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Knowing Your Skin Type: Normal, Combination, Oily, Dry, Sensitive

Knowing Your Skin Type: Normal, Combination, Oily, Dry, Sensitive

The market is saturated with items targeted for dry, oily, combination, and sensitive skin without any clear indication on how to tell what type of skin you have. Due to environmental and dietary factors, your skin may actually change over time. A person may find that their skin type changes depending on if there are in a dry climate vs. a humid climate.These factors can make it difficult to tell what your correct skin type is.

Oily and Combination Skin
The first thing on your face you want to look at when trying to figure out your skin type is your pores. The bigger your pores are, the more oil they secrete. If you notice your make up coming off or notice a film of shiny oil develop on your face throughout the day, your skin type may be oily.

The critical difference between combination and oily types is that combination skin only gets oily in certain areas of the face. It is common for people with combination skin to have oily noses, foreheads, and the chin; this area is known as the t-zone.

Dry Skin
The number one sign of having dry skin is flakiness and dullness. The skin's oily barrier protects the top layers, and if your skin is dry, those top layers can be easily damaged. People with dry skin tend to have signs of aging faster and have more irritation. As we get older, our oil glands become less active and contribute to aging on the face.

Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin is prone to inflammation, and people with this skin type are more likely to have rosacea, acne, and other forms of dermatitis. Individuals with sensitive skin may find that they often experience irritation or a burning sensation to certain skincare products.

Normal Skin 
Normal skin is just well hydrated and healthy; skin is balanced, not too oily or too dry in areas. Breakouts are minimal, pores are not very visible, and there is an overall even complexion.

Understanding your skin type allows you to understand what skincare products and treatments your skin needs. If you are still unsure about what skin type you have, visit us at the Medical Aesthetic Center in New Jersey for a consultation to discuss your skin type and the best skincare products and treatments for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.