The Different Skin Types And Proper Care
Just like everything else—our eyes, hair, personalities, and body types—everybody’s skin is different. There are several skin types, which require different methods of care and products to help keep it healthy and beautiful. The most common types of skin are dry, oily, normal, combination, and sensitive. Combination skin is a mix of oily and dry or normal skin and is the most common type.
Knowing your skin type is important in taking care of your skin the best way possible. While it may be hard for most people to look at their skin and know their type and the proper care and products to use, learning which type of skin you have can help to keep your skin healthy. You can learn about your skin type and proper care during a free consultation at Nuderma Health & Med Spa. We understand different skin types and that everyone’s needs are different, we can help you learn more about your skin and teach you the best care treatments that will help your skin become healthier than ever.
We all want our skin to look beautiful and healthy, but getting those results starts with understanding your skin. At Nuderma Health & Med Spa, we offer many different services and products that can help you achieve ultimate skin health. One product we offer is Skinprint®. This is a customized skincare product that targets your skin’s needs, leaving your skin looking and feeling better than ever. Along with this, and many other skincare products, we offer different services that can improve your skin. Our HydraFacial® service can rejuvenate your skin, using medical grade products that target the different needs of your skin. This service is especially beneficial for oily skin, but can help all skin types. Some of our other services that help with the health of your skin include IPL Therapy and PRP Therapy.
While we can help rejuvenate your skin, the best skin care happens at home on a daily basis. That is why understanding your skin and knowing the types is so important, it allows you to properly care for your skin at home and keep it looking healthy and beautiful. If you misdiagnose your skin type, you may begin using the wrong products and care, which can lead to irritated skin, acne breakouts, and other issues. To learn more about the different skin types, keep reading! We will go over they skin types, the signs, and the best treatment options. To be sure what your skin type is, come in to Nuderma Health & Med Spa.
If you have normal skin, you are lucky. Normal skin is smooth and radiant. This type of skin is well balanced, it is not too dry or too oily. People with normal skin will not notice much of a difference in their skin throughout the day and can try many different skin care products without having a reaction. According to BootsWebMD, people with normal skin have:
- A radiant complexion
- No severe sensitivity
- Few imperfections
- Barely visible pores
If your skin is smooth with no blemishes, fine pores, and no spots that are too oily or dry, you most likely have normal skin. However, even with skin that is normal, that does not mean it is perfect. Normal skin types can still get the occasional blemish and may change with age. So knowing how to properly care for your normal skin and keep it looking beautiful for years to come, you need to follow a few tips. In a bioClarity article, they mention that people with a normal skin type should avoid products that cause their face to feel too greasy or dry their skin out. It is also important to remember that even though normal skin does not need as much maintenance, it still needs to be cared for and treated with products that are made with important ingredients.
When you have dry skin it is likely to feel tight, rough, and may flake. After applying moisturizer, it may become dry within hours, leaving your skin feeling that same as it did before you added moisturizer. According to Eucerin, dry skin produces less sebum than normal skin, resulting in skin that lacks the lipids needed to retain moisture. Due to the lack of sebum, skin is also not able to protect itself against external influences.
People with dry skin may notice:
- Pores that are almost invisible
- Red patches
- Rough and dull complexion
- Premature wrinkles
- Less elasticity
There are many different reason why you may have dry skin—genetics, weather, and other external influences can cause your skin to become dry and irritable. While dry skin may be embarrassing or annoying to deal with, there are many different way to care for your skin that can help improve its overall health.
Moisturizing is obviously important when taking care of dry skin. Use an oil-based moisturizer to help keep your skin more hydrated. If your skin is cracking and flaking, use a heavier moisturizer. Dry skin can often be sensitive, so finding a moisturizer that is gentle is important. The bioClarity article mentions that creams, rather than lotions, often work better for people with dry skin because they contain more oil. The more oil a moisturizer contains, the better it can be absorbed by the skin, allowing it to become better hydrated.
