Most people don’t think of their skin as an organ but in fact, it’s our body’s largest organ. Skin that is clogged and unhealthy is not just a beauty problem, it affects the way we feel about ourselves. Caring for your skin properly is important for your own self-image and attractiveness, but also to prevent future skin issues like scarring.

Our skin absorbs toxins and takes a beating from environmental factors every day.

The following is a general list of skin types to help you begin learning more about your best approach to personal skincare.

Normal Skin:

Has even skin tone, good elasticity and is smooth and firm to the touch. Pores are small to medium-sized. Many people who have “normal skin” in fact really have other skin types… but by carefully providing the right care and attention, most of us can attain the appearance of a normal skin tone!

Oily skin:

Is characterized by a shiny appearance. Pores may be larger and more visible and due to excess oil production, there’s more of a tendency toward pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Treatment will control the amount of oil produced and eliminate blackheads and whiteheads.

Dry Skin:

This type of skin is sensitive to hot and cold weather, and can feel tight or have visible flaking — especially after cleansing. Dry skin has a matte finish, small pores, and tends to become drier and more wrinkled with age compared with other skin types.

Many factors can cause dry skin. Sometimes it’s hereditary and occurs year-round. Some people have seasonally dry skin that occurs mostly during cold, dry winter months. Dry skin is also linked to the natural aging process.

Combination skin:

Most of us have this kind of skin, with an oily center area or a T-zone across the forehead, nose, and chin, and areas of dryness on the cheeks, and around the eyes and neck. Acne will be more active in the areas that are oily.

Sensitive Skin: A person with sensitive skin has a lot more trouble with environmental factors than the average person. Skin burns more easily in the sun, there may be frequent reactions to cosmetics and rashes or a burning sensation can even develop from weather conditions. Problem skin often accompanies this skin type as it is very reactionary.