Skin type: Blemished skin

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Blemished skin is prone to blackheads, so-called comedones, that sometimes form inflamed, small reddish pustules. Blemished skin most often occurs in adolescents starting in puberty, but it can also recur later in life. Lifestyle, diet, hormones and genes play a large role. Usually, the combination of excessive sebum production and cornification leads to minor inflammation of the sebum glands and hair follicles. Too much sebum is a breeding ground for some bacteria that can be found on our skin. Propionibacterium acnes, the namesake of acne, feels particularly comfortable here and relentlessly metabolises fatty acids. For those with blemished skin, the goal is to balance out the sebum production. Cleansing methods that are too harsh and aggressive can also influence sebum production. If too much sebum is removed from the skin, it counteracts with even stronger sebum production – and this creates a vicious circle. More than anything, your skin needs moisture that you should supply, along with an intact skin barrier.

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Normal skin

The term "normal" is generally used for a balanced complexion. The T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) can be slightly oily, but the sebum and moisture levels are balanced and the skin is neither too oily nor too dry.

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Oily skin

Oily skin tends to produce more sebum and sweat, which makes it shiny and increases pore size. It often leads to unwanted blackheads, which unfortunately can also develop into acne.

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Dry skin

Dry skin is also referred to as a low-lipid, dry condition or sebostasis. It usually is [missing] It also belongs to the category of problem skin, sensitive or delicate skin. Your skin doesn’t produce enough sebum.

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Combination skin

It is typical for combination skin to show symptoms of dry skin and those of oily skin in different areas. In most cases, the forehead, nose and chin (called the T-zone) are shiny, oily and possibly even blemished, while the cheeks are dry, dull and flaky.

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Sensitive skin

Symptoms of sensitive skin mainly include redness, flaking, itching, and a sense of burning or tightness. Sensitive skin can also quickly develop rashes with pustules, papules or swelling.

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Mature skin

Everyone gets mature skin in the course of their lives. Some sooner, others later. Many different factors determine when your skin will start to show the first signs of ageing.

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