Understanding your skin type is an essential factor for helping to promote skin health, and for keeping your skin in top condition. There are a number of different skin types, and these all have different requirements for treatments, as well as different complications. So what are these skin types?
What are the different skin types?
There are five different skin types altogether, which include:
- Normal skin types
- Dry skin types
- Oily skin types
- Combination skin types (dry and oily)
- Sensitive skin types
What are normal skin types?
A normal skin type has a regular texture, no imperfections, and is neither too dry or too oily. This skin type is suitable for the widest range of topical skin lotions and other aesthetic treatment options.
What are dry skin types?
Dry skin is a complicated skin type that can be caused by genetics, leading to long term dry skin complaints, or it can be caused by external factors that only cause an issue during certain seasons, on a temporary basis.
External factors including weather and low humidity can temporarily damage the outer layers of skin, dehydrating the skin cells and leaving patchy, dry skin. This can be discoloured, as well as tight and itchy. More severe dry skin can lead to cracked skin, which may be open to infection. Dry skin is usually a more common complaint in the Autumn and Winter months.
What are oily skin types?
Oily skin can be caused by genetics or hormones, and is essentially an excess of oil. Oily skin can be caused by an increase in fat production by sebaceous glands, and is associated with a range of effects, including shiny skin and acne.
What are combination skin types?
Combination skin types are more complex as this type of skin is both oily and dry. The two skin types don’t appear in the same place on the face, with the T-zone being oily, and the cheeks being either normal or dry. The T-zone is a specific facial area including the forehead, nose and chin.
What are sensitive skin types?
Sensitive skin is fragile skin that reacts to external factors that usually would not impact normal skin. Sensitive skin loses its outer barrier which makes it more susceptible to damage and bacteria, and so is more likely to be itchy, red, tight or irritated. This is one of the most difficult types of skin to treat with topical skin lotions and aesthetic treatments, but there are a range of effective options available.
What are the advantages of identifying your skin type?
There are a number of advantages and benefits to identifying your skin type. These advantages include:
- Using the right products- without a thorough understanding of your skin type you may apply products that are simply not suitable, and could cause skin irritations or reactions. Instead, with knowledge about your skin type you can be sure to make the right product and treatment choices.
- Getting the right results- whether it’s a topical lotion or an aesthetic procedure, with a good understanding of your skin, and its requirements, you can be sure that you will achieve the results you are looking for. From a healthy skin glow to an equal skin tone, your skin can be transformed.
We understand skin
Here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic, we understand skin, and skin types. We can help identify your skin type and this will inform all of the treatment choices we offer, so that we can be sure of achieving the right results for your individual requirements. For more information or advice, get in touch with Prestons leading professionals today!