A Review of the Common Skin Types

A Review of the Common Skin Types

Understanding the type of skin you have is important in choosing a skincare regimen to follow. Given that there are various types with their characteristics, this can be a tad challenging. Here’s a quick rundown to help keep you informed:


Normal skin 

As expected, people who have the natural skin type won’t readily describe their skin as being oily or dry. While it’s possible for some oiliness and dryness to be present, these are usually very rare, and resolving them is very easy.

People with normal skin have small pores that can easily be seen. There isn’t much in the way of shine on this skin, but it also doesn’t flake or crack easily as well. you see few wrinkles or lines on normal skin, and with very few in the way of marked blemishes, you get skin that has an even tone.

It should, however, be noted that normal skin can have a few blemishes here and then. However, like dryness and oiliness, following a few simple skincare tips can help you get rid of them easily. This is to point out that normal skin isn’t perfect in any way; at the end of the day, there are bound to be a few blemishes here and there.

Also, people with normal skin will need to keep in mind that skin characteristics change with time as well. So, the fact that you don’t have any skin problems now doesn’t necessarily mean that things will continue this way forever. As life events such as menopause and pregnancy become more prominent, some skin blemishes might arise. You could also experience things like acne if you experience a change in hormone levels or make use of a skincare product that your body isn’t accustomed to.

A regular skincare regimen will also be required by people with normal skin to ensure that their skin characteristics are properly maintained.


Dry skin 

People who have dry skin tend to feel a bit of tightness in their skin. In most instances, there are also appearances of flaking and skin patches. Pores are generally invisible, and issues such as regular irritation and premature wrinkles are also very prominent.


What causes dry skin?

There are several factors that could lead to dry skin. Some people simply get it from their parents, as the amount of sebum produced in the oil glands is usually affected by hereditary traits. Others believe that skin dryness is a product of a lack of moisture.


Moisturizer for dry skin

People who have dry skin will get quite a lot of help from moisturizers. It’s also important that you stick to a skincare regimen. People with dry skin tend to benefit from using lotions, since these contain more oil and can moisturize even better. The higher a moisturizer’s oil count, the better it is for treating dry skin.

However, make sure you test every moisturizer on your skin before adding it to ensure that you don’t get any allergic reactions to it.  


Oily skin

You know you have oily skin when your face and skin shine quite a lot. Another important trait of the oily skin is the easy breakout of acne.


What causes oily skin?

A lot of the time, oily skin arises due to both hormonal changes and genetic factors in an individual. People who have oily skin due to genetics have a high amount of sebum, which helps to soften and hydrate the skin. However, when the hormone levels in the body change, there’s usually a spike in the production of androgens- a male hormone that we all have.

When androgens are produced, sebum production is on the increase as well. however, when the oil is produced to an excess, the skin’s pores are expanded, and the result is blockages that turn to acne and pimples.   


Taking care of oily skin

A lot of people believe that skin care for oily skin starts with the use of products that can “dry out” the skin. However, this could end up not getting the job done. Some drying agents could actually trigger the production of more oils, thus exacerbating the problem. 

Instead, make sure that you exfoliate your skin lightly. As oil builds, dead skin cells can get trapped in your pores and lead to blemishes and acne. So, et products with gentle exfoliators that gently take off dead skin cells and free up your pores.


Combination skin

When you have combination skin, you usually find two or more different skin types on your face. This means that certain portions will be dry and flaky, while others will have an excess of oil. It’s easy to mistake this as having one end of the spectrum, but when you find your skin being in portions, then you have combination skin. 

Combination skin is actually the most popular amongst all skin types. However, identifying and treating it is also very challenging. You’ll need to find the right skincare regimen that will exfoliate your skin, while also being mild enough not to irritate it. 

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