The 411 on Skin Type vs Skin Concern

We all know skin can be complicated, which is why some of us resort to a 27 step skin care routine to solve it all. Between our lifestyle, diet, and environmental factors, it can be really hard to figure out why your skin might have dry patches, hormonal breakouts, or uneven skin tone that you just can't seem to get rid of!

We're here to help you understand the difference between skin type and skin concern, because both can have an overall impact on your skin's health. By knowing how to care for them both on a regular basis, it will help you reach that daily glow, which is what we want for you!

What determines your skin type?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there are 5 main skin types:

  • oily

  • dry

  • combination

  • normal

  • sensitive

NYC dermatologist Michele Green says "skin type is simply the characteristics of your skin such as your skin color and how your skin reacts to products and treatments". In addition to the 5 skin types, the Fitzpatrick scale measures them on a scale from 1-6.

Skin is largely determined by genetics - an example would be if your skin was genetically predisposed to be more oily, or perhaps oily and dry in certain areas, or you may have a weaker skin barrier (e.g sensitive skin). Understanding your skin type is very important in determining what type of products you will be using in your skin care routine in order to get the results that you want without harming the skin.

What are skin conditions?

Skin concerns can be likened to an adder layer to your skin type. Some common skin concerns are acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, eczema, enlarged pores, and dull skin. Although some skin concerns can be tied to the skin type you have - such as oily skin and acne or dry skin and eczema - skin concerns are fair game for all skin types, according to Dr. Green.

An example of this would be if you have oily skin with dry patches in certain areas. If you're only addressing your oily skin by using mattifying or oil absorbing products, that can make your skin concerns worse - which is why its important to find a balance between the two and address them both.

What's the difference?

Since skin types are mostly genetic, there's not much you can do to change that. However, you can address skin concerns by using products with ingredients that target those concerns. Since there can be multiple factors that affect skin concerns, Dr. Green recommends to "check in with your skin daily and see what it needs, and to adjust your skincare routine accordingly".

Our products can accommodate a range of skin types and concerns, and they're designed to not irritate or inflame the skin. Building a skin care wardrobe - a collection of skin care products that you can choose from to care for your skin - will go a long way in making sure your skin stays balanced and healthy.

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