About skin care for different skin types
When asked, “What’s your skin type?” many will think only briefly and assume the question refers to skin colour. There are so many shades it is virtually impossible to type them. Yes, often the colours are generalized white, black, brown and sometimes red or yellow. None of these are accurate but one. All skin colours might be universally generalized as being one shade or another of brown. No one’s skin is as white as snow, even an albino and no one’s skin is truly black, red or yellow, either.
In terms of skin care this is the wrong context of the question. Rather, it is a matter of humidity, maybe texture, and relative sensitivity. There are five basic skin types: oily, dry, combination oily/dry (also called normal), sensitive and aging (also called sun-damaged). Each skin type requires specific conditions and best practices to keep healthy.
Oily skin is just that: it looks and feels oily. Fingertips placed on dark glass or flat stainless steel will immediately have evident fingerprints. Those surfaces touched by anyone will actually leave a print, fortunate for modern crime forensics. The print residue left by oily skin will deposit a significant volume of oil in the pattern identical to the ridges and whorls on the fingers. This is due to excessive numbers of sebaceous glands which excrete oil. Oily skin ages better than other skins.
Dry skin is just the opposite. The fingerprint experiment above may leave no visible indicator at all. It feels dry and may be mildly to very itchy. This may only be relieved by a body lotion or moisturiser. Dry skin tends to exhibit fine lines and wrinkles for more readily at a younger age. It needs a frequent treatment of a good moisturising lotion.
Combination skin is a blend of the previous two; it exhibits qualities of both oily and dry skin. It is moderately susceptible to lines and wrinkles.
Sensitive skin is thin and more prone to sun damage. This skin type more readily exhibits rashes and itching. It is susceptible to allergic reaction to some cosmetics.
Aging skin is a generic skin type – it’s just aged and has particular markers all its own. There is a tendency toward dryness, many lines and deep wrinkles. It is more scaly, blotchy and sensitive to environmental conditions.
So in terms of caring for your skin, the oiliness and sensitivity are important factors to consider. If you require personalised skincare based for your specific skin type contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dermatologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.