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  • Writer's pictureCandie Renee

How to determine your skin type.

Updated: Mar 25, 2019

I wanted to post this article because I see so many people in my chair who do not understand why their skin is behaving a certain way or why some brands of makeup break them out. Well, the root cause is because they do not really know their skin type. In this article I will break it all down. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with me, please contact me.

Dry Skin

Dry skin does not produce enough oil. The follicles are small or non-visible. Dry skin requires extra care because it lacks protection. Treatment products for dry skin would include: Cleanser (sometimes mixed with a mild exfoliant) specifically formulated for people with dry skin, an ultra hydrating mask once or twice a week and a daily moisturizer with occlusive properties that will not only benefit dry skin but also prevent the skin from loosing water throughout the day. The number one way to treat dry or dehydrated skin is to increase the amount of water you drink throughout the day. #dryskintype

Normal Skin

Normal skin has a good balance of oil to water. However, some can be more on the dry side of normal and others on the oily side. Treatment products for normal skin would include: Daily cleanser, toner and moisturizer keeping in mind that for those who experience dry cheeks may need a different moisturizer than those who have an oily t- zone. #normalskintype

Oily Skin

Oily skin has a larger follicle and contains more oil. Blemishes and comedones (white heads) are common with people who have oily skin. Oily skin requires more cleansing and exfoliation than other skin types. However, over cleansing can irritate the skin's #acidmantle and cause more blemishes or over production of oil. Any product used should be water based rather than oil based. #oilyskintype

Combination Skin

Combination skin can be both oily and dry. The t-zone tends to be oilier with larger pores while the cheeks and jaw are dry. Combination skin needs to be balanced and requires more care than normal skin does. It is recommended to treat skin with a daily cleanser, toner, moisturizer and regular exfoliation. #combinationskintype

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is a condition that can affect all skin types. It is usually characterized by fragile, thin skin and redness. #SensitiveSkin is easily irritated by products or exposure to heat or the sun, so it’s best to avoid scenarios and products that may trigger a sensitive reaction. Sensitive skin should be treated very gently with non-irritating, calming products. #sensetiveskintype

Acne Prone Skin

#Acne can be caused by over cleaning skin in people with oily skin or not enough cleaning for those who have normal to normal/oily skin. Acne can also be cause by #hormonalimbalances. In addition to a healthy diet and plenty of water, acne can be treated with products that are specifically formulated those with acne prone skin or excessively oily skin. There are four grades of acne however grade 2-4 cannot be treated with skin care products alone. #acneproneskin

Aging Skin

Aging skin can be caused by lack of weakened collagen and elastin fibers, dehydration, #sundamage or #freeradicals. Those who look older due to dehydration will have skin that looks thin and flaky. Those who have #dehydratedskin can increase their water intake and use occlusive products to help the skin retain its water. Approximately 80% of our aging is due to sun damage so it is important to reduce exposure to the sun or excessive use of the tanning bed. One way to reduce free radicals in the skin is to use or consume products that are full of #antioxidants. #agingskin

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