Teen skin: How to get rid of spots by understanding your skin type

Why do you need to know your skin type?

Stop repeated breakouts and spotsIf you want to avoid repeated breakouts, a face full of spots and problem skin then you need to understand your skin type . Only then, can you choose products for your skin type and go through a trial-and-error process to see which ones actually work.

Using products that are not right for your skin type is comparable to someone treating a cold with products meant for treating warts! Also, using products suitable for your skin type reduces the likelihood of a reaction. Listed below are all of the skin types, their characteristics and top tips for beautiful radiant skin.

Characteristics of normal skin:

  • Even-textured
  • Problem-free without spots or blemishes
  • Smooth, healthy and clear

Tips for normal skin:

  • Follow a sensible skincare routine
  • Use a good quality facial wash every day and a scrub/mask once or twice a week
  • Use a light-weight, mineral oil free moisturiser at least once a day

Oily skin characteristics:

  • Greasy and shiny, especially on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin)
  • Prone to open pores, blackheads, spots and pimples
  • Dull looking and patchy

Tips for oily skin:

  • Keep it clean by using a good quality facial wash twice a day
  • Use a facial scrub two or three time a week
  • Use a mineral oil free moisturiser and powder that will leave the skin matt, once a day
  • Use a mask once a week to deep cleanse and absorb the oil, dirt and dead skin cells from the pores
  • Don’t over stimulate oily skin with harsh products or those that will over dry the skin
  • Avoid soap as it will upset the skin’s natural protective layer and make the skin worse

Dry skin characteristics:

  • Feels tight and uncomfortable, especially after shaving or bathing
  • Can peel and flake and look scaly and lined
  • Looks older as its rough, dull surface does not reflect light very effectively

Tips for dry skin:

  • Use a gentle facial cleanser that won’t dry the skin
  • Use a facial scrub only once a week to remove dead cells
  • Don’t rub the skin too hard or for too long – be gentle
  • Use a good, mineral oil free moisturizer, twice a day with an SPF 20
  • Avoid shaving foams and soap as they will dry the surface layer of the skin
  • Use sun cream or a moisturizer with SPF 20 when you are outside
  • Drink plenty of water (beer and wine don’t count!) to prevent dehydration
  • Avoid air conditioning – open the windows instead
  • Eat oily fish or take fish oil capsules daily to provide essential fatty acids

Sensitive skin characteristics:

  • Most skincare and shaving products cause a red, itchy reaction
  • Tends to go red when touched, exposed to heat, or to the sun
  • Certain foods or fragrances can trigger a rash or skin irritation
  • May have broken red veins on the cheeks and nose

Tips for sensitive skin:

  • Avoid anything containing harsh chemicals or perfume
  • Avoid soap and always try to select products designed for sensitive skin
  • Use a SPF 20 in moisturizers and sun creams even in cloudy, cooler weather
  • Patch test any new products on the inside of your wrist before using them on your face

Combination skin characteristics:

  • A combination of two or more of the above skin types
  • Oily areas are normally straight down the middle of your face, the centre of the forehead, nose and chin (T-Zone)
  • Dry areas are often the cheeks and sometimes the forehead

Tips for combination skin:

  • Don’t use products that are too harsh or that will dry your skin out
  • Avoid anything too greasy, as this will only aggravate the problem
  • Try specific products for combination skin


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