Most people struggling through their teenage years experience some sort of battle with acne. We all remember the days of worrying in front of the mirror at a fresh crop of acne and wondering why all the cleansing pads in the world can’t keep an oil-slick shine off of our faces. Generally, though, as people age, their skin tends to calm down; in later years, many people report experiencing the symptoms of dry skin. Does this mean that your skin type has changed?
According to top dermatologists, your skin type is genetic and doesn’t truly change - you’ve got what you’ve got. You’ve probably noticed whatever patterns your skin goes through after you’re past puberty are fairly consistent well through your adult years. However, there are a handful of reasons why your skin may be acting differently than usual, including:
- Environmental factors, like sun exposure, airborne allergens, and seasonal changes. If you have naturally oily skin, your face probably reacts differently to the onslaught of winter than those with dry skin. Not to mention, your skin may produce more oil to help protect you against heavy allergen concentrations in the air. These changes aren’t changes to your overall skin type; rather, they’re changes to your skin’s condition that should revert to normal (for you) when your conditions change back.
- Your hormone levels obviously play a large role in how your skin acts. For women, your menstrual cycle can help you chart the arrival of the occasional pimple. Pregnancy also affects your hormone levels and can have a huge impact on your skin’s condition. Men are lucky enough to experience relatively even hormone levels once they’ve exited puberty, so hormones aren’t as big as a factor.
- Topical and ingested medicines can also change how your skin behaves, whether they’re intended to or not. Some older antidepressants and diuretics can cause dry skin. Topical solutions with salicylic acid, retinols, and other such chemicals can cause dryness, flakiness, and irritation. Take care when starting new medications to check that they don’t interact negatively with one another.
It’s important to keep in mind that your skin type and your skin condition are two separate things, and you should make sure you’re treating your skin for its type while taking any necessary measures to adjust for environmental conditions. The best way to understand your skin type is scheduling an evaluation with your esthetician. To book your appointment, call Samano Aesthetics at 321-397-0692 or click here to book your appointment with Linda Muniz, LME.