Skin types are genetically determined ways in which the epidermis reacts to the environment and topical products. Although skin can change over time due to both genetic and environmental factors, it is important to know how your skin will react to various factors in order to find the right balance in treating and preventing skin conditions. Through the Fitzpatrick Skin Type classification system, developed in 1975 by Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, each person’s unique skin type can be determined based on genetic disposition, reaction to sun exposure, and more. The better you understand your unique skin type, the better you can take care of it in the years to come.
There are a variety of factors that impact the skin, including water and oil content, as well as sensitivity. Weather, illnesses, medication or even hot baths or showers can all have a detrimental impact on the epidermis. Allison Clement, MD, and Amber Littlefield, FNP-C, at The Skin Studios in Lake Charles, Louisiana, will help you seek out the best options available to suit your individual needs. Contact us at (337) 474-1220 for additional information and how you can benefit from proper care.
Skin conditions like acne are not classified as genetic and are usually indicators of an underlying concern. However, there are four main characteristics of the skin and each of these skin type characteristics have conditions that are more commonly associated with them.
Sensitivity is determined by intolerance to a cosmetic product, which can present itself in a number of ways that cause irritation. Irritations are usually the first indicators of sensitivity after coming in contact with a chemical.
Though sensitivity is not considered a diagnosis, it can become an indicator that a particular ingredient or product is not ideal to use. Forms of irritation may include itchiness, swelling, stinging, dryness, scaling, peeling, bumps, hives, soreness, pain or burning. If any of these symptoms present themselves, a medical consultation is recommended for proper care.
Ethnic skin types typically contain more melanin, a natural substance found in the dermis, contributing to darker skin. Melanin also protects the epidermis from harmful UV rays. Though melanin provides ample sun protection, it can also produce thick, thin, oily and dry symptoms. Depending on the climate, some darker epidermis may be considered stronger or more fragile than others, so it is a good idea to book an appointment with someone who can help relieve common skin ailments. Dr. Clement and Nurse Practitioner Littlefield of The Skin Studios specializes in gentle skin treatments.
Men’s skin can fall victim to hormonal fluctuations just as much as women. The facial epidermis found in men is typically thicker and breaks out less often than in women. However, men frequently experience the most irritation due to shaving. Other common conditions treated in male aesthetic medicine include:
Problematic skin can leave you feeling like there is no hope. However, a skilled skin care team can help through advanced skin treatments and customized plans. For questions regarding services in Lake Charles, Louisiana, contact Dr. Allison Clement and Nurse Practitioner Amber Littlefield of The Skin Studios at (337) 474-1220.