It’s an important question to have answered before you dive in and start purchasing your favorite skincare products. We will start with the basics. Skin types are caused by genetics but can vary greatly due to internal and external factors.
‘Normal’ is a term that is used to described well-balanced skin. Normal skin has good blood circulation, a smooth texture, and no blemishes.
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‘Dry’ skin is a type of skin that produces less sebum than it normally should. Dry skin, therefore, lacks the lipids it needs to keep its moisture and build a protective layer against any external forces. Skin moisture depends on the supply of water in the deeper skin layers and perspiration.
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This skin type describes skin with heightened sebum. The overproduction of sebum is known as seborrhea. There are many causes of overproduction of sebum including hormonal changes and imbalances, stress, and medication. Oily skin is usually marked by enlarged, visible pores, a shine, as well as thicker skin.
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This type of skin refers to a combination or mix of skin types. This combination skin type occurs in the T-zone. The T-zone consists of the forehead, nose, and chin. Combination skin is defined by an oily T-zone, normal to dry cheeks, and enlarged pores.
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Although not an official skin type, it is important to note that some individuals suffer from sensitive skin.
Those suffering from sensitive skin usually incur redness, burning and or itching with the use of certain products. Sensitive skin is a symptom caused by various factors including allergies and or an underlying skin disorder.
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