Skin Type vs Skin Condition
There are 4 general categories when it comes to skin type.
This skin type has a good balance of moisture & sebum production, very few breakouts or clogged areas.
Dry Skin Type
Dry skin lacks sebum production has a higher sensitivity, prone to fine lines and wrinkles, can be thin and delicate.
Oily Skin Type
has an excess of sebum production, looks thick and shiny, is prone to breakouts but is less likely to show fine lines and wrinkles.
Combination Skin Type
known as the most common skin type due to its ease to place people in, it's not actually as common as we have been led to believe. It's said to be a skin type with areas that are both oily and dry. In reality, it can be the "I don't know your type" category.
Skin conditions affect our body but are generally temporary and caused by our environment, overuse of unnecessary products or use of improper products. There are many different conditions, listed below are just a few.
There is a difference between Acneic Skin and experiencing congestion or breakouts. This is skin presenting a regular combination of whiteheads, blackheads, papules and pustules.
Sensitive skin is generally an indication of a broken-down skin barrier and is a common skin condition amongst all skin types and ages. Those in need of a regime targeted to sensitivity may be experiencing redness, stinging, and irritation to the wind, pollution, UV rays, cold and stress. Fragile skin may be red, tight, itchy, and marks easily.
Unlike dry skin, which is lacking good sebum (oil) production, dehydrated skin is lacking moisture (water). It has superficial dryness, flakiness. Even those with an oily skin type can have a dehydrated condition.
Displaying dilated capillaries, usually around the nose or on the cheeks. Often a result of trauma to the skin or from the use of harsh products. This condition is sensitive to extreme temperatures, harsh products and chemicals.
This is a vascular disorder that displays dilated capillaries, flushed redness and small red bumps. Generally occurs between ages 30-40 and can be aggravated by alcohol, spicy foods, stress and extreme temperatures.
Loose, thin, crepe-like skin. Has apparent fine lines, wrinkles, lacking firmness or elasticity.
Nobody ever has just one thing going on with their skin. We all have our skin type and then various skin conditions. Understanding the difference will help you to choose the best skincare for healthy skin and help you to know where to start.
This can all still be very overwhelming, which is were skincare techs come into help. We can assess your skin, provide recommendations, treatment plans, be a support system for when things go wrong and your cheerleader for when things go right.
- Work on anything inflammatory-related first, inflammation generally makes other conditions worse.
- Make sure your skin is properly hydrated, if it is not your skincare doesn't effectively work.
- Once inflammation and hydration are in their place, now work on the rest; anti-ageing, acne, pigmentation, etc.