What Skin Type do I have and What Should I Do About It?

Posted by Aaron Nadler on

The best routine for taking care of your skin really depends on the type of skin you have.

Skin types change over time, and the cleansing routine that worked for you yesterday might not be the best one today.

But don’t worry!

Below, we’ve outlined the 5 overarching skin types, how to recognise them and some easy tips for keeping that money maker irritation, blemish and break out free.

… and by money maker, we mean your face.

The 5 Different Skin Types: Which Type are You?

1. Normal

In regard to skin types, ’normal’ lives in the Goldilocks zone - it’s not too oily, not too dry.

Guys with normal skin general don’t suffer badly from blemishes or outbakes as other skin types do.

However, normal skin, like all skin types, can change overtime and certain life stages can shift you into a new skin type completely. 

Generally, normal skin doesn’t require the same level of maintenance as other skin types. But, this doesn’t mean you can neglect it.

Stick to a general skin cleansing routine, choosing products that won’t overly dry out the skin or leave it too greasy.

2. Oily

Oily skin is often associated with glossy faced teenagers, acne and junk food.

However, this sheen is actually caused by excess sebum secretion: the oil produced by our bodies to protect the skin and keep it hydrated.

Fluctuations in hormone levels stimulate androgen production (sex hormones), which result in more sebum being produced and opening of the pours.

Open pours have an increased chance of blockage, as dirt and other unwanted elements penetrate the barrier causing acne, blackheads and unsightly white heads…

… it’s like being a squeaky voiced teenager all over again!

Most guys think they have to dry out their oily skin, however, you’re dealing with the body here, and the body has its own ideas.

When your body notices that your skin has suddenly dried out, it works double time to replace the oil you’ve removed – and then some!

Instead, gently exfoliate your skin with a mild exfoliator - cleaning the pours and removing any dirt and dead skin that may cause blockages. 

3. Dry Skin

It’s important that if you have dry skin, you stay well away from harsh skin care products, especially those containing alcohol or benzoyl peroxide.

Always moisturise your skin after cleansing to promote hydration after your natural sebum has been cleaned away.

Guys with dry skin should reduce shower time and also the heat of the water.

Hot water is known for removing sebum from the skin’s surface, leaving it exposed and dry for longer periods of time.

In short, be more efficient when your shower and quit daydreaming while you’re in there.

4. Combination Skin

Just like the name suggests, combination skin is, well, a combination of skin types – specifically dry and oily skin.

If you don’t know whether you have oily or dry skin, because you experience symptoms of both, then it’s safe to say you qualify for the combination.

Generally, this skin type will experience oily skin on the T-zone of the face (forehead, bridge and tip of the nose and chin), while at the same time dryness in areas like the cheeks.

For combination skin, you’ll want to use a gentle exfoliator, focusing mainly in the T-zone area of the face to remove impurities, without causing further dryness to the non-oily areas.

5. Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin types are definitely the trickiest of the five, as it’s common to experience traits associated with both oily and dry skin but with a higher risk of irritation.

Sensitive skin types are often susceptible to a number of irritants including environmental allergens and harsh chemicals found in certain skin care and household products.

Guys with sensitive skin should avoid products containing alcohol, antibacterial ingredients, retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acids.

Look for products that have fewer ingredients listed on the labels and that are free from any kind of added fragrance.

Wash with a soap free cleanser and ensure you follow up with an appropriate moisturiser for sensitive skin to help prevent drying out or further irritations.

For a wide selection of men’s skin care products, suitable for all skin types, be sure to check out our Solander and banks online store today!

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