Your Guide to the 3 Skin Types
There are 3 skin types – normal, dry and oily. The type of skin you have is determined by the amount of sebum your skin produces. Sebum is an oil that moisturizes your skin, so if you have oily or acne-prone skin for example, this means that your body produces more sebum than someone with drier skin would. Your hair conditioner can also affect how well your scalp regulates oil production which will then result in different levels of sebum on the surface of the scalp. Cosmetic manufacturers Melbourne offer a wide range of products for every skin type.
Normal Skin: Normal-skinned people generally produce enough oil to keep their face moist but not too much to cause breakouts or excess shine without using makeup products like primers and foundations; they almost never need to exfoliate.
Dry Skin: People with dry skin usually don’t produce enough sebum, which can make their skin feel tight and irritated. Dry skin is also more prone to wrinkles and age spots because it doesn’t have natural protection against the sun’s UV rays.
Oily Skin: Oily-skinned people often have overactive sebaceous glands that secrete too much oil, which leads to blackheads, whiteheads and acne breakouts. Excess oil on the surface of the skin can also cause your makeup to wear off faster.
If you’re not sure what type of skin you have, there are a few ways to find out: Look at your forehead, nose and chin – if both your forehead and nose are shiny but you don’t get oily in the middle of your face, then you have combination skin.
Place a tissue on your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) for an hour – if it’s wet with oil by that time, then this is where you have most likely seen excess sebum production.
You might also be able to determine what kind of skin type you have based on any previous acne problems. People who had lots of blackheads tend to have oily or combination skin types because their pores are wider than average so more oil can accumulate there. Those with dry or sensitive skin rarely suffer from blackheads because less oil accumulates between each pore opening due to smaller size.
If you’re still unsure, the best way to determine your skin type is with a consultation at a dermatologist’s office or doctor – they can perform an accurate sebum test that will reveal everything you need to know about how oily or dry your skin really is. They may also give you great tips on what exactly causes breakouts and acne in each case so you’ll know for sure if it’s something related to diet, stress levels etc.; this could help determine whether antibiotics are needed (or not).