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Normal Skin

Dry Skin

  • Usually blemish-free
  • Matte or glowy appearance, but not shiny
  • Pores are normal size, noticeable around the T-zone

Normal skin can fluctuate between all the skin types, but won’t differ so radically or for extended periods of time. While it is the ideal skin type, it still requires regular care to keep skin and oil production in healthy unity.

  • Rough or papery texture
  • Feels tight and looks thin
  • Small pores
  • Absorbs moisture quickly
  • Minimal oil production

Dry or alipidic skin does not produce enough sebum (oil) to protect it from environmental pollutants and the signs of aging. This skin is often sensitive as the acid mantle – the natural barrier between your skin and the outside world – is weakened.

Sensitive Skin

Combination Skin

  • Fragile, red, and appears thin
  • Flushes red easily and it’s common to have conditions that cause redness such as rosacea
  • Reacts easily to harsh skin care products such as chemical sunscreen and alpha-hydroxy acids

Sensitive skin is more common thanks to our society’s stressful idea of "normal", but it's also caused by harsh weather, sun exposure, environmental pollutants, and genetics. It is fussy, but not impossible to pamper.

  • Parts of the face can be oily while others are normal or dry
  • T-zone and chin are often the oiliest parts of the face
  • Pores are more obvious outside the T-zone
  • Skin around the edges of the face can be flaky and dehydrated

The key to balancing the oil and dryness is with gentle cleansers and regular exfoliating, to remove dead skin cells and combat acne. Regular exfoliating could mean anywhere from daily to weekly, so let your skin decide. And remember: water-based products are ideal.

Oily Skin

Acne-Prone Skin

  • Excessive oil production
  • Pores are large
  • Prone to blemishes
  • Can look sallow and thick

Oily or lipidic skin needs a balanced regime of moisturizer and cleanser. Too much cleansing will strip the acid mantle that protects skin from environmental pollutants that lead to irritation, but too little will lead to breakouts and congestion.

  • Redness and irritation
  • Red bumps that turn to whiteheads
  • Blackheads that sit below the skin
  • Painful lumps under the skin

Acne-prone skin needs to be cleansed twice daily and exfoliated regularly to remove acne-causing dead skin cells that can become trapped in the pores. Moisturizing must be done with care to not block pores.>