Dr. Chandler recently sat down for an interview with WBTV to talk about skincare. Most specifically, she wanted to focus on learning about your skin type and identifying the kind of skin you have.
Having a better understanding of your skin makes it that much easier to select the right skincare products. It may also help you perform necessary adjustments to your diet or even your beauty routine. Dr. Chandler helped simplify the process of learning about your skin as she talked about how to learn your skin type. With her interview on WBTV, you can learn exactly how to do this yourself.
The Best Way For How To Learn Your Skin Type
The best way to figure out what kind of skin you have, as Dr. Ashley Chandler discusses, is to have a comprehensive skin type analysis performed by a professional. It might be pretty easy for a select few to figure out the exact sort of skin they have. They know what products work, and they never have any issues with purchasing skincare products that cause breakouts, rashes, or failure to work when the seasons change. This is a lucky small percentage of people. For the vast majority, comprehensive skin type analysis is essential.
What Happens During a Comprehensive Skin Type Analysis
This isn’t simply done by a doctor looking over your skin with a microscope. It’s far more complex than that. What is performed is a special machine that will examine and analyze your skin. The analysis will concentrate on your pores, including the size of your pores. It will look at the level of sun damage you have sustained (and other kinds of damage your skin might be displaying).
It will factor in the type of blemishes you have, wrinkles, the kind of pigment your skin has, as well as the overall level of hydration of your skin. The machine can create a specific skin type analysis unique to just you with all of this combined. Because, after all, things are never as easy as having “oily” skin or having “dry” skin. There are many other factors involved with this, and there are many levels to address when you want to correct the problem areas of your skin.
Suffering From Various Skin Types
Perhaps you go through the analysis, and you discover you have dry skin. Typically, someone with dry skin will have a rough complexion, which means it isn’t smooth and even. There might be splotches or discoloration in various areas of the skin. The fine lines and wrinkles will be greater and more pronounced, and you might be more prone to redness, irritation, and even scaling or flaking.
If you have oily skin, your pores will be visibly larger. For some, it is not possible to see pores unless looking up close. However, for others, the pores are far more pronounced. The larger pores are genetic, and there isn’t much that can be done about the size of the pores. These pores will produce more oil, which leads to acne and blemishes. If you suffer from oily skin, you might find yourself fighting a never-ending battle of blackheads on your nose because the pores keep producing oil, and the surface oil continually turns black upon oxygenation.
If you have combination skin, you’re in the majority. Most people have some combination of oily and dry skin, based on the outdoor elements or even what you consume. Your entire skin might change seasonally, or you might find certain areas of your skin are oily and other areas are dry. This can be frustrating because you’ll find one particular product works great in certain areas and not great in others.
Lastly, if you have found yourself to have damaged skin, Dr. Chandler says you’ll likely have brown spots or an uneven skin tone. This can be due to UV damage, dating back to when you were a child. For damaged skin, while there are some skincare products out there that can help, the best approach is a multi-prong approach to treating your damaged skin. This can include everything from topical products you used to combat the problem areas and some more comprehensive treatments to help.
What are the Different Skin Types?
In general, your skin type is broken down into one of four different categories. These categories include dry skin, oily skin, combination skin (so it might change from dry to oily based on the weather or other external elements), or you might have uneven/sun-damaged skin. For some, it might be rather obvious as to the group you fall under. And yet, for others, as Dr. Chandler points out on WBTV, it can be a bit more of a challenge to pinpoint exactly the kind of skin type you are because it may jump from one to another on any given day.
Further Skincare Is A Phone Call Away
Once you have a firmer grasp on how to learn your skin type, it does become easier to pinpoint products that might be causing breakouts, redness, splotches, or that simply may not be delivering the kind of results you’d like. With this information in mind, you can now alter some of your skincare routines to better select what will accommodate your skin and help improve your overall appearance. Of course, skincare is so much more than what you put into your body and the topical products you use for any given day.
You may choose to target problem areas with a more direct approach through injectables and other treatments. If you’re interested in learning more about what kind of treatments and services are available to you and your skin type, our team here at The Skin Center By CPS is here to help. Give us a call and schedule an appointment today.