How to Determine Your Skin Type

 How to Determine Your Skin Type

If you want a flawless. Pore less-looking face with no dry patches or oily shiny skin type, what you are after is an “intermediate”. These people have sufficient oil production to stay hydrated and supple. But enough cellular turnover that they do not look greasy very often.

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An individual would have an intermediate skin type if he or she took a close look at his or her face and noticed that there were very few visible pores on their cheeks or forehead; slightly pronounced pores around their nose and/or-sized Millie on their chin; slightly dry-feeling patches on their cheeks and/or forehead that get flaky throughout the day or in excessively dry environments.

People with this skin type only experience an oily shine when they have applied facial sunscreen, foundation, or powder. They usually do not have visible blackheads. The biggest problem faced by people in this group is dryness in colder weathers or climates; especially if they take frequent baths or showers, (this washes away natural oils).

These individuals should use a light moisturizer before applying makeup to prevent flakes from appearing when powders are applied over the dried layer of cream. A good way to fight extra oil production is using cleansing oil followed by an exfoliating toner. Stay away from “deep cleaning” products like clay masks, which strip away too much natural oil and cause the skin to produce more oil in an attempt to compensate.

Patients with an intermediate skin type may experience breakouts during warmer, greasier weather because sweat and sebum (oil) cannot escape as well through pores that are already partially blocked by the previous application of a heavy moisturizer.

For purging blemishes caused by excess sebum production, try using a cleanser containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid. This helps dissolve sebum faster so it is not backed up in your pores. In addition, antioxidants such as vitamins A and E can help prevent clogged pores before they start. 

People with intermediate skin types

They may also experience dryness in cooler or excessively windy weather. Especially if they have spent a lot of time bathing or showering. While most people would complain about having oily skin. These individuals tend to gripe about their face feeling tight and/or looking flaky. Because the water has stripped away all oils that were previously protecting their skin.

The best way to fight dryness caused by overly bathing is using a cleanser containing glycerin. One can also use an exfoliating scrub at least two days per week. To slough away dead cells that have built upon the surface of the face. Allowing better penetration of moisturizer into tender areas. Glycolic acid works well for this purpose as well.

Oily skin

is defined as having an oily sheen visible on the forehead, nose, and chin; or in severe cases, all over the face. It also tends to be shinier in people who are predisposed to acne breakouts (based on genetics). The oil production of this skin type is excessive, but their cellular turnover rate keeps it under control well enough that clogged pores are uncommon.

People with oily skin usually only experience dryness around their mouth area due to frequent licking during bouts of nervousness. This group’s biggest problem is large pores, particularly on the cheeks and/or nose, which can lead to unsightly blackheads- especially after spending time in humid weather. The best way to fight this is by using a face wash with 2% salicylic acid or 10% glycolic acid. Also, look for an exfoliating scrub that contains diatomaceous earth, which can help refine pores. 

A person with oily skin

may also experience oiliness in the T-zone (forehead and nose) during the summer months. Many people think putting a ton of powder on top of oily skin will make it feel less greasy, but this is not the case at all because most powders do not have ingredients to absorb excess oils.

The best way to make oily skin feel fresh during warmer weather is by applying alcohol-based astringents after cleansing. This will remove any surface oil without stripping away too much natural sebum, which tends to keep skin healthy and glowing.

People with oily skin should also stay away from most moisturizers

because they contain a lot of water, which will only make your face feel heavy and look greasy after a few hours. One exception is an oil-free product containing “light silicones” such as Cyclomethicone, dimethazone, or polysilicon.

These ingredients provide a protective barrier that helps control oil production by preventing water evaporation from the surface of the skin. However, you must be careful when choosing makeup products meant for individuals with oily skin because many have drying agents in them that can cause excess sebum production – not what these people need!

The best way to fight this problem is by using a mineral powder foundation that contains kaolin clay. Which helps absorb oil. Since the skin of people with oily skin tends to be more sensitive than normal. It is always a good idea to apply an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen to protect the face from sun damage.