Oily, Sensitive, Non-Pigmented Skin Tone, Tight-Compact Skin
“My skin is oily and sensitive but luckily I do not have an issue with wrinkles yet. I need help finding products that will soothe my irritated skin. I am tired of wasting money on products that do not work.”
This skin type is characterized by oiliness and inflammation. Your Skin Type is less vulnerable to wrinkles because the antioxidant rich sebum has a protective effect. This skin type will probably get easier as you get older if you practice good lifestyle habits.
The biggest problem with this skin type is facial flushing and could be a perfect setup for rosacea although it's not always due to rosacea. The key to manage this skin type is to learn to relax, do things you find calming, and avoid ingredients, products, and (when possible) life situations that are inflammatory.
How does flushing occur? First, blood vessels dilate more in sensitive types due to heightened sensitivity to neurotransmitters (similar to hormones). Second, many people with this skin type have light skin, which reveals the redness of dilated blood vessels more readily than dark skin. Over time, blood vessels lose their ability to contract back to their normal size, so they remain dilated. These visible red or blue blood vessels look like spider veins.
Doctors believe that certain symptoms can lead to others. For example, frequent facial flushing can lead to broken blood vessels, which many sufferers complain about often. But don’t worry; they can be eliminated using Intense Pulsed Light technology.
If you have this skin type with darker skin tone who experiences the same burning and stinging but without the visible flushing and dilated blood vessels, you’ll find the below daily regimens, product recommendations, and lifestyle guidelines more helpful than laser therapy.
If you’re Asian and your test results indicated that you have this skin type, you should double-check your answers because a special trait common to Asians could produce misleading scores. Most Asians tend to lack an enzyme that processes alcohol, causing flushing when they drink. So if you’re Asian and you flush only when you drink, this is probably not your true skin type. Plus, most Asians have pigmented skin tones and worry more about dark spots than wrinkles.
If you have severe acne, excess hair on your face, and irregular menstrual periods, it could also indicate an underlying medical condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome or menopause. If you’ve had trouble treating acne and suffer from these other symptoms, please consult a gynecologist. For hormone support, we recommend SACRAL WOMB™ Reproductive Wellness™ Tisane.
A CLOSE-UP LOOK AT YOUR SKIN
With this Skin Type, you may experience any of the following:
- Facial redness and flushing
- Facial oiliness
- Pink patches
- Yellow or skin-colored bumps with a dent in the middle (These enlarged oil glands are called sebaceous hyperplasia.)
- Acne, burning, redness, or stinging in response to many skin care products
- Facial rashes or pink scaling patches, especially around your nose
- Difficulty tanning, frequent sunburns
- Visible red or blue facial blood vessels
Although rosacea and rosacea-like symptoms can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, they occur within an overall pattern of skin oiliness and sensitivity that you can treat and prevent. All by themselves the recommended daily regimens below will help many of you, but keep in mind that people with highly reactive skin often have specific allergies beyond those mentioned and may want to consult an allergist to identify allergies to specific foods, products, and/or environmental factors.
HORMONES AND AGING
Hormones regulate the production of your skin’s oil, or sebum. In the human life cycle, birth is an initial high point in oil production, with a second taking place between the ages of nine and seventeen—the acne years. Thereafter, oil production normalizes at adult levels. In women, sebum levels begin to fall during menopause. However, women aren’t out of the woods, since the hot flashes that some women experience can result in increased facial flushing—your biggest complaint.
To prevent or reduce the signs of aging, many people use anti-aging skin creams, but people with this skin type should stay away from them. You don’t need them, and their fruit acids and other ingredients can irritate your skin. Their exfoliation action is good for others, but not for you. Your best age prevention technique is the regular use of sunscreen and anti-inflammatories in your skin care and diet.
Believe it or not, this Skin Type is a great one to have. One of the great assets of this type is that you rarely wrinkle. What’s more, your skin tends to be free of dark spots and blotches that affect many other complexions. This skin type will save a fortune in the long-term because aging will not bring the wrinkles and sags that drive other skin types to costly procedures like Botox, collagen injections, face-lifts, and microdermabrasion.
Don’t waste your time or money on costly procedures. You truly don’t need them. You can skip facials with steam, facial steaming, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. Are any advanced skin care options right for your Skin Type? Yes, and in the procedure section below, you’ll find effective interventions for your main problems—redness, flushing, and acne.
PROCEDURES FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
Skin-calming skin care products as well as oral medications and supplements, can help treat the flushing and acne form of rosacea. Blue or red light therapy can also help reduce acne. For dilated blood vessels and yellowish large pores, there are a number of dermatological office procedures such as Intense Pulsed Light that could help vessels disappear with an annual maintenance should new ones disappear. Darker skin tones should proceed with caution when it comes to laser therapy.
Light-skinned tones with a history of excess sun exposure are at risk for non-melanoma skin cancer. Even though you're less likely to wrinkle or get dark spots, you should always wear sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.
SKIN CARE INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
- Acetic acid
- Alpha lipoic acid
- Balsam of Peru
- Benzoic acid
- Cinnamic acid
- Cinnamon oil
- Cocus nucifera (coconut oil)
- Isopropyl isotearate
- Isopropyl myristate
- Lactic acid
- Peppermint oil
SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
- Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
- Isopropyl dibenzoylmethane
- Methylbenzylidene camphor
- Octyl Methoxycinnamate
- Para-amenobenzoic acid (PABA)
- Phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid
COSMETIC PROCEDURES TO AVOID
Although you might be tempted by a variety of services, social media trends, and products promising to help you address skin care problems, most of the following are a waste of time and money:
- Microdermabrasion is too harsh for your sensitive skin
- Facials with steam are too heating and inflammatory for your redness-prone skin
- Non-ablative lasers, except those designed to improve rosacea and get rid of blood vessels, are more geared to those who are more wrinkle-prone; you don't need them.
In addition, you probably do not need either Botox or fillers such as collagen and hyaluronic acid because you don't tend to have wrinkles. However, they can be used if desired.
ONGOING CARE FOR YOUR SKIN
Since your Skin Type is on the rosacea spectrum, we recommend the below products to treat problems early because in most cases, you might be able to avoid the more advanced stages of rosacea. So feel confident in following our product recommendations below. As mentioned, if you begin taking good care of your skin now, you have something you can look forward to. Your skin will improve with time.
Our skin diagnostic uses Baumann's (2004) science-based skin-type classification system comprised of 16 distinct Baumann Skin Types®.