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4 skin types

Updated on May 15, 2009


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Four Common Skin Types

With the skin being one of the largest organs of the body, it's no wonder how much emphasis is placed on caring for it. The skin is also the most visual of all organs and good skin care means a more beautiful, healthy you.

Our genetics, race, and age all play a factor in our skin type. How our skin reacts to our diet, hormones, the environment, and climate we live in can help us determine how to choose the best skin care products and the most effective way treat our problem areas. We'll outline four common skin types:

Normal

Normal skin feels comfortable and requires the least attention. Those lucky enough with this skin type have a proper balance of moisture and oil production to have smooth, healthy skin with minimum breakouts. Cleansing with a mild soap every day and using a light moisturizer if needed is usually enough for this low-maintenance skin type.

Dry Skin

Dry skin can affect any age group but it's more common as we get older. It's uncomfortable and tight, often with dry patches that can get irritated and itchy. Because of the lack of oil, dry skin is prone to fine lines and wrinkles appearing.  If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer often, underneath makeup and before bedtime to increase the comfort level and reduce your chances of unwanted lines.

Oily

Oily skin occurs when the sebaceous glands work overtime and provide too much oil, giving our skin a shiny and sometimes greasy appearance. Large pores often are a characteristic of those with an oily skin type and teenagers frequently experience pimples and acne, reducing their self-esteem. Fortunately, there are many products on the market today to keep the oil in check, thus reducing or eliminating any scarring that may occur. Use of makeup and powder soaks up excessive oil while minimizing shine.

Combination Skin Type

Combination skin is the trickiest to care for because some areas are dry, some oily and some may be perfectly normal. Oily areas are usually in the t-zone and forehead while dry areas are common on the outer areas of the cheeks. Use of hair care products that come into contact with the skin around the hairline can cause an unwanted drying affect. There's no one product that magically solves problems for each individual area so it's best to take the time to treat combination skin types accordingly.

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