All skin is not created equal. Skin actually varies greatly from person to person, and in fact, it can vary in individuals over the course of a lifetime. It’s important to discuss your skin type with your dermatologist, since the type of skin you have forms the basis for everything from dermatological treatments to which skincare products work best for you. There are four basic types of skin: normal, dry, oily, and sensitive. You can be one type, or you may have combination skin with different types in different areas. Here is what you need to know.
Normal skin has a good balance of moisture, so it isn’t too oily or too dry. Pores are small and the complexion is clear and radiant. Normal skin also isn’t sensitive. Individuals with normal skin tend to have few skin issues and can use a wide variety of products.
If your complexion is dull and flaky with red patches and visible lines, you have dry skin. Sometimes, people are simply born with dry skin, while medications, tanning beds, aging, and hormonal changes bring it on in other people. Talk to your dermatologist about moisturizers and cleansers that will help boost your skin’s hydration without exacerbating your dryness.
Oily skin is characterized by enlarged pores, shiny complexion, and, in many cases, acne. It can be triggered by hormonal imbalances, stress, and excessive heat. If you have oily skin, resist the urge to wash it frequently. Stick to two times per day. Never pop pimples, which can cause scarring. Ask your dermatologist to recommend non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic skincare products to avoid clogging your pores.
Sensitive skin is red, itchy, and dry. It may also burn. Sensitive skin may be genetic or it may be linked to your skincare routine. It is essential that you use very gentle skincare products to clean and moisturize your sensitive skin. Your dermatologist can recommend the right ones for you.
Make an appointment at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery to learn more about your skin type and to find out how to care for it. Call (866) 608-9531 to set up a consultation with one of our skin doctors.