Cheat Sheet for How to Know What Skin Type You Have

How to know what skin type you have

The first and most important step toward glowing skin is to understand how to know what type of skin you have.

Because of the misguided misconceptions about the different types of skin, most women misdiagnose their skin type and end up using the wrong skin care products and regimen.

This fallacy can lead to increased acne, aggravated skin, and can make your skin seem older than it actually is. Instead of suffering these undesirable outcomes, use the following cheat sheet for how to know what type of skin type you have.

Normal Skin Type

The normal skin type is radiant and smooth because it evenly reflects light. People with normal skin will rarely have breakouts because their skin balanced and not too dry or too oily. With this type of skin, you may be able to try several different types of products without suffering adverse reactions. Another indicator of normal skin is if you do not notice changes in your skin throughout the day. Normal skin has:

  • A radiant complexion
  • No severe sensitivity
  • Few or no implications
  • Barely visible pores

Oily Skin Type

If you have oily skin, your face looks and feels shiny and moist, especially at midday when the oil is at the peak. People with oily skin will tend to have clogged pores. At the same time, people with oily skin are more prone to blackheads and whiteheads (noninflammatory acne) as well as cystic zits and pimples (inflammatory acne), which may show up all of over the body. Oily skin types can produce:

  • Thick, shiny, or dull complexion
  • Larger pores
  • Blemishes, pimples and blackheads

Combination Skin Type

With the combination skin type, your chin, nose, and forehead tend to break out and are oily. On the other hand, your cheeks, eye area, and temples tend to stay dry. You may also fall into the combination skin type category if your skin changes with the season or climate; sometimes your skin is as dry as sandpaper and other times it's overly oily. Combination skin will produce:

  • Shinier skin
  • Blackheads
  • Overly dilated pores

Sensitive or Dry Skin Type

People with dry or sensitive skin will commonly suffer from eczema or easily have red patches. Eczema is a rash like dry condition. Your skin may feel dry, tight, or rough in the evening or afternoon, even after you have recently applied moisturizer. Using cosmetics, skin products, or sunblocks may result in redness and skin stinging. People with dry skin may suffer from:

  • More visible lines
  • Dull and rough complexion
  • Almost invisible pores
  • Red patches
  • Less elasticity

Caring for Different Skin Types

When it comes to getting facials and caring for your skin, it's important to know what type of skin type you have. In most instances, skincare products are created for specifically for a skin type. While the best way to determine your skin type is with a professional consultation, you can use the following tips to know when a product isn't a fit for your skin.

  • If a skincare product leaves your skin feeling dry or tight, it may cause you to think you have dehydrated or dry skin. However, alcohol-based toners and sulfate-based foaming cleansers can strip your skin of it's moisture. While most people think the tight feeling is associated with clean skin, this isn't true.
  • If a product burns and stings, it may not be good for your skin. These types of reactions can make you think your skin is sensitive when it's really the product that is irritating your skin. However, if you use an acid serum product you should expect this type of sensation.
  • If you notice your skin is becoming excessively oily, something in the product is causing your skin to dry out. Many of the products for oily skin include drying ingredients. However, these ingredients may dehydrate the skin and cause it to produce excessive oil to balance itself out. Properly hydrating your skin is the key to getting it to produce less oil.
  • If a product leaves your skin out of balance or irritated, you should immediately stop using the product. Considering the underlying cause of aging is inflammation, using a product that doesn't agree with your skin will expedite the aging process.
  • If an exfoliation product leaves your skin flaky and dry, you may be over-exfoliating your skin. Excess exfoliation may damage your skin's moisture barrier, which can allow moisture to escape and invisible cracks. In the end, this will make your skin more flaky and drier. Anytime you use an exfoliation product, always pay attention to your skin's reaction.

Contact EBJ Skin & Wellness Centre to Understand How to Know What Skin Type You Have

Unveiling the best you starts with understanding how to know what type of skin type you have. When you have this information, you will be able to only use products that will promote your inner glow.

Contact EBJ Skin & Wellness Centre today to schedule your skin analysis.

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