I’ve spent a lot of time recently wondering if I’m asking the right questions. That might sound a little deep, so let me explain. I realised that often I’ll take the first answer that’s offered to me, or I’m happy to accept the first explanation someone gives me for something I’ve said. Honestly, a retail worker could tell me the more expensive pair of jeans was more flattering on my figure and I would buy them without any further thought. Impulse buys aside, the reason I’m bringing this up is because I think I’ve gotten this far in life without truly knowing my skin type.
Growing up, I had pretty bad acne and was constantly shining with oils, and whilst for the most part I am not afflicted with teenage pizza face, I do usually have about five noticeable pimples on my chin or cheeks at any given time, and most days my glasses start to slip down my nose at the 3pm mark. You might be thinking, glasses and acne, I must have not been very popular in high school. Well, I also had braces. Thankfully my peers didn’t take every opportunity to take a dig at me, but I was still very self-conscious. Now my teeth are fine and glasses are relatively cool so long as you pick the right frames, but I still get hung up on my skin looking good. Or, better. I have the full skin care routine, not just the basics but all the bells and whistles. Masks, exfoliators, treatments, you name it. I even have a drawer full of various tools and hypersonic cleansing brushes that well targeted ads have convinced me to buy over the years. If you’ve heard of it, I have it. Unless, perhaps, it was designed for dry skin types. Which leads me back to my original gripe, I always treated my skin as oily and blemish-prone.
If you’re not much into the skincare world, you won’t know but skin types are incredibly important in the product selection process. Certain ingredients are amazing for certain skin types, some products are designed for specific concerns or not suitable for others, and when it comes to building a routine, I’ve always felt it was best to stick to certain ranges to ensure the brand’s testing process definitely knew that that certain collection worked well together. So I’ve been treating oily skin this entire time. I must have done a whats my skin type quiz back in the day when I was still acne ridden, but not since. I didn’t realise it could change. Powerful acids, drying ingredients, light moisture and barely any skin protection, that’s what I was working with. But, and here’s the kicker, it turns out I don’t actually have oily skin. Or, that skin type. I have dry skin. It’s just that my skin gets so dry that it overproduces sebum and makes my face all clogged and oily and causes the pimples to form. But really, it needs some serious hydration and protection.
It was only when a friend, who is really into skincare, asked me more about the products in my bathroom cabinet and she voiced that she always assumed I had dry skin. And so the conversation ensued and I realised that I should have questioned this years ago. Seriously, she put me onto a new routine and already my skin just looks healthier. I’m yet to see my pimples disappear, but all in good time I suppose. Which is why I ended up in a spiral wondering what else I’ve missed in the past because I’m too accepting. Suggestions for my next crisis in the comments please!