Does a normal skin type actually exist? - Skin Care

Does a normal skin type actually exist?

15 Nov -
3 min read

We see this phrase, “normal skin type” “suitable for normal skin” all over the world of skincare. Right from  product packaging and instructions, product labels and articles offering skincare advice this is a commonly used term. And yet, as common as it is to read about “normal” skin, does anybody have a normal skin type? 

Plus, since “normal” is a subjective word, not a descriptive one like dry or oily or sensitive, one has to wonder: What is “normal” skin? Is breaking out or blackheads “normal?” If it isn’t, does anyone really have “normal” skin? 

According to dermatologists when brands market their products to “normal” skin types, they’re generally directing them at individuals who meet a few specific criteria: few to no blemishes, no sensitivity, minimally visible pores, and balanced hydration levels. People with this skin type don’t tend to feel dry or greasy, they almost never break out, and their skincare maintenance is pretty bare-bones.

Normal skin can also be characterized by a balance in terms of oil and water,  and as a result, it does not feel too dry or too oily. Still, it’s important to note that breakouts and dry patches are possible in all skin types, and are not an abnormal experience.

However, knowing your skin type and using the correct products is the first step to building any skincare routine. Many people unknowingly use the wrong products for their skin type, or the products contain irritating ingredients that create a skin type they wouldn’t otherwise have – or make your natural skin type worse. Using gentle, carefully formulated products suitable for your skin type can be a transformative step!

It’s not just about your skincare routine, either. “Lifestyle changes such as eating a nutrition rich balanced diet, regulating your sugar intake and avoiding bad habits like smoking, alcohol consumption, contribute to a radiant, glowing complexion. But the good news is that you have control over all of those factors.

It is yet important to know that your skin type can change over time, too, something that unfortunately is not so easily managed. What you really can’t control is existing sun damage, as well as hormonal changes during your monthly cycle, that can lead to skin becoming drier or oily. 

So, how do you work out your true skin type and look after it in the best way possible?

  • Select products that are formulated especially for your skin type
  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen everyday
  • Following a skincare routine thoroughly

We are quick to decide whether our skin is dry or oily but a key factor is the products we are using could be changing our natural skin type. So selecting the right products, using sunscreen and living a healthy lifestyle can do wonders for your skin. So does normal skin exist? Yes, it sure does, but achieving it will take some time.

References for this blog: 

  1. Do you know your true skin type? – Get the gloss
  2. What’s your skin type- Radiance by WebMD
  3. Skin types: Do they exist? – Dermal radiance