Oily skin is when the face produces an excess amount of oil that gives a shiny or greasy appearance on the skin which can lead to clogged pores. Typically it is characterized by open pores, shiny complexion, blackheads, blemishes, and thick skin.
Combination skin is a very common skin type where there are two or more conditions on the face. Typically it is characterized by dry, flaking skin on the cheeks, while excessive oil and shine appears on other areas of the face.
Dry skin occurs when the skin's barrier is not working and it's losing too much water or oil. Typically it is characterized by dry, flaky skin, itching, or cracks in the skin.
Normal skin is the very lucky few that have basic skincare needs. Typically it is characterized by few to no blemishes, no sensitivity, minimally visible pores, and balanced hydration levels.
Sensitive skin is when you have persistent reactions to a product or specific ingredient. Typically it is characterized by reactive, itchy, dry, breakout-prone, sensitive to sunlight, red, and burning skin.
Acne prone skin is when breakouts are persistent and do not go away after using multiple skincare products. Typically it is characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, large pores, pimples in many different forms and an excessive recurring amount.
Lifestyle: Oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands in the skin make too much sebum. This is the oily substance that protects and hydrates the skin. However too much can lead to clogged pores and acne. This requires you to make skincare a habit. Symptoms can include shiny appearance, obvious pores, skin that looks thick, persistent pimples, and clogged pores.
Causes: Genetics play a role in how oily the skin becomes. Hormone changes or high-stress levels may also increase the production of oily sebum. Climate also plays a role since people tend to have oilier skin in hot, humid climates. Using the wrong skincare products as well as overdoing your skincare routine can also lead to increased oil production.
Tips: Wash regularly to reduce the amount of oil on your skin. Avoid soaps with fragrances and harsh chemicals. Also avoid loofahs as any friction to the skin can cause increased production of oils. Use salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide in medicated skincare products to tackle oils. Use a toner and pat the face dry also using blotting papers throughout the day can help reduce any unwanted shiny skin. Using daily facial masks can also help and using a moisturizer is extremely important so try to find oil free creams.
Diet: Avoid greasy foods and also drink water to stay hydrated. Foods such as cucumber, nuts, oranges, green vegetables, avocados, and fish all prevent the overproduction of oil. Dark chocolate also prevents acne inflammation and coconut water keeps skin clean and prevents oily outbursts. Lemons also suck the oils from your skin and bananas helps regulate pores to prevent dirt from entering skin.
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Lifestyle-: Skin is never happy with any products used designed for specific skin types. You will see oiliness on some parts of your face soon after washing it and using a moisturizer for normal skin makes T-zone oily but rest of the face feel good. You can breakout and have dry patches all at the same time and it is difficult finding products that work. You may also notice blackheads and whiteheads and the appearance of larger pores.
Causes : In most cases genetics are to blame for this specific skin type and the skincare products you choose can be a huge contributing factor as well. Most products will cause an increase in oil production while others will irritate the skin with harsh ingredients that cause areas to dry out.
Tips: Avoid any products that contain harsh chemicals or skin aggravating ingredients. Stay away from petroleum-based moisturizers since they clog pores. A gel, thin lotion, or liquid texture work well over the entire face so you may only need a deeper moisturizer for the dry areas. Topical products have the ability to soothe skin and work well with all skin types. Protect your skin from UV damage by wearing sunscreen. Exercise to get blood pumping and practice stress relief.
Diet: Combination skin is the result of an imbalance which can be helped by balancing your diet. Make sure to eat fruits and vegetables to get the vitamins your body needs. Eating a diet rich in probiotics can help the overall health and appearance of skin. It is able to fight inflammation and harmful bacteria which promotes clear skin and eliminates dryness. A diet that includes fatty acids from salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed can also help moisturize skin without clogging pores. Avoid processed foods and sugars since they contribute to inflammation.
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Lifestyle: Dry skin can be caused from a number of different reasons. Indications you have this specific skin type include flaky skin, dry feeling, peeling skin, rough skin. No matter how much lotion you use you still feel dry and do not have any relief from your dry skin symptoms. Symptoms include rough or scaly skin, chapped or cracked lips, itching, or cracks in the skin.
Causes: Some of the main causes include age, disease, water exposure, climate, job, and genetics. Too much water or oil is lost when the skin's outer layer loses its ability to hold together and protect the layers beneath it. The inner layers are responsible for the skin's moisture and lose water through damaged skin. Those with eczema or psoriasis are more likely to have dry skin but diabetes, thyroid disease, and malnutrition can also be factors. Chlorine can also cause dry skin as well as a dry climate especially in the winter months.
