Skin Care Guide – Part 2

What is My Skin Type?

There are notionally five types of skin: Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination and Sensitive skin. Let’s find out how each of these looks.

Normal skin

Normal skin is the skin that doesn’t look or feel excessively dry or too oily. It is also smooth and supple with an even tone. The skin pores are small, and it rarely has pimples. The reality is, however, that ideally normal skin is as rare as ideal health, and most people have skin with some degree of oiliness or dryness, varying tone, lack of suppleness, excessive softness, some imperfections and other irregularities. But if those features are insignificant, your skin maybe close to normal and then you only need a very basic daily skin regimen.

Dry skin

Dry skin usually feels tight and looks flaky; it’s transparent and has fine texture. The pores are typically small, and the skin easily gets irritated with cracks developing in places. Blemishes and blackheads are rare, but may occur. Some dermatologists believe that skin dryness may accelerate aging and, in particular, facilitate development of wrinkles. Here is an appropriate daily regimen for dry skin.

Oily skin

Oily skin looks shiny, feels greasy and oftentimes sticky if not properly cleansed. It’s thick, coarse and firm with medium to large pores. People with oily skin often have pimples, blemishes, blackhead and whiteheads. A good thing about oily skin is that it produces a lot of sebum (natural protective oil) and thus is always well moisturized. People with oily skin also often look younger than their actual age, but on the down side they tend to develop acne especially in their teen to young adult years. If this is your type of skin, than check out the recommended daily regimen for oily skin.

Combination skin

Combination skin as you might have guessed for the name is a combination of dry and oily skin in different areas of your body. The common signature of combination skin is oiliness in the T-zone of you face (forehead, nose and chin) and dry check and eye area. This is because they have more oil glands than the rest of the face. Apparently, people with combination skin often has a skin condition called seborrhea, which is excessive production of oil on scalp and face. Seborrhea is often accompanied by yeast overgrowth on the scalp and eyebrows, which in turn may lead to skin itchiness, irritation and dandruff. If you have some of these symptoms, they you need to consult your dermatologist. Check out our article on daily skin regimen for combination skin.

Sensitive skin

As opposed to all other skin types that can adversely react to commonly known irritants such as detergents, alcohol, acidic products, makeup removers etc., sensitive skin may react to even generally non-irritating factors such as cold, heat or wind. Sensitive skin may easily develop redness, itching, some kind of rash, burning or stinging in response to those generally safe conditions.  At the same time, real irritants (as listed above) may cause sensitive skin to develop a rash, swollen capillaries and even allergies. Finally, it’s also subject to quick and severe sunburns.

Fortunately people with truly sensitive skin are rather uncommon, but if you are one of them then before you start any skin care regimens, consult a dermatologist to make sure you don’t have rosasea or eczema. The thing is those skin conditions can often be mistaken for hypersensitivity. If you are certain you have a genuinely sensitive skin, then check out our guidelines on the best daily regimen for sensitive skin.

Skin Care Guide Part 3 – Basic Skin Care Routine

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