Choosing a Facial Cleanser: How to Determine Your Skin Type

What type of cleanser should you use? It depends on your skin type. Choose the right facial cleanser and get the healthy complexion you want.

Which Facial Cleanser Is Best for You?

Finding the best facial cleanser for your skin will require determining your skin type. Depending on your diet, genetics, and lifestyle, your skin type is unique to you. It should also be a huge factor when shopping around for skincare products.

So how does one determine his or her skin type? While you can always head to a dermatologist to get a professional opinion on your skin type and what products will serve you best, if you’re not wanting to shell out the cash, there are some simple ways to determine your skin type at home without having to foot a specialist’s bill.

What Are the 5 Different Skin Types?

When it comes to determining skin type, you should know that there are five: oily, dry, sensitive, combination, and normal. Most people will fall into one of these five categories, and fortunately, most skincare products cater to these five types of skin. Facial cleansers, toners, lotions, and even makeup will often come with a note on the product or in the product description stating what skin type would best be served by the product’s formula.

Cleansers for Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you likely suffer from lots of shine and breakouts. Oily skin has a tendency to put out more oil than is usually regulated by the skin, keeping it coated in a thin layer of natural oils throughout the day. Another side effect of this is large pores, which many people with oily skin have. Oil glands are particularly active for those with oily skin thanks to pore size.

If you have oily skin, you want to avoid adding moisturizing products to skin, such as lotions, as they will likely lead to breakouts. However, just because you’re not using thick creams and moisturizers doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t hydrate the skin. Many facial cleansers and skincare products provide a hydrating treatment for oily skin without adding in the unneeded excess oils.

Dry Skin Facial Cleansers

Dry skin has the opposite problem of oily skin. Instead of over-producing natural oils, dry skin doesn’t produce enough, leaving the skin appearing dull and lifeless. People with dry skin often peel quite a bit and can even get cracks in their skin because of its intense dryness.

When it comes to treating dry skin with facial cleansers and other skincare products, the best thing you can do is invest in formulas that provide lots of hydration to the skin. Avoid anything that has harsh ingredients or over-exfoliators.

Facial Cleansers for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can be hugely affected by small things, such as oils, heat, and harsh ingredients. Sensitive skin can burn easily, is prone to rosacea, and can develop rashes at a moment’s notice.

For this reason, those with sensitive skin should be particularly careful about what products they’re using on their face. Facial cleansers, toners, and lotions should all be made up of gentle formulas that won’t irritate the skin. Similarly to dry skin, products with harsh ingredients should be avoided at all costs to ensure you don’t irritate your skin to the point of a rash or burning sensation.

Combination Skin Cleansers

Combination skin is, you guessed it, a combination of any of the aforementioned skin types. Most often, combination skin is a pairing of oily and dry skin, making it difficult to treat with only one product type. What’s important to note about combination skin is that it can change throughout the year depending on the climate, stress levels, and the like.

To treat combination skin, you’ll likely want to use multiple products and apply them to different areas of the face. While this might seem like a hassle, it is the best way to ensure that your dry skin receives hydration while your oily skin doesn’t become over-moisturized.

Facial Cleansers for Normal Skin

Of course, “normal” is a subjective term, but it is often used in the skincare world to define skin that neither suffers from oiliness or dryness, but rather, puts out a healthy amount of natural oils from its pores. Normal skin, like all skin types, must be hydrated regularly and cleansed; however, this skin type tends to be the most versatile when it comes to using facial cleansers and skincare products.

Resources— Today, WebMD

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