Tips: Exfoliate skin one to two times a week using calming ingredients but do not over exfoliate. Consistency is key so using products morning and night gives the best results. Consult with a professional to get a custom chemical peel. Avoid fragrances in your products and cleanse hands with lukewarm water and use a cream based cleanser with lotion immediately after with skin still wet. Use a humidifier in the winter time.
Diet: Drink plenty of water and eat healthy choosing foods rich in antioxidants and probiotics to help strengthen skin's barrier. Healthy fats and oils found in avocadoes, olive oil, nuts, and coconut oil can help with moisture. Some other foods include sweet potatoes, tangerines, seeds, and salmon and fatty fish. Avoid alcohol, salty foods, sugar, coffee, and carbohydrates (white rice, bread, and pasta).
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Lifestyle: When brands market to normal skin type they focus on individuals with no blemishes, no sensitivity, and balanced hydration levels. If you are one of the lucky few you probably have very basic skincare needs. Those with this skin type don't feel dry or greasy and the maintenance of their skin is pretty simple.
Treatment: The best possible way of treating normal skin is to use a gentle cleanser, hydrating skin toner, and a moisturizer with SPF 30 or greater. It also would help to add a serum and exfoliation of the skin to your skincare routine. Even if the skin is normal is still needs essential ingredients to nourish and defend against the environment.
Tips: Great skincare starts with PH balance. Probiotics can help balance and prevent aging of the skin. A healthy skincare regimen can maintain normal skin glow. Consult with a licensed esthetician for formulations designed for your personal skincare needs.
Diet: Feed your skin from the inside out. Foods rich in probiotics can help your skin. Include plenty of antioxidants and avoid foods that contribute to inflammation. A high-quality diet with omega 3 fatty acids can help and avoid sugary foods.
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Lifestyle: Your skin may react to skincare products, eating certain foods, overexposure to sunlight, or even cosmetics. You may even have an allergy or be sensitive as a result of irritation. Specific ingredients may trigger an allergy in your skin and lead to persistent issues with having sensitive skin.
Causes: Typically your skin barrier does a good job of not allowing molecules and irritants to pass-through. Yet, harsh ingredients in cosmetics or products can penetrate your skin. We already deal with hormonal changes, emotional stress, and pollution. It's not a wonder that your skin can develop strange problems.
Tips: Avoid using products that contain ingredients that may cause a reaction such as fragrances or harsh chemicals. Whenever possible try to avoid products that are not PH balanced. Just because some products are labeled "natural" or "organic" doesn't always indicate that it will not trigger sensitivity. Do not over-exfoliate your face and avoid hot showers because water temperature can cause a reaction. Always consult a licensed esthetician to create a custom plan to support your sensitive skin needs.
Diet: The foods you eat have a big impact on on what happens on the surface. Spicy foods can cause redness and sugary foods may cause inflammation. Allergic reactions may arise from proteins in milk, egg whites, soy and gluten. Foods rich in probiotics such as yogurt can help with skin sensitivity, itching, redness and may block the release of inflammatory chemicals. Eating healthy helps flush out toxins and keep your skin glowing. Remember drink lots of water to stay hydrated!
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Lifestyle: Trying new products often works to clear up your acne but then the pimples and redness come back even worse. Treating acne is not just about using spot treatments it is about balancing the skin to prevent further breakouts and achieve clear skin. Many acne products are harsh and work only for a short period of time leaving behind dry scaly skin. This hides the bacteria that is still within your pores waiting to become another breakout.
Causes: Acne is caused by bacteria and blockage of the pores. The most common cause is also inflammation of the oil glands that cause over active oil production which allows dirt and dead skin cells to become trapped causing blackheads, papules and pustules. Microbiome imbalance, pollution, allergens, stress, and diet are also all major causes of recurring acne.
Tips: Acne free skin starts with pH balance. Never go to bed with makeup on and change pillow cases often (at least once a week). Try to reduce stress with breathing exercises, talking a walk, or meditation to fight inflammation of the body. Avoid excess sun exposure, touching your face, and popping pimples. Be careful when applying hair care products around the face and be sure to clean your phone, glasses and makeup brushes on a regular basis.
Diet: Food rich in probiotics such as yogurt, kombucha, and bananas feed the bacteria. Also include anti-inflammatory foods such as berries, apples, artichokes, avocados, kale, and spinach. Avoid sugary foods, white bread, pasta, vegetable oils, and red meat.
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