Types of skin

Types of skin
We have three types of skin
• Dry
• Oily
• Normal/combination
Dry skin
Those with dry skin don’t need worry about acne except for the occasional stray that appears from hormonal changes. Dry skin looks dull and flaky; it can also emphasize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Age and environment are two main factors that contribute to this skin type. Over time the sebaceous glands within the dermis layer slow their production of serum, the body’s natural moisturizer. The skin’s ability to retain moisture also lessens as we grow older. This is caused by the breakdown of intracellular matrix, the collagen and elastin layer that helps hold tissue together. When this layer begin to break apart it becomes more difficult for skin to hold moisture. As moisture escapes, the skin becomes drier. Other causes of dry skin includes climates that are windy and dry, use of harsh soaps, too much unprotected exposure to sun’s damaging rays, genetics also play a role. Visible indicators of dry skin are a skin that flakes easily.
Oily skin
Oil production is completely natural and is as a result of the sebaceous gland located in the dermis or middle layer of skin. These natural oils help skin moist and supple. But for some, the sebaceous glands produce too much oil leading to an oily skin. Most teenagers have an oily skin because this is the time when hormone production is in full swing. But if you have passed your ten years there are other ways of determining whether or not you have an oily skin. Start by looking in the mirror, do you notice a sheen on your skin especially your T zone? The T zone starts at the point between your eyes and extends vertically down along your nose all the way to the chin. You may or may not notice the sheen during the day, so check again first thing after waking up. You can also take a look at your hair, if its oily it’s another indication that you have an oily skin, also if you wear makeup and find it fades or wears off after a couple of hours, that’s yet another indication, the presence of blemishes is another good indication.
Normal/combination skin
This means a skin that is not completely oily, dry or normal instead it’s a combination that is characterized as normal and oily skin or skin that is oily and dry. The commonality in either type of combination skin is the presence of oily areas, so you have to be careful not to further aggravate these areas. Usually its areas with highest concentration of oil producing glands the face, chest, shoulders and the back that are the oiliest. Other body parts have fewer oil glands which is why they are either oily or dry. You can know if you have a combination skin just by looking at it, the areas that appear shiny will be more prone to acne. Makeup and other cosmetics usually won’t last long through an entire day without re-application or the face being primed.

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