There are five main types of skin: dry, oily, combination, normal, and sensitive.
Truthfully, though your face may be mostly one–a lot of skin types are various forms of combination or depend even on weather.
Face mapping is a popular way to put breaking up your face into sections and treating them individually. There are a lot of theories on how certain parts of your face having skin issues is relative to diet or internal reasons.
I’m not about that life. Certainly to eat healthier has a lot of good effects on skin, but I wouldn’t say eat less chocolate for an instantly better jawline. Nor am I going to be that much of a hypocrite when I have the diet of a 4 year old. I’m into thoroughly changing your skin through external products. Fixes you can buy and methods you can live by.
What I use face mapping for is for understanding how to treat. If your nose produces a lot of sebum, that where to focus your sebum fighting products. If you have large pores on your cheeks, that’s where you focus your pore refinement.
It’s through your personal face map that you can start off with figuring out your general skin type. From there, you can then work on spot treatments for sectional issues.
A dry skin type will not feel oil and instead have dry patches in areas. In the winter, there can even be constant burning sensations due to tiny cracks in the skin. Dry skin tends to get irritated rather easily and needs constant nourishment.
An oily skin type will feel oily everywhere. Even the slightest bit of sweat or hair rubbing across the face will usually lead to some type of blemish. In the summer, it’s particularly bad and constant. Oily skin isn’t usually just with the face, but sometimes the neck and even back as well.
A normal skin type feels neither oily nor dry, but can still suffer either on ocassion. These are the luckier types and what other skin types tend to strive for. It’s work but over time the more you treat your skin, the better it gets. It doesn’t revert unless you do, and once your get a significant stride away–it won’t even if you work a little less.
A combination skin type feels oily in the T-zone (areas 1, 2, 3, 7, 12, and 12a) and dry or normal otherwise. It usually needs several different products focused on balance so neither is too dried out or oily.
A sensitive skin type is exactly as it sounds. This is mostly normal, but reacts quite readily to environment and ingredients in products. In the same way you can have allergies or be allergic to practically everything, skin sensitivities vary.
Knowing what you’re sensitive to is really important. There is no point in suffering for nothing. If something feels bad, just stop and rinse off.
I personally have reactions to products with these 3 ingredients so far. It burns and tingles in the worst way and I last about two minutes if a sheet mask, and suffer with redness if a cleanser. Personal Disclosure: Soothing my ass.