Specifically, the different skin types.
Everyone has unique skin, but what exactly makes it different for each person? The answer starts with your skin type.
Skin types are the categories we use to classify how our skin behaves in its natural environment. You might find your skin feeling tight, greasy, or both—it all depends on genetics, hormonal changes, stress levels, and more.
If you’ve noticed that your skin consistently ‘acts’ a certain way, you might already be one step closer to figuring out which type is yours.
Generally, there are four main skin types:
Becoming acquainted with yours is essential because understanding your skin type will allow you to develop a skin care regimen tailored to your specific needs.
Although “normal” skin is subjective, it’s usually characterized by a balanced complexion. It retains the right amount of moisture and produces a healthy amount of sebum (or oil), resulting in smooth and clear skin with minimal blemishes, if any. Additionally, there isn’t any extra shine or visible flakiness, and while the pores are visible, they’re not enlarged or congested.
Dry skin, also known as xerosis, is characterized by a lack of moisture retention or sebum production, leading to dehydrated skin. It often appears dull or lackluster, flaky, rough to the touch, and can even feel itchy or irritated. Redness and fine lines are also particularly visible on this skin type.
Oily skin is characterized by excess sebum production, resulting in a shiny, often greasy appearance all over the face. Because the skin overproduces sebum, pores become enlarged and congested, allowing acne-causing bacteria to grow, leading to breakouts.
Combination skin, as the name implies, is characterized by having more than one skin type on the same face: dry and oily skin. Oily skin is concentrated in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), making it more prone to congestion and breakouts, while the cheeks remain dry.
When it comes to taking care of your skin—no matter the skin type—staying consistent with a personalized regimen will make the biggest difference.
You might have to go through a bit of trial and error to figure out what your skin needs, but once you do, you’re well on your way to clear, radiant, and healthy skin for the long term.
If you don’t know where to start, seeing a dermatologist is your best bet. They’ll help you figure out your next steps, whether it’s lifestyle advice, production recommendations, or treatment plans.
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