce or do not produce enough oil to keep the skin naturally lubricated. Dry skin looks dull in appearance and may have a flaky look to it with dry patches.

Dry skin can also tend to be itchy and sensitive. Dry skin may feel tight, lack elasticity and have a skin tone that is lack-luster. Dry skin is more fragile and vulnerable to changes in temperature and humidity and can be more prone to aging prematurely.

Oily Skin

Oily skin produces too much sebum which causes the skin to look greasy, very shiny and the skin’s pores can become large and/or clogged.

As a result of active sebaceous glands, skin conditions such as; acne, inflammation, comedones, papules, pustules and in severe cases; cysts and nodules, can be problematic for those with an oily skin type. Finding an acne skin care product to help you clear up your acne can also be confusing to know where to start.

Ironically, this skin type tends to retain a more youthful appearance preventing wrinkles because the layer of oil on the skin acts as an insulating layer preventing loss of moisture from the skin.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can be oily, dry or normal. It is really any skin type that is easily irritated and reacts to an irritant by itching, burning, chaffing or stinging. A sensitive skin can be blotchy and irritated frequently and also be prone to rashes and redness.

This type of skin may also have allergic or adverse reactions to certain types of cosmetics with ingredients containing alcohol bases, synthetic ingredients, oil bases, fragrances and artificial colorants. Many sensitive skinned people have to use hypoallergenic products to prevent skin reactions.

Combination Skin

A combination skin type is dry in some spots, oily in others and may even be normal or sensitive in other spots. People with combination skin are frequently referred to as people with T- Zone faces. The T- Zone covers the forehead, nose and chin making the shape of a T.

With combination skin the oil parts of the face are the forehead, nose and chin while the skin around the eyes and mouth are dry. In some cases the cheeks could be either oily or dry. As a result T-Zone would be treated with products to help with oil reduction to the oily parts of the face while the other dry parts would be treated with moisturizing products. Combination skin types are the most common type of skin.

Now that you have a better understanding of skin types and what your individual skin type is you will be able to choose a skincare product to best suit your needs.

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