Skin Type | Skin Condition
What is the difference between a skin type and a skin condition? Having an understanding of these 2 factors is essential for a healthy complexion.
Skin Type | A skin type can stay the same forever or may change over periods of time, such as 8-10 years or so. For your everyday skincare, maintenance and long term preventative care, it is important to understand your present skin type, not to be confused with a present skin condition, to mindfully care for your skin and understand the way internal and external factors can affect your complexion. Skin types can be balanced, regulated and are the foundation for treating your skin.
Normal | rosy, clear surface and minimal pore size.
Combination | oily z-tone, cheeks and eye area tend to be more dry.
Dry | lack of moisture, visible dryness, tight pores and skin, flaking and in more severe cases, burning and itching may occur.
Oily | thick skin, larger pores, oily surface, shiny, prone to blackheads, congestion and acne.
Sensitive | thinner skin, delicate, fair complexion, red-heads, prone to redness, blotchiness and reactivity.
Skin Conditions | We develop skin conditions over time from lifestyle habits, hormones, diet factors, product usage, sun exposure, climate, etc. Skin conditions can be treated, change and can diminish over time with correct treatment.
Dehydration | lack of water, visible fine lines, dull complexion (surface oilyness can still be present due to skin seeking hydration by producing an unbalanced excess of oil)
Congestion/Acne | breakouts, blackheads and cystic acne. Oily skin types are prone to these skin conditions but every skin type can definitely experience these conditions.
Hyper-pigmentation | sun spots commonly creep up from sun exposure and another common form of these spots are known as post-inflammatory-hyperpigmentation, dark spots left on the skin after blemishes and acne breakouts have healed.
Aging/Fine lines & Wrinkles | loss of elasticity, often found in dehydrated skin, first signs of lines and wrinkles appearing around eye and lip area.
Sensitized | not to be confused with an actual sensitive skin type, skin may become sensitized over time from incorrect product usage, harsh climate conditions, dietary intolerances, prescription drugs, as well as internal and external skin prescriptions such as retin-a, accutane, anti-biotics, steriods, etc.
By first discovering clients true skin type through a thorough skin analysis, consultation and me playing skin detective, it is much easier to discover why their skin may be suffering from certain skin conditions. From there, tailored treatments and at home skin routines (including external and internal suggestions) are created for their individual skin needs. I see clients that have been treating their skin with incorrect products all from not being sure of their actual skin type and focusing more on their condition, which is important, but type should always be assessed before condition or it can lead to a cycle of problems and more skin conditions developing over time.
By re-educating my clients on their skin type, not just present skin conditions, we are able to balance and provide the proper nourishment for their skin type. From there, skin conditions become easier to treat, much more receptive to treatment and will begin to diminish.
It is so important to look at the skin as a whole, learning when skin conditions started, how long they have been around, what makes them better or worse and how your skin has been from teenage years until now. Holistic skincare is not just about current symptoms, we treat the root of the problem, conditions are then alleviated and the best part? 99% of the time, they do not come back. The skin is very mysterious so I never say never but by understanding type vs. condition, if previous skin conditions do start to return, they usually not as intense as before, you will have a much better understanding of why they may be resurfacing and you are able to mindfully treat your and it's triggers skin during this period.
You can find many different skin type scales, charts, tests. etc. but the above information is what I have found most useful and successful in my work. Even if we have the same skin type and/or similar skin conditions, no two people have the exact same skin, that is why bespoke treatment is always best.
Practicing healthy lifestyle habits and understanding skin type vs. condition is the ultimate foundation for a healthy and balanced complexion. If you have questions and concerns about your skin type, conditions or both, you can contact me here and as always, I look forward to connecting with you.
Be well, Jen xo