What Are The Skin Types For MenSkin type describes and interprets how and why your skin looks, feels, and behaves as it does.
The four most common skin type categories for men are categorizes as:
Normal (no apparent signs of oily or dry areas)
Oily (shine appears all over skin, no dry areas at all)
Dry (flaking can appear, no oily areas at all, skin feels tight)
Combination (oily, typically in the central part of the face, and dry or normal areas elsewhere)
(Often acne-prone skin is listed under oily or combination skin types, though it is sometimes listed as a skin type all by itself. Occasionally, sensitive skin may be listed as an individual skin type but I feel strongly that all skin types, regardless for men or women, should be considered sensitive.)
The truth is, understanding your skin type is more often than not far more complicated than those 4 or 6 categories, which is why lots of men find identifying theirs an indefinable challenge of changes that never settles down in one specific direction. Yet, understanding your skin type is extremely important, just not in the way the cosmetics industry approaches it or the way we've been taught to think about it.
First, skin type is never static. The variations of what is taking place on your skin can not only change season to season but month to month and even week to week. Adding to the complexity is the strong possibility of skin disorders such as rosacea, eczema, skin discolorations, precancerous conditions, blackheads, sun damage and whiteheads. Four or six categories of skin type just can't cover it.
When it comes to determining skin type you need to forget what you've been taught by cosmetic salespeople, estheticians, fashion magazines, (and even some dermatologists). The typical categories of normal, oily, dry, and combination, are a good basic, but they don’t address every nuance, and they change and fluctuate with everything from the weather to your stress levels.
Why is recognizing all the nuances of your skin type so important? Because different skin types require different product formulations. Even though many men's skin types often need the same active ingredients such as sunscreen agents, antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and so on, the base they are in (lotion, cream, gel, serum, or liquid) should match the needs of your skin type. Skin type is the single most important decision influencing the choices we make about the kind of skincare regimes and the products we buy. But we need to be very careful of how we categorize our skin, or the very products we thought would help could actually make matters worse.
Next update: What Influences Men's Skin Type?