When I posted about dry skin yesterday, your responses made me realize that I needed to discuss skin types with you. Your skin type can be dry, normal, combo, sensitive, or oily. Barring sweeping hormonal changes like those associated with transitioning, menopause, hysterectomy, aging, etc., or you taking a medication with skin side effects, your skin remains that skin type. However, you may experience spot issues that do not normally go with your skin type from time to time. That does NOT mean your skin type has changed. Treating spot issues as if your entire skin is different will only make the situation worse.
As an example, let’s talk about dry skin (I have it, so it’s the easiest to discuss, lol). Dry skin has nearly invisible pores, it may have a dull, rough appearance, and may have rough, red patches. It is less elastic and soft than other skin types, and wrinkles very easily. This is the description of dry skin as a skin type. Treating this skin type requires products that provide hydration to the skin, and also ingredients that are occlusive, in order to prevent transepidermal water loss. Putting heavy, occlusive products on another skin type will not help relieve your temporary dryness, it will just break you out. Similarly, if you have dry skin, you may get a blemish now and then. If you treat a pimple or two as if your skin has suddenly switched from dry to oily, you are going to damage your skin by using oily skin products on it. This will lead to more dryness, sensitivity, and will age your skin prematurely. You simply need to spot treat the blemishes with a Zit Zapper and continue your regimen for dry skin.
Let’s talk about oily skin. Oily skin is characterized by large pores, blackheads, pimples, cysts, etc., as wells as a dull, shiny complexion. This is oily skin as a skin type. MANY of you with oily skin tend to nuke it with stupidly harsh anti-acne products, then, when they dry your skin out, you start buying products for dry skin. STOP DOING THIS, GDAMMIT. First, calm the f**k down with your products so you don’t strip your skin, but if you do, STOP USING DRY SKIN PRODUCTS FFS. Your skin type is still oily, so when you load your skin up with heavy, occlusive dry skin products, you will overwhelm your skin and cause breakouts. Then you nuke the breakouts again, causing dryness, and around and around we go. If you have dried out your oily skin, first, throw away your fucking acne wash and oil-free moisturizer and do not exfoliate until it’s better. You need to moisturize, but you need to do it in a way that won’t be too much for your skin. You want to use a product like my Barrier Repair Serum that has fast-absorbing oils like jojoba and grapeseed, and has non-oil moisturizers like ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Avoid silicones and heavy oils and butters. And remember, every single time you nuke your oily skin to dryness, you are aging your skin. Want wrinkles and saggy skin at 35? Keep on stripping and over-moisturizing and stripping your skin again.
Finally, lets talk about dry patches of skin. Regardless of skin type, everyone can occasionally have random dry, scaly patches pop up. If they are resistant to moisturizing and/or exfoliating, the patches are most likely inflammation. Inflammation on skin presents as dry, scaly, sometimes red patches. A patch of inflammation does not mean your entire skin type has changed. You want to spot-treat the patch with anti-inflammatory products. If you have an aloe plant at home, cut off a chunk and slap the goo on your dry spot, or try green or white tea or even oatmeal or cucumber on the spot. Or you can use my Skin Zen products. Once you reduce the inflammation, the dry spot will go away.
What I’m trying to explain is that if a weird skin thing happens, start by spot-treating it, not by treating your whole face and neck like it has completely changed. Unless you are experiencing hormonal upheaval, your skin type is not different. Stay in your skin type lane when choosing products. It will make your skin situation sooooooo much better. #themoreyouknow