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You were born with one of three skin types:
Skin type is determined by how much or how little oil is produced on the skin. Your skin will always be the same type, but its condition often changes. This can cause the skin to appear to have become a different type - it hasn't.
Some conditions that cause the skin condition to change include: diet, sun damage, stress levels, hormone fluctuations, medications, and even your home skincare regimen; these all can affect how much oil is produced.
Oily skin is shiny skin. It is prone to breakouts, blackheads, and acne. One good thing about an oily skin type is that it ages better than the other skin types; the oil from the sebaceous gland keeps the skin plump - less wrinkles. The key to treating the problems of any oily skin is to control the oil production. That can be done with proper skincare products and seeing a professional skincare specialist to help deep clean, refine the large pores, extract blemishes, and help draw out the bacteria from the skin so it is healthy and clean.
Picking at blemishes can cause scarring and hyperpigmentation - so don't do it. People with oily skin type tend to be over aggressive in cleansing in an attempt to remove the excess oil, but this only stimulates the skin to produce even more oil. Let a skin care professional guide you in proper skin care. After a skin analysis, you may need more professional care from a dermatologist or doctor.
Normal/combination skin is the most common. This skin type will have some oily areas on the T-zone (forehead to the nose), drier cheek area, yet an overall smooth and even texture as well as healthy tone. This skin type also needs consistent care to maintain its normal condition.
Dry skin requires special care since it does not produce enough oil to keep the skin supple and moist. Dry skin ages faster, so the products used on the skin must address the flakiness, dullness and pre-mature wrinkling that dry skin will bring.
Dehydrated skin will be dry, but does not necessarily mean it is a dry skin type.
Acne: This condition can occur any time and on any skin type. Oily skin is more prone to acne. It is essential to use oil free products and makeup. Do not be over aggressive in the cleansing, exfoliating of the skin since it will only produce more oil. More oil…more breakouts.
Sun Damage: Remember back in the 60’s and 70’s when baby oil was the norm? Sun lamps and sun bathing for hours on end with no sun protection? Many of us are now paying the price for such short-sightedness with hyperpigmentation (dark spots), deep wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and broken capillaries. Faces2Face skincare has many facial treatments to address these conditions and help resolve these conditions that were caused years ago.
Hyperpigmentation: Hyperpigmentation, or dark spots on the skin, occurs in both women and men. Some common causes are aging, allergic reactions, cosmetic irritants, sun damage, inflammation, and acne. This condition is the most difficult to resolve and takes a commitment of up to six months to achieve the desired result. Skin lightening agents work well but need to be used consistently. The use of broad-spectrum sunscreen is important to prevent further darkening of the spots. Hyperpigmentation can be treated at the epidermal level to stop or prohibit production of melanin. The deeper dermal hyperpigmentation should be discussed with your dermatologist. Peels and lightening treatments are recommended and prove to achieve results over time.
If you easily break out in rashes and get blotchy, itchy, or stinging skin in response to products or the weather, you may have sensitized skin. If it appears to be more serious it could be rosacea, a skin disorder with facial flushing, red blotches, and inflammation which can make skin overly sensitive; so can eczema.
If your sensitized skin concerns you, see a dermatologist to rule out the possibility of the more serious disorder of the skin: rosacea.
Those with easily irritated skin should play it safe with their face. Skip products containing alcohol, beta hydroxy acids, and retinoids. Lanolin, used in many over-the-counter moisturizers to soften skin, can also cause allergic reactions; so can common preservatives that extend a product’s shelf life, such as parabens. Use products with hydrating, anti-inflammatory natural or botanical ingredients in order to calm the skin and support its barrier function. Be aware of other sources of skin irritations that include fragrances which companies use to mask the chemical smells in scented creams - it’s best to use “fragrance free” products. If you're experiencing unexplained redness, itching, or blistering, it may be time to make a change - your skin will love you for it!
All skin conditions can be addressed at Face2Face Skincare by using the healthiest natural ingredients in products formulated to bring lasting results for a lifetime.