Can Your Skin Type Change Over Time? A Dermatologist Weighs In
So, you’ve finally pin-pointed your exact skin type and are using all the necessary products that help you achieve a beautiful, healthy-looking complexion. Just when you thought you were catering to your skin’s specific needs, you start to notice your skin changing in texture, tone, and firmness. Perhaps your shiny complexion is suddenly becoming drier, duller even. What gives? Could your skin type be changing? Is that even possible? We turned to board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, for the answer, ahead.
So, you’ve finally pin-pointed your exact skin type and are using skincare products to help you achieve a clear, supple-looking complexion. But just when you thought you were catering to your skin’s specific needs, you start to notice your skin changing in texture, tone and firmness. Perhaps your shiny complexion is suddenly becoming drier and duller, or you’re developing dry areas that were never there before. What gives? Could your skin type be changing? According to Skincare.com expert and board-certified dermatologist and founder of Entiere Dermatology, Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, M.D., well, kind of. Ahead, she breaks down what your changing skin type might mean.
What Happens to Our Skin Over Time? Can it Really Change Skin Types?
According to Dr. Levin, everyone has some sort of combination skin areas of dry and oily skin at different moments in their lifetime. “In general, however, when you are younger, your skin is more acidic,” she says. “When the skin matures, its pH level increases and becomes more basic.” It’s possible that other factors, like environmental, skin-care and makeup products, sweat, genetics, hormones, weather and medications can also contribute to your skin type changing.
How Do You Know if Your Skin Type Is Changing?
There are a few ways to tell if your skin type is changing. “If your skin was oily but now appears dry and easily irritated, it’s possible your skin may have changed from an oily skin type to sensitive. “People tend to mis-categorize their skin type, so co-management with a board-certified dermatologist is key!”
What Can You Do if Your Skin Type Is Changing
Depending on your skin type, Dr. Levin suggests simplifying your skin-care routine if you notice that your complexion is changing and sensitive. “Using a pH-balanced, gentle and hydrating cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen are staples for any solid skincare routine, no matter your skin type.” You may like CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer and Vichy Liftactiv Peptide-C Sunscreen SPF 30 .
Not sure what else to do when your skin changes?
Dr. Levin has some suggestions on where to start altering your routine. “If someone is developing more outbreaks, look for products with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, salicylic acid and retinoids,” she says. We recommend a serum such as this one from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum or this correcting gel formulated with salicylic acid, Tula Clear it Up Acne Clearing + Tone Correcting Gel.
“For dry skin, look for products formulated with moisturizing ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid and dimethicone, which are designed to help hydrate parched skin,” Dr. Levin adds. We recommend L’Oréal Paris’ 1.9% Pure Hyaluronic Acid 7 Replumping Ampoules for a burst of hydration, or a creamy moisturizer like the Milk Makeup Vegan Moisturizer. “Plus, no matter your skin type, but particularly for skin types prone to sunburn, regular sunscreen (bonus if it is formulated with antioxidants) application and taking other sun protection measures is the best defense to help protect skin from damage.” Skin types may change, but taking care of your skin with the right products stays the same.