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What Is Your Skin Type?

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

If this is you, you are not alone: "I am so confused. There is so much information out there that I don't know what to use or what information is true". Well let me tell you...If I didn't have 20 years of education and experience as a Master Esthetician, I would feel the exact same way. In fact, this is why I had so many challenges with my skin! So lets break it down and start by talking about skin types and conditions.

Skin types are pre-determined by genetic factors and would include: normal, sensitive, dry, and oily skin. To add another layer, skin conditions is where it gets a little tricky and include acne (unless it’s genetic), dehydrated, premature aging, and allergy prone skin. Unlike our skin type, skin conditions stem from internal and external factors such as the weather, prescription drugs, allergies and topical products, just to name a few .

Skin diagnosis can be complicated because there are so many factors to consider, such as lifestyle habits, stress levels, general health and genetic factors (oil gland production). For example, you can have an oily skin type and still be dehydrated and sensitive.

So lets grab a mirror - We’ll be looking at skin thickness, oil production, hydration and vascular activity (dilated capillaries and flushing of the skin). Are your pores small, maybe slightly larger on the T-Zone? Is the texture of your skin smooth and firm?

Does your skin have a healthy, even color with a light glow? Are your blood vessels invisible? Are you prone to blackheads if not cared for? If you answered yes to these questions, your skin is normal.

Does your skin have a tight appearance? Are your pores almost invisible? Is your skin easily irritated? Is your skin lacking oil? Is your skin dull? Are you showing early signs of fine lines and wrinkles? Do you rarely breakout? If yes, your skin type is dry.

Are your pores visible and enlarged? Is your surface texture lacking smoothness? Is your surface texture shiny? Are you prone to breakouts? If so, your skin type is oily.

Is your skin texture fine with visible blood vessels? Is your skin very delicate and reacts to external irritants as well as stress, illness or PMS? Do you notice blotchiness, redness, heat or tingling when reacting to an irritant? Do you blush easily? If yes, your skin type is sensitive.

Wow, that was a lot of information! Now that we know our skin type, we can discuss how to care for our skin type and what skin conditions come into play.

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