Did you know that everyone has a different skin type? The type of skin you have affects how it reacts to different environments and products because everyone has different needs. Understanding your skin type is vital to skin health and makes it easier to find a skin routine that works best for you.

One way to determine your skin type is by washing your face with lukewarm water and refraining from adding products to it. In an hour, you should be able to assess your skin type. Keep reading below to figure out which characteristics describe your skin type.

DO I HAVE OILY SKIN?

If your skin feels oily or regularly appears shiny, it may mean that you have oily skin. This skin type is prone to acne and breakouts and can be challenging to match with the right moisturizer. Even though it might seem too greasy for moisturizer, it is still important to moisturize your skin after stripping the natural oils through washing. For oily skin, you should consider lightweight products that are water-based or lightweight sunscreens. We offer many different products tailored to oily skin. You can view them here.

DO I HAVE DRY SKIN?

Is your skin peeling, itchy, tight or rough? You might fall into the dry skin category. For this skin type, it can feel like everyday lotion or moisturizer does not do enough. This skin type can tend to feel flaky or scaly, especially when wearing foundation. You should try thicker, denser moisturizers that contain ingredients like petroleum jelly or an oil base that will assist in reducing the loss of water in the skin. View our recommended moisturizers and other products for dry skin here.

DO I HAVE ACNE-PRONE SKIN?

If you find yourself battling irritated, red and painful bumps on and under the skin on your face, chest or back, you might have acne-prone skin. Acne-prone skin is tricky and is best understood by talking with a professional. We would be happy to discuss the right treatment plan for you. In the meantime, be aware and choose gentle cleansers and moisturizers to avoid further irritation. Our gentle acne products are listed here. You can also read our blog, Alternatives to Treating Acne Without Taking Medication to learn more about acne-prone skin. 

DO I HAVE COMBO SKIN?

Combination skin is prone to patches of different characteristics. For example, you might have an oily forehead and nose but very dry cheeks. This skin type may be one of the most stubborn of all skin types since different areas need to be treated differently. You should try medium-weight moisturizers for the body and lighter-weight products for the face for this skin type. Be patient and take time to find the routine that is right for you. You can find our suggested products for combination skin here.

DO I HAVE NORMAL SKIN?

Normal skin does not show an excessive amount of oil or dryness and may be considered the easiest skin type to have. This skin type is usually balanced, so it doesn’t need heavy moisturizers or products to maintain moisture or harsh products to strip oils. Instead, try a water-based, lightweight moisturizer to maintain this skin type. You can view our products for normal skin here.

DO I HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN?

If you often experience rashes, irritation or redness, you might have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin can occur anywhere on the body and can be hard to nail down the source. You should try to avoid harsh products and choose products labeled as hypoallergenic, fragrance-free or have calming ingredients, like aloe. We offer different products tailored to sensitive skin. You can view them here.

DO I HAVE AGING SKIN?

Our skin tends to lose some of its protective factors like elasticity and water retention as we age, making our skin thinner and drier. Therefore, it is essential to try to protect it with the products we use. It is also important to remember that our skin changes and your skin type may change over the years as well. For best results, try something a little denser that contains thicker oils to retain water and protect your skin. To learn more about some preventive actions you can take to promote healthy skin aging, read our blog, How to Promote Healthy Skin Aging. Our aging skin products can be found here.

LEARN MORE AT THE DERMATOLOGY CENTER FOR SKIN HEALTH, PLLC

At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, we want to help you understand your skin type and the best ways to keep it healthy and beautiful. Our skilled team will pair you with the combination of products and treatments that are specified to your needs. Remember to be patient and gentle with your skin as you are on the way to understanding its unique needs.

We are here to help you understand your skin and find the treatment that works best for you.

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Moisturizers: Options for softer skin

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