Can Your Skin Type Change?

Can your skin type change

Skin is our largest organ—acting as a barrier between our internal organs and outer environment. As we grow older, and as our skin is exposed to various external stressors, our skin evolves. These changes can become difficult to understand and, at times, have you wondering, “Why do I have a dry and oily face during different times of the year? Has my skin type changed from oily to dry skin?”. But wait—can your skin type change? In this blog post, you can find the answer to this famous question, as well as the top skin types. (Spoiler: there are more than 3 types, beyond dry and oily skin!).

9 Signature Skin Types

While many people only know of three skin types—dry, normal, and oily—there are actually nine different types of skin! 

Skin Type 1

Oily skin with clogged pores and breakouts. This type is characterized by extremely oily skin and large pores all across the face. You most likely experience severe acne and lingering scars. Such skin can be handled with AHA and BHA pore-cleaning exfoliants.

Skin Type 2

Oily or combination skin that is sensitive and has regular breakouts. Your pores will be enlarged, and consistent blemishes may be found. Your skin may also become red very easily. Antibacterial BHAs can help with this skin type.

Skin Type 3

Oily or combination skin with tightness and, sometimes, breakouts. You may experience enlarged pores and irritated skin as well as clogged pores. The frequency of breakouts will be lesser than the first type, that is, weekly or monthly. Non-drying and pore-cleaning exfoliants can solve the problem.

Skin type change

Skin Type 4

Oily or combination skin that is sensitive and has occasional breakouts. You may experience red skin with enlarged pores. This differs from type 2 in the sense that you will experience blemishes and breakouts more occasionally. For example, weekly or monthly. This skin type requires careful application of pore-cleaning BHAs and naturally healing ingredients.

Skin Type 5

Normal and tight skin. This skin type is depicted by normal but dehydrated skin that signs aging. Your skin will feel particularly dry during winter. You may also experience hyperpigmentation—and you’ll feel you’re in need of a glow. Use plenty of AHA exfoliants and antioxidants for this skin.

Skin Type 6

Normal and sensitive skin that is red (and tight). You have this skin type if you experience constant redness, and dry and oily skin depending on the season. Usually, this will be oily during summer and dry/tight during winter. Use calming bioactive ingredients and smoothing exfoliants for this skin type.

Skin Type 7

Dry skin damaged by the sun. If you have this skin type, your skin will feel dried and dehydrated. Hyperpigmentation may also be observed. You will have a history of continued exposure to the sun—and, in extreme cases, broken capillaries can be seen under the skin. Repairing AHAs and bioactive peptides for regeneration are suitable for such skin.

Skin Type 8

Dry and sensitive skin that easily gets flushed. You may experience consistent redness (or rosacea) along with tightness. Your skin may easily get irritated by products, and there may be visible lines. Cater to the problem with lipid-rich natural oils and botanicals.

Skin Type 9

Dry and aging skin that appears tired. Your skin feels tight year-round and needs hydration. You can also observe a loss of elasticity. A careful blend of energizing ingredients and AHA exfoliants suits such skin.

How to Find Your Skin Type

Following through the above-given skin types can help you put your finger on your skin type. Jot down your symptoms and see which of the 9 types it matches with best. You can also take Healthline’s online quiz to help you find your skin type.

How Your Skin Can Change Over Time

First things first, can your skin type change? The simple answer is yes.

Skin type is closely tied to the oil (sebum) production in the sebaceous glands. If this is high, you will experience oily skin; if it is low, you’ll have dry skin. As oil production varies in different phases of life, you can expect your skin type to change as well.

Generally, sebum production is higher during teenage years and declines during menopause, resulting in a shift from oily to dry skin. For men, oil levels stay consistent until they decline sharply later in life. This means one can experience dry and oily skin during different phases of life. However, the process is very slow and gradual. You will experience a change in skin type no sooner than every 7 to 9 years.

It is also important to note that the skin is exposed to various stressors, which may also impact skin type. These can be the climate (including humidity levels), skincare habits and cleansing routines, as well as diet and stress levels. You may be surprised to know that sleep also affects our skin! All these factors, taken together, can also change your skin type over the years.

Skin type change

3 Ways to Tell if Your Skin Type Has Changed

You suspect that your skin type has changed, but has it really? Keep an eye out for the following three indicators to figure out whether or not you’re experiencing a skin transition.

  1.  Past Products Don't Work as Effectively As They Used To

One clear sign that your skin type has changed is: the skincare products that used to work wonders for you are no longer effective. Your trusted moisturizer levels may leave your skin feeling greasy, and your go-to exfoliator may now feel too harsh. 

  1. You're Noticing Visible Changes In Your Skin

If you’ve been noticing any visible change in your skin, it may be an indicator that your skin type is changing. For example, a shift from oily to dry skin, newfound redness, or sensitivity. You may also notice enlarged pores or fine lines. 

  1. You've Experienced Hormonal Changes

If you’re undergoing a major life event, such as the onset of puberty, pregnancy, or menopause, the hormones in your body are changing. This can impact the oil production as well as hydration levels of your skin—potentially changing its type. 

What to Do if Your Skin Type Has Changed

If you feel your skin type has changed, we recommend consulting a skincare professional. They can help you navigate through your changing skin—and needs—and supplement it with an effective routine and professional treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to change skin type?

Yes! It is possible for skin type to change (for example, a shift from oily to dry skin)—however, the change is gradual and can take years to occur.

Can your skin type change naturally?

Absolutely; skin types often change naturally. This may result from hormonal changes (such as menopause) or environmental factors like pollution 

Final Words

Can your skin type change? You’ve got the answer. Listen to your skin—and notice any changes it experiences—to find out when you have a skin type upgrade. You can then speak to an esthetician… and find the best route forward.


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