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The FIVE Skin Types

There are FIVE common skin types often referred to in the beauty world. Normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. What your skin looks like, and how it reacts to external factors are all dependent on genetics, but what we apply and how we treat our skin can have long lasting effects if we take the time to learn what our skin needs and reacts well to.

One thing all skin types have in common? Growth factors. All skin, no matter the type, needs important growth factors such as elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid in order to maintain its healthy appearance. As you know by now, these growth factors decrease as you age, but FACTORFIVE makes it easy to replace those missing growth factors topically.

Normal skin

Normal skin is a term used to refer to generally healthy skin. What this means is that no matter the time of day or year the skin doesn’t fluctuate often (lucky you!). This doesn’t mean it comes without its issues of course, because as we all know, uncontrollable factors (atmosphere, hormones, etc.) play a huge role in how we feel about our skin.

Dry Skin

Dry skin often looks dull and lifeless compared to other skin types. This is because of a buildup of dead skin cells that reflect light in different directions. While genetics are the leading cause of dry skin, many external factors affect dry skin and can make it worse. Sun exposure, hot showers, and over-exfoliating can worsen dry skin. Age and hormones are also big factors that contribute to all skin types. In dry skin, symptoms are usually a feeling of tight, rough skin, and sometimes an ashy or grey appearance.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is the opposite of dry skin. Those with oily skin are likely to have larger pores than those with other skin types. Our skin is an incredible organ that is covered in pores. Pores are openings that allow glands under the skin to release sweat and oils to keep our skin hydrated and functioning. For those with oily skin, these pores are often larger and work harder than they need to. This leads to an excess of oils that sit upon the face. People with oily skin will be more prone to acne and breakouts because of these larger pores. Oily skin is shiny and can have a greasy feeling to it.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is a broad term that can describe several different types of skin. Commonly it is used to refer to skin that is oily in the T-zone, the forehead and nose, and normal or dry around the eyes, cheeks, and mouth. But combination can also be used to refer to skin that goes back and forth between skin types depending on the season. It is important to recognize though that it is normal for skin to change throughout the year within reason.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is less it’s own skin type, and more of an additional factor that can be added on top of the other skin types. Sensitive skin is usually used to describe skin that is prone to inflammation. This inflammation is usually caused by external factors, such as makeup, aggressive ingredients within skincare (such as salicylic acid), and can even have flare-ups from the run off of shampoo or conditioner in the shower. Sensitive skin is often red, itchy, and inflamed when irritated.

FACTORFIVE and the FIVE Skin Types

FACTORFIVE skincare is specially formulated to be safe and effective for all skin types. Our products are lightweight and absorb quickly. Even safe for sensitive skin, our serum and creams provide moisture back into the skin without making the skin oily. For extra dry skin our products can be used multiple times a day for extra moisture.


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