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Dr. Ajay Goyal - Understanding Your Skin Type: How To Determine And Care For It

Discover your unique skin type and learn how to care for it with our expert guide. Understand the characteristics of normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive skin and get personalized skincare tips to achieve a healthy and radiant complexion

Dr. Ajay Goyal
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  • Your skin is as unique as you are, and understanding its type is essential for maintaining its health and appearance.

  • Skin type is determined by factors such as genetics, environment, and lifestyle, and each type requires specific care to stay balanced and radiant.

  • By identifying your skin type and following tailored skincare routines, you can achieve a healthy, glowing complexion.

Types of Skin:

There are five main skin types:

  • Normal skin is smooth and well-balanced, with few imperfections, minimal sensitivity, and no noticeable oiliness or dryness.

  • Dry skin lacks moisture and may feel tight, flaky, or rough, especially after washing and in harsh weather conditions.

  • Oily skin produces excess sebum, leading to shiny, greasy skin and frequent breakouts. 

  • Combination skin features a combination of oily and dry areas, with an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and dry cheeks.

  • Sensitive skin is prone to irritation, redness, and allergic reactions, often reacting negatively to harsh skincare products or environmental factors.

To determine your skin type, observe how your skin feels throughout the day and after cleansing.

Once you've identified your skin type, tailor your skincare routine accordingly. Basic skincare tips include:

  • Use gentle, hydrating cleansers for dry skin, oil-free products for oily skin, and mild, non-irritating products for sensitive skin.

  • Moisturize regularly to keep your skin hydrated, regardless of your skin type.

  • Use sunscreen daily to protect against UV damage. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.

  • Never wear makeup to bed.

  • Eat a healthy diet, stay hydrated, and do not smoke.

Special Recommendations:

For dry skin:

  • Limit showers and baths to once daily, keeping them short.

  • Avoid vigorous scrubbing during bathing or drying.

  • Apply a rich moisturizer immediately after bathing. Reapply as necessary throughout the day.

  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to indoor air and maintain moderate indoor temperatures.

For oily skin care:

  • Limit washing to twice daily and after heavy sweating. Do not scrub.

  • Avoid picking, popping, or squeezing pimples

  • Select skincare products and cosmetics labeled "non-comedogenic" to avoid pore-clogging.

For sensitive skin

  • Identify potential triggers to prevent reactions. While triggers vary, they often stem from specific skincare products.

By understanding your skin type and implementing appropriate skincare practices, you can achieve a healthy, radiant complexion that reflects your inner beauty and confidence. Remember to listen to your skin's needs and adjust your routine as necessary to maintain its health and vitality for years to come.

Issued in Public Interest by Dr.Reddy's Laboratories LTD

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