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Discover Your Skin Type

Written by KD Gates

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Curious about your skin type? Most of us are, and it's not uncommon. Because everything from the sun, pollution, and harsh products can affect our skin, knowing if your skin is dry, oily, or sensitive can be a challenge. But like all challenges, there are solutions.

What are the different skin types? Until 2006, there were five different skin types; normal, combination, dry, oily, and sensitive. However, according to Dr. Leslie Baumann, author of The Skin Type Solution, there are 15 different skin types. But to keep things simple, we'll focus on the five different skin types outlined below.  

What's Your Skin Type?


Normal

  • Normal skin is perfect skin and is NOT realistic. Oiliness, dryness, and sensitivity would not be present.
  • Your pores are never enlarged or visible.  Dark spots, breakouts and blackheads do not occur.
  • Lines or wrinkles are not present and your skin tone is perfectly even without any flaws.

    Combination

    • With combination skin you have two or more different types of skin on your face. Usually a combination of oily and dry or oily and sensitive.
    • Your t-zone (nose, forehead, and chin) may be oily.
    • Breakouts, blackheads, and acne may occur as well as enlarged pores.

    Dry

    • You may experience flaky and or itchy skin.
    • Dry patches may appear in areas that lack hydration.
    • Your skin may appear rough and dull.
    • Pores are not enlarged.

    Oily

    • Your face is usually shiny and may be oily in the afternoon.
    • Makeup does not stay in place and easily glides off your face.
    • You may experience blackheads, acne, and whiteheads.
    • Your pores are visibly enlarged, usually on your chin, nose, and forehead.

    Sensitive

    • Your skin is easily irritated with product use.
    • Redness and or inflammation is normally present.
    • You may appear to have Rosacea* in areas that are irritated.
    • Skin may also experience some dryness.

    To learn more about Rosacea, please visit http://www.rosacea.org/

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