Understanding your Skin type

It’s good to understand your own skin type. It helps build a good skin care regime & design treatment protocols.

There are several factors that guide this. Click each factor to learn more.

Oil secretion āž¢

The skin secretes a natural oil – sebum.

  • Dry skin lacks sebum and hence moisture retention/hydration. This leads to roughness, flakiness, dullness, a tight sensation, & more visible lines.
  • Oily skin produces excessive sebum that clogs pores & keeps them open, leading to pimples & their precursors (whiteheads, blackheads). The face appears shiny.
  • Combination skin is oily in the T-zone and dry elsewhere
Sensitivity āž¢

Sensitive skin is usually of the dry type & thinner around the nose. There may be an unusual sensitivity (redness & rash) to extremes of temperatures, sunlight or irritants.

Aging āž¢

Matured skin appears gradually with the advancement of age, but it’s appearance may be accelerated without proper skin care in younger years.

It appears dry (as sebum secretion reduces in later years), lax & sagged.

Level of pigment āž¢

Higher levels of pigment (melanin) allows the skin to tan easily while low levels of pigment predispose to the formation of freckles & sunburns. This helps choose the kind of sunscreen & also the energy settings for procedures done by the dermatologist.

This is a broad overview with some overlap, of course. Hope it’s helpful!

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Published by Dr. Kanya Rani Vashisht

Dermatologist by day. Dreamer by dusk.

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