Truth is before attending aesthetics school, I had no proper skincare knowledge so I wasn’t surprise when I didn’t even know how to identify my skin type.
I was blind to the dangerous that misdiagnosing my skin type could cause but the good news is that you’re not alone, trust me, I’ve been there.
I dreamed of flawless skin and simply expected it but like in every aspect of life I knew the hard work I would have to commit to for clear skin.
Acne is a condition of the skin that affects adolescents, as well as, young adults and it can persist into adulthood.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 85% of people between 12 and 24 experience at least minor acne.
Meaning, most of us aren’t blessed with clear skin and actually have to work for it; which was my case.
I had to learn about the different types of skin there are, to identify mine and get my skin looking nice and glowy.
If you want to learn how to identify your skin type, keep on reading!
Nothing Worth It Comes Easy
Ever since I can remember, I wanted clear skin.
Sadly, no matter how many dermatologists I went to, none of them helped me which was frustrating.
I used all the skin care products and took all the medicines prescribed (I even took Accutane for a while, which I wouldn’t recommend) but it only worked for a couple of months.
Once I stopped taking it, some of the acne, as well as, the blackhead and whiteheads came back.
I’m not saying it didn’t help me, it did, but consuming the pill comes with a price.
You can read about the long term side effects of Accutane here in more detail.
If I had known, I wouldn’t have taken it because I was young, desperate and just wanted fast results.
Taking Matters Into My Own Hands
The summer after my graduation, I traveled to Lebanon and while I was there, I broke out horribly and it made me feel embarrassed.
Specially because a few people kept bringing it up as If I hadn’t tried to find a solution.
I couldn’t take it anymore, it was the last staw, so I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Then in January of 2017, I started attending aesthetics school and it was just like I imaged, it not only helped me a lot but I LOVED it.
It was then, that I was taught how to identify your skin type and understood its importance, there are different types of skin and each is in need of a different routine, method, products and procedure.
I have to highlight that being an aesthetician was always a dream of mine, so don’t just apply to be an aesthetician, if you don’t love it because it’s not for everyone.
One of the many reasons, I decided to start my skin care blog is to help guide people and provide correct, as well as, useful information about everything skincare related.
Where To Start
When I first dived into the skin care world, I didn’t know where to start which lead to frustration.
There was so much information, in so many different directions that I became overwhelmed.
If I could boil it down, to take good care of your skin, you must first:
- Have an understanding of your skin.
- Identify your skin type.
Different skin types use different skincare products, for instance, dry skin doesn’t use the same skin care products as oily skin does.
If you use wrong skin care products because you misidentify your skin type, you could aggravate your skin which could lead to irritation, cause an overproduction of oil, cause breakouts or even dry your skin out excessively.
Understand Your Skin (Basic Info)
The integumentary system, also known as the skin, is made up of three important layers:
- The epidermis: skins first layer and composed of five layers which are essentially dead.
- The dermis: skins second layer, which is composed of two layers, here is where the blood vessels and nerves are found.
- The hipodermis/subcutaneous layer: skins last layer, fat is stored here.
Each of this layers serve a purpose and should be taken care of, to read more about the skin, I’ve written an easy guide to help you understand the skin more in depth.
Our skin reflects our inner health which provides an insight into how healthy we are and each zone represents a specific health concern.
This is reason why we should always pay attention to your skin and the way it reacts because our skin reflects what’g going on inside our bodies.
Being able to identify your skin type will guide and help you undertstand whenever you’re suffering from more than a skin condition to perhaps a health concern.
Skin Type vs. Skin Conditions
These two terms can often be confused but it’s important to understand the difference between them when it comes to skincare.
A skin type is pre-determined by genes, it affect your basic skin care needs.
A skin condition is determined by internal and external factors which are temporary.
Identify Your Skin Type
Skin types are assigned when you are born, it’s in your genetic makeup. To be able to identify your skin type, you need to know how many, as well as, which ones there are.
There are 5 different skin types which are:
How to Identify: if your skin is not to dry nor to oily, well-balanced t-zone, slight oily shine and rare breakouts or flakiness, you have normal skin.
What to Avoid: this skin type shows early signs of aging so incoporporate hydrating and anti-aging skin care products into your routine. It’s never too early to start using anti-aging products, after the age of 21 collagen production decreases by 1% each year.
How to Identify: if your skin overly produces oil which clogs and congests pores all throughout the skin, it’s shiny looking, feels greasy and prone to breakouts and blemishes, you have oily skin.