Skin Types

Written by Charles Peacock
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Skin types are more varied than you might think. People tend to look the same (aside from our obvious differences in shape and color), but beneath those similarities are a wide variety of skin types that are as different as night and day. Learning about your skin type is an important step to maintaining healthy skin.

Different Skin Types

The most obvious difference between skin types is, of course, color. But this difference is more than just superficial; different colored skin often behaves differently to elements like sunlight. A pale-skinned Scandinavian, for instance, will have a hard time absorbing as much sun as an Arab does on a daily basis. Generally, lighter skinned people need to be more cautious about sun exposure than darker skinned people--but this is not always a rule.

Natural moisture level is another characteristic of different skin types. Some people tend to have drier skin, and therefore need to moisturize more often to keep their skin feeling soft. Other people have a problem with too much oil on their skin, which can lead to problems like acne and rashes.

Different types of skin also react very differently to chemicals (both natural and man-made). This type of reaction is commonly referred to as "skin allergies." Most people are allergic to common allergens like poison ivy, but others have the misfortune of breaking out when their skin is exposed to perfumes and certain soaps.

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