The 5 Different Skin Types and How to Treat Them

No one has the same type of skin, but there are five main categories. Someone may have a dry, oily, combination, sensitive, or normal skin type. Each one can be treated with the right skincare product. Here is what you need to know about each complexion and how to manage them. 

Dry Skin

If your skin is flaky, rough, and has red areas, then you may have dry skin. Dry skin is a result of dehydration and can lead to signs of aging like fine lines. It leaves a feeling of discomfort after swimming or bathing, and itchiness is common for this skin type. Dry skin may lead to skin conditions, such as eczema. 

If you have dry skin, you will need a product that hydrates your skin and restores its natural oils. Moisturizers can provide the skin with that extra hydration. Try to go with a product that is lightweight to avoid robbing the skin of natural oils. A moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid will provide skill cells with maximum moisture. It will reduce signs of aging as well. 

Oily Skin

Oily skin is characterized by its shiny appearance. The pores are bigger, and blackheads may appear. You are more inclined to get acne and redness. Men usually experience oily skin more frequently because their sebaceous glands produce more oil. Although you are less likely to experience wrinkles and fine lines, the breakouts can cause an uneven complexion. 

To treat oily skin, you will need to use an exfoliant. An exfoliant will keep your pores clean of any dirt and oil. It will remove dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of acne scars. Try to use products that contain salicylic acid, which boosts cell turnover. For dry patches, a salicylic cleanser can hydrate the skin and keep it balanced. Avoid products that dry and strip the skin. Otherwise, excess oil will get produced. 

Combination Skin

As the name suggests, combination skin is when you have a mix of oily and dry skin. It has what is called an oily T-Zone. The T-Zone consists of the forehead, nose, and chin. While these areas tend to get oily, the cheeks may be on the dry side. Blemishes can occur, and the skin in the oily zone may experience blackheads. 

When going through your skincare routine, use products that will manage the amount of oil while balancing moisture. An aftershave toner will help control oil secretion and remove blackheads. The toner also can boost the moisture in the skin to prevent it from being dry and flaky. 

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is when the skin is thinner than normal. Medical conditions, like eczema, can cause sensitive skin. You will experience redness and flare-ups, and dryness and itchiness may occur. Allergens and specific body products tend to trigger sensitive skin. 

It will help to get products that are meant for sensitive skin. Look for a lactic toner that contains anti-inflammatory ingredients. The toner's natural anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritated skin. It is important to get a product that improves the skin's natural defense system. Your skin will be more resilient and look smoother. 

Normal Skin

While it may be hard to define what is considered normal skin, this complexion is not too oily and not too dry. The skin does not experience much sensitivity, and pores are barely visible. You will experience very few blemishes and breakouts. 

It is important to maintain balance in your skin. A glycolic cleanser will prevent blemishes and breakouts while reducing acne scars. The cleanser also keeps your face hydrated, so it will continue to feel smooth. Add it to your daily routine to maintain normal skin. 

Do not be discouraged if you are struggling with a sensitive or oily complexion. They easily can be maintained, so you have healthy and renewed skin. If you would like to hear more about what products benefit certain skin types, contact us today.