Face It: What’s Your Skin Type?

February 28, 2024

People come in all sorts of shapes, colors and sizes. It’s a wonderful testament to the amazing varieties of the human race. Along with an assortment of personalities, hair textures and eye colors come categories of facial skin. 

By providing excellent dermatological care, the office of Dermatology for the Family is dedicated to helping every patient enjoy the benefits of healthy skin. We provide a comprehensive and specified program of care designed to treat each patient’s condition. What kind of skin does your face have? Let’s find out!

Normal skin isn’t too oily, overly dry or severely sensitive, and its pores are barely noticeable. Many people with normal skin boast glowing complexions. 

Oily skin has large pores, thick skin, and blemishes such as zits, blackheads and acne. The oil gives it a natural glow. The amount of oil depends on the weather and/or time of year. Heat, humidity and strong sunrays bring out the oil, while dry and cold weather makes the oil less active. Causes and aggravations include puberty, stress and hormonal imbalances. 

Dry skin is itchy, rough and firm, and it’s prone to red patches, enhanced visible lines and tiny pores. It tends to peel and crack or become prickly, irritated or inflamed. Causes and aggravations include genetics, hormonal changes, aging, harsh weather, long and hot showers and baths, and irritants in soaps, cosmetics and cleansers. 

Sensitive skin can become red, itchy, blotchy, dry and uncomfortable. If your skin isn’t inherently delicate, other reasons could make it look and feel unpleasant. Do some sleuthing to figure out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. Hint: First look at the common culprits: skincare products.

Combination skin is dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead and chin). The oily areas’ pores are larger than normal and more prone to blemishes. The two differing areas need slightly different care. 

Whichever type you have, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen; stay out of direct sunlight; wear a hat and sunglasses; stay hydrated; moisturize; use products that coincide with your skin; and never wear makeup to bed. If you need guidance, ask a dermatologist or an aesthetician.

When you want a dermatology practice that provides superior personalized care, look to Dermatology for the Family. We offer an extensive array of high-quality services for people of all ages. Call us today for an appointment.