Determining Skin Type
There are 4 skin types:
Everyone has normal skin until puberty
when hormones create changes. Some people change very little after puberty
and experience no major problems - these are classified as having NORMAL skin,
even if you notice a tendency toward oily or dry skin.
There are also 5 main conditions which can
happen to any skin type. They are: dehydration, loss of elasticity,
wrinkles or expression lines, sensitivity and breakouts.
To determine the other types of skin you
refer to the visibility of the pores.
Pore and Pore Size
Although we speak of large pores
representing an oily ski and small pores representing dry skin, listed below are
guidelines which should be used to determine skin type:
- When determining skin type, always view
the skin from 30 cm (12") away. If you are looking in a mirror
the distance is half (15 cm).
- No longer think in terms of large pores
- the more accurate term is the visible pore.
- Realize that every skin type should
have some visible pores.
- If you have visible pores all over your
face (centre of face, chin, sides of face), you would be safe in classifying
your skin as OILY.
- If you have visible pores only in the
centre of your face (forehead, nose, chin), most likely you would be
classified as NORMAL skin. It is normal to have visible pores in these
areas (also known as COMBINATION skin).
- If there are few visible pores on the
sides of the nose only, and a few on the chin, you would be classified as
- Another reason for enlarged pores is a
buildup of sebum that swells the rim of the pore. The cleansing system
will help reduce enlarged pores.
Conditions of the skin
There are 5 main conditions, applicable to
any skin type:
- Dehydration - crisscross under cheek,
- Loss of elasticity - press into soft
area below cheek
- Wrinkles or expression lines
- Sensitivity - pinch between brows,
- Breakout (acne or cyst)
What are you looking for and
what do you see?
- Look to see visible pores. This
will help determine the biological skin type.
- Shine and location of shine.
- Expression lines; intense or light.
- Elasticity, or lack of.
- Crisscross dehydration lines
- Blackheads or bumps such as whiteheads,
- Texture, flaking or coarse skin.
- Reactions to different outside elements
such as soap, astringent, cold, sun, medication, which represent
- What you feel your needs are?
- Longevity of makeup on the skin.