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The Importance of Knowing Your Skin Type

Even if you’ve never paid much attention to skin types, you can deduce from the products at your local drug store or beauty counter that there are about four: dry, oily, sensitive, and combination. Each product claims to target your skin type as if it’s made especially for you, when in reality, your skin is much more complex and unique. 

At Chappell and Rosso Dermatology & Laser and Aesthetics Center in Odessa, Texas, our team led by Dr. Ritchie Rosso Jr. and Dr. Robert Chappell Jr. goes way beyond this oversimplified categorization and considers multiple factors when determining your skin type. Why does it matter? It’s because every product you use and every treatment you get has the potential to either feed and nourish your skin or strip it and damage it if you don’t know your skin type.

How to figure out what skin type you have

Whether you’ve spent your life oblivious to skin types and simply wash with soap and occasionally throw on some lotion, or you’ve been meticulous about your skin care regimen and do everything you can for your specific skin type — you still may be doing it all wrong.

The reason skin type matters is that your skin is a living organ that has specific requirements to thrive. Just like your body is different from your neighbor’s body and has different nutritional needs and has a different metabolism, your skin is unique, too. Products that make your friend’s skin glow may actually be harmful to yours. 

Now that you have a little insight and you’re ready to get serious about finding out your skin type and using that information to achieve vibrant, healthy skin, it’s important that you’re as accurate as possible.

That's where we come in. Our medical and aesthetic professionals use Skin Type Solutions™ to precisely determine your skin type based on years of scientific study by Dr. Leslie Bauman, author of The Skin Type Solution. Her method for skin typing has become the gold standard for our team here at Chappell Rosso Dermatology, because we believe it is the best way to understand your skin and help it reach its full potential.

How many skin types are there?

We mentioned the four main skin types that you’ve probably heard of, but in reality there are 16 unique skin types! The ones you know are still in the mix, but are only part of the equation. The Skin Type Solution system evaluates your skin depending on which four characteristics it displays, rather than just one. The distinct characteristics include:

After we examine your skin and you take a detailed questionnaire, we assign you a four-letter skin type, which tells us a lot about how your skin behaves, what products work best, why you’re prone to certain skin conditions, and what to expect in the future. 

For example, if you have DSPT (dry, sensitive, pigmented, tight) skin, you probably notice more acne breakouts, and your skin tends to get irritated and rashy. You’re more prone to getting dark patches from the sun, but your higher pigmentation may help prevent wrinkles. 

There are 15 additional combinations of these characteristics, and knowing your skin type can make or break your skin health. 

Arm yourself and your skin

Your skin is essentially a barrier between your vital insides and the harsh environment outside. If it’s weakened or damaged, you’re vulnerable to infection and disease, so taking good care of your skin is more than a cosmetic issue.

With the help of the Skin Type Solutions system, you can arm yourself with information and products, as well as an effective customized skin care regimen that takes the guesswork out of your routine. It also saves you money in the long run, because you’ll never waste your time or resources on the wrong products or treatments again. 

To start your Skin Type Solutions analysis, contact us at Chappell Rosso Dermatology & Laser and Aesthetics Center by phone or online, and set up a consultation with one of our skin care experts. You’ll never look at skin care the same way again!

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