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What You Should Know About the Different Types of Skin

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Anti Aging, Dry Skin Care, Mature Skin Care, Normal Skin Care, Oily Skin Care, Problematic Skin Care, Sensitive Skin Care, Skin Care | 0 comments

Knowing what skin type you have is critical to caring for it properly and to keep your skin looking its best.  In this article you will learn about the different skin types so you can easily determine which type of skin you have.  As skin changes over time and as a result of many factors, including age, stress, diet and environment, you may want to refer back to this article again and again to see if your skin type has changed. First up is normal skin.  This skin type is actually pretty rare, especially after puberty.  Young children have ‘normal’ skin, which is easy to recognize by the natural glow and color, softness and plumpness.  This type of skin does not have acne, wrinkles or enlarged pores.  It has good circulation and is even colored and smooth.  Many people long for ‘normal’ skin and use their skin care routines to help their skin take on the appearance of healthy, normal skin. Next is dry skin.  Dry skin is caused by a lack of production of sebum, or oil, which is the skins’ natural moisturizer.  The lack of sebum decreases the skin’s ability to retain moisture, so oftentimes dry skin is also dehydrated.  Dry skin can be caused by menopause or other hormonal changes.  Dry skin can develop unsightly flaky or ashy patches that can peel. This type of skin needs a lot of moisturizers and protection, as it is easily affected by environmental factors such as sun and wind. Dry skin often looks delicate, with fine, small pores. Oily skin can be easy to recognize, as it can have a shiny appearance and enlarged pores.  Oily skin is caused by excessive sebum production.  It can be accompanied by acne, blackheads and blemishes, but this is not always the case.  It is possible to have oily skin without blemishes. Oily skin can be brought on by over-cleaning, such as scrubbing with harsh cleansers or soaps and using astringents that contain alcohol.  This can trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, making skin even more oily than before. Combination skin is the most common skin type. This is found in people of all ages and is characterized by a patchwork of normal, oily and dry skin.  The T-zone, which is across the forehead and down the nose and chin, creating a ‘T’ is oily, and often has blackheads.  The cheeks can be normal to dry. Acne prone skin breaks out often as a result of overactive sweat and oil glands.  Teenagers and young adults are most prone to acne, but people of all ages can battle with acne prone skin.  As with oily skin, over-cleaning with harsh cleansers can trigger the skin to produce even more oil, so this should be avoided.  A consistent, gentle skin care routine is best for this type of skin. Next up is sensitive skin. This skin type is easily irritated and often red, itchy and uncomfortable.  It is prone to allergic reactions to alcohol...

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