Skin Types

What is Your Facial Skin Type?

According to Susan Van Dyke, MD, a dermatologist with Van Dyke Laser, say that there are 4 types of skin: normal, oily, dry, and combination. However, your skin type may change as you age. Genetics and even illness can also play a part.

Skin Care: Caring Normal Skin
Normal skin has a good balance of moisture, small pores and an even tone. To maintain its good condition, it is important to minimize to the sun exposure. A facial sunscreen with 30 SPF is an ideal for preventing wrinkles and sun damage. Here is the recommendation on how to treat normal skin:

Skin Care: Quieting Oily Skin
Oily skin is recognized by an excess of oil on your face. People with oily skin start to feel greasy after a few hours of cleansing. “A very oily person would feel the need to wash their face between noon and 5 p.m., because oil has built up during the day,” Van Dyke says. All of the oil mostly glands on your “T-zone”: the forehead, nose, and chin. Oily skin type does not need a moisturizer, but sunscreen. “Choose an oil-free sunscreen that is specifically formulated for the face and is less likely to create blackheads and clog pores,” suggests Van Dyke. Here is the recommendation on how to treat oily skin:

Skin Care: Soothing Dry Skin
Dry skin suffers from a lack of natural moisture. People with dry skin normally feel tightness on their face, and their skin is often irritated, itchy and painful. To take care of dry skin, use a gentle, soap-free cleanser, and moisturizer. Moisturizer shall apply twice a day. Here is the recommendation on how to treat dry skin:

Skin Care: Balancing Combination Skin
Combination skin is a mixture of both oily and dry skin. People with combination skin usually feel greasy on the T-zone, while their cheeks remain dry. Sometimes a variety of products are needed to treat combination skin. For instance, a cleanser and moisturizer may be needed on the cheeks, while an anti-acne product might be necessary on the T-zone. Here is the recommendation on how to treat combination skin: