What’s your Type? Can it Change?


I don’t want to bore you with skin types because everyone knows there are generally 5 types of skin: normal, sensitive, dry, oily and combination. My skin type is oily/acne prone and I suffered from severe acne for over 30 years. Even when I had signs of  wrinkles in my late 30’s, I was still breaking out. Come 40, and bam, my acne finally went away. He didn’t want to stick around anymore where he wasn’t able to swim in sebum mixed with dead skin cells because my body decreased its production of sebum. He finally checked out and I was so happy. End of story… Well, not really,  because I inherited another host of problems: AGE!  I lost elasticity, my pores enlarged, and wrinkles slowly started to make its way around my eyes..  My skin type had changed. I wasn’t oily anymore, but dry and aging. I started to use lots of serums and oils on my face (I would have never touched any type of oil with a 10 feet pole in my younger years), to try to get back that dewy look.

So the short answer is: YES your skin type can change (slowly) through many factors and here is a short list:

  1. Age
  2. Pregnancy/Menopause
  3. Stress
  4. Medication
  5. Even changing your skin routine that might not be the best for your skin.

From my personal experience, when I had a skin type change from stress, environment, medication, etc,  it was only temporary. My skin “type” reacted to the outside conditions around me. It wasn’t until I turned 40 when I saw a true skin type change. Even when I was taking Accutane, (one of the strongest acne drug around that time), my sebum/oil production significantly decreased, to the point where I didn’t have to wash my hair literally for a week and it was still not oily, and my acne completely cleared..for about 5 years after I stopped taking it. However, my skin went back to its normal oily/acne prone ways and I started back on Accutane a second time 10 years later, and my skin started to go back to its old ways 5 years after the second round of treatment.

Let’s face it, we are all born with a “type” that can’t be changed.. Whether you have normal, dry, oily, sensitive, aging, etc skin, embrace it, and try not to be so hard on yourself. I battled through depression, low-self esteem and self doubt because of acne. There were many days I didn’t want to get up from bed. It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, one thing for sure I know that works: drink plenty of water, eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits, and cut out processed foods and sugar, and your skin will thank you for it!

Here is a Skin Type Quiz on SheKnows  see if you are right about your skin and keep drinking water!

xoxo, Grace

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