Why Your Skin Type Matters?
According to top
dermatologists, 5 in 10 people are ignorant of their skin type and needs.
Knowing your skin type is the first step towards healthy skin care.
Our skin is exposed to
all kinds of toxins and pollutants that permeate our immediate surrounding's.
Hence, taking the time to learn about your skin's unique needs can help you
select the best solutions for achieving a more radiant and healthy skin.
You can choose the best
products and medicines that would be most beneficial for your skin. You can
also eliminate the risks of exposing your skin to products that do not match
your skin type.
Test Your Skin Type
Oily, Dry, and
Combination are the most common skin types. Here are two simple methods you can
try at home to know your skin type:
1. The Bare-Faced Test:
Cleanse your face with a
mild cleanser first. Next, gently pat dry it and allow the skin to breathe. Do
not apply any additional moisturizers, serums, or treatments.
Examine your t-zone (
chin, nose, and forehead ) for any shine after 30 minutes.
After another 30 minutes, check if your skin feels tight and
dried. Try to smile or make facial expressions to see if your skin feels
Your skin is :
● Most likely dry if it feels tight.
● Most likely a combination if there is a
significant shine on your nose and forehead.
● Most likely oily if you have shine on
your t-zone i.e. chin, nose, and forehead.
2. The Blotting Sheet Test:
This procedure is much
faster, and it's most commonly used to distinguish between oily and dry skin.
Gently pat the various parts of your face using blotting paper. Hold the sheet
up to the light and see how much oil is absorbed by the sheet.
If the sheet absorbed
next to no oil, you probably have dry skin. If oil from the forehead and nose
can be seen on the blotting sheet, your skin is a combination. Finally, if the
blotting paper is completely drenched with oil, you most certainly have oily
SKIN TYPES: Common Problems and Cure
If your skin is stripped of its natural oil and moisture, it can
feel itchy and tight throughout the day. Genetics, lifestyle and diet, cold
weather, allergies, and hormone fluctuations all contribute to dry skin.
For Dry Skin Prevention:
● Wash your face gently at least twice a
● Use moisturizers containing hyaluronic
● Use a hydrating soap that is free of
● Make use of a humidifier.
● Wear clothes that are gentle on your
Combination skin has an oily or well-moisturized T-zone (the area
around your forehead, nose, and chin). The rest of the face is usually dry.
Combination skin is characterized by dry skin spots, mild breakouts, and
dryness at the same time. During the winter season, large pores form on the
nose, chin, and forehead.
For Combination Skin Care:
● Use A Gentle Facial Cleanser
● Exfoliate every day
● Hydrate Your Skin
● Avoid over-moisturizing and stressing the
Oily skin is the result
of excess sebum released by the sebaceous glands in the skin. Sebum is
essential for healthy skin. It keeps our skin hydrated and protected.
But excess sebum leaves the skin pores congested, clogged, and prone to acne.
For Oily Skin, Follow these skin care tips:
● Wash your face twice a day
● Use blotting papers and medicated pads to
● Follow up with a toner to absorb leftover
● Apply moisturizers
● Drink lots of water
Skin Care Facts That Most People Miss
1. Cleansing: For removing dirt, excess oil, and pollutants
When choosing a cleaner, start with the mildest choice available
for a healthy skin. Your cleanser should remove dirt, debris, and
excess oil without removing the skin's natural hydration..
2. Daily Moisturising: For skin hydration and replenishment
Moisturization will protect your healthy skin against cold
and dry weather. Moisturizers are formulated with ingredients like glycerin,
petrolatum and vitamins B3 and B5 that retain the skin’s natural moisture.
Moisturizers protect your skin gains irritation and acne.
3. Applying sunscreen for protection against UV rays
The impact of
Ultraviolet ray exposure on skin is often overlooked. Sunscreen with the right
skin-type ingredients should be an essential element of everyone’s daily
skin care routine.
How to Treat Skin Problems?
How you treat your skin varies depending on the skin problem.
For a healthy skin, start by drinking a lot of water and
add a lot of fruits to your daily diet. Sleep too plays a key role in your
skin’s health, Make sure that you get a sound sleep every night. If your issues
remain unresolved, the best thing to do is consult a dermatologist.
Also, it is never wise to use skin scare products that are not
recommended by an expert. Claims made by nearly 99% of the skin-care products
are always too good to be true. So, make sure you consult an expert who can
help you out with the right solutions that best fits your skin type.
Last but not least, stress can make skin problems worse. Acne and
skin rashes, burning or itching skin, and flare-ups can be a symptoms of stress.
Consulting an expert is the best thing to do when these problems cannot be
resolved using primary over-the-counter medications.
When to See a Doctor or Dermatologist?
If you have a simple, common skin concern, you should definitely
see your primary care provider first.
Anything that affects a large area of the skin, should be evaluated
by a dermatologist as soon as possible. Moderate acne, pimples, warts, minor
rashes, bug bites, simple cysts, athlete's foot, dandruff, and mild, benign
lesions can all be treated by primary care providers.
Consult a dermatologist right away if a rash or other skin problem
covers more than 10% of your body, especially if you have a fever, joint aches,
muscle pain, difficulty swallowing, or can't sleep.
If an ulcer persists after a week or two, consult a dermatologist.
These exposed sores have the potential to become infected.
Skin Protection and Care
Prioritize your skin’s
need when using any over the counter skincare product. Read the labels and do a
patch test first.
The patch test will help you identify any possible allergic
reactions or irritation. Stop using the product immediately if you notice
any itching, redness, burning, or swelling.
Finally, never try too many products together. Try new products
one at a time. This way you will be able to identify the products that are not
best match for your skin type easily.
Treat your Skin Gently
Don't have time for a
thorough healthy skin care routine? You can still treat your skin with
care by simply following the basics. There are three key steps for
maintaining healthy skin:
1. Cleansing — Washing your face.
2. Toning — Balancing the skin.
3. Moisturizing — Hydrating and softening the skin
Easy Skin-Care for all Skin Types:
● Use a gentle daily cleanser.
● Always wear sunscreen
● Exfoliate occasionally
● Always wear sunscreen
● Stay hydrated.
● Don't overthink it
Avoid these DIY Skincare Hacks
● Lemon juice: It is far
too acidic and can cause dark spots, dryness, and irritation.
● Baking soda: Baking
soda, with a pH of 8, will stress your skin and lead to dryness.
● Toothpaste: Garlic can
induce skin allergies, skin irritation, and watery blisters when eaten raw.
Is Steaming your Face Good?
Steaming your face is no doubt a great way to pamper your skin.
However, it should never be done daily. The many benefits of steaming your face regularly include:
● Hydrates the skin
● Increase the effectiveness of beauty
products and therapy
● Release bacteria and impurities
● Deeply cleanses your skin
● And removes toxins
Healthy skin is similar to a
beautiful smile. It makes you stand out and creates a great first impression.
Unresolved or ignored skin problems not only detract from your
beauty, but they can also be harmful to your health, such as acne breakouts and
painful fissures. A good skincare routine makes us look younger, more
confident, and healthier.
Do you want to learn about the best healthy skin care
routine for your skin type? Fill out this form right now to speak with the best dermatologists in your area.