Again, dry skin tends to be more sensitive, so finding a face wash, soap, or cleanser without benzoyl peroxide or deodorant. Find a face wash that is hydrating and helps your skins. Products with green tea extract and other natural ingredients often work well. When showering, don’t scrub. Gently cleanse your skin with a moisturizing product.
Other Care Techniques
There are many other things that you can do to help reduce the dryness of your skin. Start by avoiding long and hot showers and be sure to shower no more than once a day. A shorter and warm shower can help your skin, hot and long showers can actually strip the oil from your skin. A humidifier can also help. If you home
seems to be dry, get a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
Oily skin is caused by an excess of sebum but can be both genetic and hormonal. Oily skin often has a shine to it, if you notice your skin is shinier than most, you most likely have oily skin. If your skin is oily, you may also have:
- Skin that is shiny
- Enlarged pores
- Acne breakouts
- Clogged pores
- Thicker complexion
The problem with oily skin, is that products that dry skin out can make it worse. While you may think using these products can help rid your skin of the excess oil, they can actually trigger your skin to produce more oil. So try to avoid the products with drying ingredients, or you will end up with oilier skin. Exfoliating oily skin is important. It can help to clear your skin of dead skin cells, which may become trapped in pores due to a buildup of oil and this can result in more acne breakouts.
Using lotions may seem to counterproductive, but keeping skin hydrated with the right type of moisturizer can help. BioClarity mentions that a water-based or noncomedogenic moisturizer can help prevent pores from becoming clogged. Don’t skip out on moisturizing because your skin is oily. All skin need to stay hydrated to stay healthy.
Other Care Techniques
Oily skin may be genetic, meaning you won’t be able to change your skin type. But there are things you can change in your day to day activities that can help to reduce the shine and production of oil. If you wear makeup, using oil-free products can help to not clog pores. Try not to wear heavy makeup that can easily clog your pores and cause breakouts. Cleaning the makeup off your face every night can also help. Don’t pick at your blemishes. This could cause them to get worse and create a larger breakout.
Combination skin is the most common type of skin. It is, as the name suggests, a combination of two types of skin. Parts of your face may be dry and flaky, while other parts are oily and more prone to acne. If your skin in not oily or dry all over, you most likely have combination skin. Combination skin is not always easy to identify, and because it can be so different, it can be hard to treat.
Many people with combination skin have have oily skin in what is called the T-zone. The T-zone is the forehead, nose, and chin, which often have more active oil glands. People with combination skin may notice:
- Normal or dry cheeks
- Oily T-zone
- Enlarged pores in T-zone
Because of the difference in combination skin and the different treatments for the types, it can be hard to find the right products that will help improve your skin as a whole.
An oil-free moisturizer is best for combination skin, but if your skin tends to be more oily at time and drier at others, you can use different moisturizers that work better for the different types of skin.
When caring for combination skin, try to stick with natural products. Other chemically based products can be harsh and cause the dry and oily areas to become worse. Exfoliating is important with combination skin. Gently exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin from the dry areas while unclogging the pores in the oily areas. Following these cleansing tips can help improve the look and health of your skin.
Sensitive skin can appear to be dry, oily, or a combination of the two, but will also become more easily irritated. Sensitive skin can even overlap with normal skin, although this is not as common. If you have sensitive skin you may experience:
With sensitive skin, try using products that are unscented and natural. Avoid harsh chemical products. The best method to finding the right products for you is to test small areas of skin to see if it become irritated by the product. One way that dermatologists classify different sensitivity levels is with the Fitzpatrick Scale. Learn more about the Fitzpatrick Scale in the article from bioClarity.
Understanding the type of skin you have and how to properly care for it is important in maintaining and improving the health of your skin. While it may seem simple to tell whether your skin is oily, dry, normal, a combination, or sensitive, it is easy to misdiagnose your skin. But at Nuderma Health & Med Spa, we can help figure out your skin type, help you understand it, and give your tips and tricks to try at home to improve the health of your skin. We can also provide services that can help get your skin to a better level of health, so maintaining it is easier for you. Learn more about our med spa and contact us today.