Combination

Oily around the chin, nose and forehead (T-zone). Rest of the face and neck is usually dry.

Pores in the T-zone are enlarged, and small to medium in the cheek. Moisture content is high in oily areas, and poor in dry areas. Texture is coarse and thick in the T-zone and thin in dry areas. Oily skin is sallow, whilst the dry area is sensitive, with high colour. Skin tone is good in oily areas, and poor in dry areas. Pigmentation is uneven, and there may be blemishes in the oily areas. The most common skin type.

Sensitive Skin

Some people suffer from sensitive skin separately from the dry skin type.This can be recognised by high colouring, and broken capillaries in the cheek area. The skin is usually warm and there can be some flaking. In black skin, the irritation shows as a darker patch, rather than redness.

Allergic skin is irritated by external allergens, and so can react to chemicals that are applied to it.

Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin has lost water, and is usually associated with dry or combination skin types. This could be due to a change in diet, or illness, in which case the client may be taking medication. It can also be caused by low humidity or air-conditioning. The skin has a slight orange-peel effect and some flaking. There are some signs of ageing and broken capillaries.

Mature Skin

Mature skin can take on different skin characteristics, particularly in women due to the hormonal changes within the body. It can become dry and lose elasticity. Some lines and wrinkles will appear, and skin is thinner. Broken capillaries will appear, muscle tone is reduced and blood circulation becomes poor. There can be some puffiness due to a decrease in excretion efficiency, and irregular pigmentation can occur.