Skin Condition vs. Skin Type
Updated: Apr 20, 2022
It can get a little confusing discussing skin types and skin conditions. What is the difference?
Skin types usually refer to dry, normal, oily, or combination skin. Dry skin tends to mean less oil flow whereas oily skin has an abundance of oil. Combination skin is where you see oil across your cheek, nose, and forehead but tend to be drier in the other areas whereas normal is an even oil flow throughout the face.
DMK Therapists like myself like to refer more to skin conditions. Skin conditions are diagnosed by examining the texture, color, secretions, cell build-up, and skin thickness. Examples of skin conditions are as follows but not limited to: aging, rosacea, transepidermal water loss, fragile capillaries, pigmentation.
Reactive skin is another example of a skin condition. The reason I bring this up is because a lot of people assume their skin is sensitive but what really could be going on is an internal imbalance in function. Our goal is to help the skin return to homeostasis – stability within our skin’s environment.
It is important to understand the difference between the two to obtain the best solution for all skin care needs, not just topically, but internally.