UNDERSTANDING SKIN TYPES AND CONDITIONS

There are four basic types of healthy skin: normal, dry, and oily and combination skin. Skin type is determined by genetics. The condition of our skin can, however, vary greatly according to the various internal and external factors it is exposed to.

Normal skin ‘Normal’ is a term widely used to refer to well-balanced skin: neither too oily nor too dry. Normal skin is the rarest and least problematic skin type. Normal skin: fine pores, good blood circulation, no blemishes, soft, not sensitive, and a smooth texture

Dry skin ‘Dry’ is used to describe a skin type that produces less sebum than normal skin. As a result of the lack of sebum, dry skin lacks the lipids that it needs to retain moisture and build a protective shield against external factors. More women suffer from dry skin than men and skin becomes drier as we age. Skin moisture depends on supply of water in the deeper skin layers and on sweating. Very dry skin will cause flaking, and red patches.

More women suffer from dry skin than men and skin becomes drier as we age. Skin moisture depends on supply of water in the deeper skin layers and on sweating. Very dry skin will cause flaking, and red patches.

Oily skin ‘Oily’ is used to describe a skin type with heightened sebum production. This over production is known as seborrhea. Oily skin has a glossy shine and visible pores.

Combination skin Combination skin is, as the name suggests, skin that consists of a mix of skin types. You might find T-Zone oiliness in this skin type.