What Is Your Skin Type?

Skin CareWhen it comes to effective skin care, one size does not fit all. Your skin falls into one of five different types with their own distinct sets of characteristics. Once you identify your type, specific treatment tips let you address any problems or imperfections.

The easiest way to determine your skin type is to wipe your face with a clean tissue first thing in the morning before washing it. Be sure to get samples from the “T-zone” which includes forehead, nose and chin as well as your cheeks. Examine the tissues and compare the results with these guidelines.

NORMAL

This type is exactly as it sounds. There are no traces of oil on the tissue and your skin feels smooth and supple. If you are fortunate enough to have normal skin, you will find that it ages well with a minimum of special treatment.

DRY

Dry skin will also leave no residue on the tissue, but your face will feel dry and tight. This skin type is susceptible to wrinkles and irritation due to the lack of moisture. Regular treatment with moisturizing masks and creams helps to keep your complexion hydrated.

OILY

If the tissue shows patches of greasy stains, you have oily skin. While oily skin tends to be more wrinkle-resistant, it presents a number of problems including a shiny appearance, enlarged pores and a greater likelihood of developing acne. Applying an astringent toner after cleansing can help cut down on oil.

COMBINATION

Many women have combination skin, which has areas of both dryness and oiliness. You should follow skin care treatment that applies to each particular section.

SENSITIVE

This type of skin has much in common with dry but it becomes easily irritated, which can cause bumps and itchy, reddish areas. Look for products that are specially formulated to be gentle for sensitive skin.

Our services at North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care Clinic include facials, chemical peels, filler and other treatments to benefit any skin type. Schedule an appointment for a free consultation with one of our experienced technicians.

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