In a previous post I started a discussion about skin type. This post continues that discussion with a look at what factors influence your skin care type. As I noted before, our skin type changes often, which means the needs of our skin changes. I will go into more depth about the needs of skin types in the future, but first I'll share why you skin experiencing these change in the first place!
There are two types of factors that effect our skin type: external factors and internal factors.
External factors include:
- The climate our skin is exposed to
- Over or under moisturizing
- Over or under exfoliating
- Using irritating or drying products
- Using inappropriate products
- Unprotected sun exposure
- Prolonged sun exposure
- Secondhand Smoke (see)
- Pollution (creates additional free-radical activity that damages collagen and the skin's genetic stability)
Internal factors include:
- Hormonal changes
- Pregnancy (hormonal changes)
- Menopause (hormonal changes)
- Menstrual cycle (hormonal changes)
- Genetic predisposition of skin type
- Smoking (one cause of necrotic skin which occurs when not enough blood and oxygen are supplied to a given skin region.)
- Medications (note: some birth control pills can increase oily skin & breakouts while others can improve skin's appearance)
- Diet (although a small factor, there is research showing a diet high in antioxidants & omega 3 & omega 6 can help). Also see this blog post.