To a skin therapist knowing the difference between a Skin Type and a Skin Condition is so basic. More often than not, this information gets lost in the therapist subconscious and we automatically evaluate or Face Map a client using this knowledge of type/condition without really explaining to the client what it is. Sometimes the client’s walk away feeling that they are one and the same.
So lets talk about what is a Skin Type. When your sitting at a Skin Bar or being Face Mapped a question that will come up is “what time of day does your skin get oily”. This is one way to determine what Type your skin is based on your oil production during the day. Skin Types are: Oily, Dry, Combo, Sensitive, and the Fitzpatrick scale.
So if you wash your face in the morning and before you walk out the door to work your already feeling oily, surprise! You’re and Oily Skin Type. Maybe you don’t experience excess oil until around lunch time, and maybe its just on your nose, chin and forehead, then you might be Combination Skin Type. No oil at all? Then you are a Dry Skin Type. This all sounds basic right? (We will cover Sensitive skin, and the Fitzpatrick scale in later blogs so stay tuned).
Now a Skin Condition is, in general, treatable disorders of the skin that are usually, not always, connected to your skin type or environmental damage. So oily Skin Type my have an Acne Skin Condition, or a Dry Skin Type could have a Dehydrated Skin Condition. That also means that aging skin is a Condition and not a Type because aging is heavily determined on sun and other environmental exposure.
This simple info will help you navigate through and discover not only the right products for your Skin Type, but also the right treatment for your skin. An Oily Skin Type will not benefit from a full facial massage as much as a Dry Skin Type. Massage is deeply stimulating to the skin, which can lead to oil production in the skin. Great if your skin is dry and in need of that kind of stimulus, but for an Oily Skin Type no so much. A pressure point Touch therapy would be better, or no massage at all.
So if you’re still trying to figure out you Skin Type from your Skin Condition, come in and get Face Mapped by a licensed skin therapist and play around at the Skin Bar that’s what we are here for; to be your professional skincare coach and to make sure your are doing things that are right for your Skin Type, and get on a mission to fix that Skin Condition.
Wash Your Face!
Geordie MacDiarmid is a licensed skin therapist, and owner of Ego Mechanix, and Est. with over 20 years experience in the skin care industry