Can Your Skin Type Change?

As an esthetician and someone who has spent the last 25 years working hands-on with skin, I know a thing or two about skin types and how the skin behaves with age, environment, genetics, diet and lifestyle. I believe everyone fits into a specific type, but I find the standard skin types—dry, normal, sensitive and acne-prone—too generic. I believe there are actually nine different skin types and when I work with clients, I can determine which of these nine skin types describes their skin. However, can your skin type change from season to season or even year to year? 

The simplest answer is yes, your skin type can change, but generally it will slowly occur over the course of a few years (like every 7-9 years) instead of drastically changing from season to season. During seasonal changes, it is possible for certain conditions to intensify, such as oily skin types getting oilier and dry skin getting drier in the winter, but for the most part, your genetic skin type still has the same traits seasonally.

The skin is an organ and influences that can cause drastic changes to your skin include:


-Extreme stress

-Hormonal shifts (pregnancy, menopause)

-Skin care products (changing to a new routine that may not be the best fit)

At times, it might be difficult to determine what is causing changes in your skin because these changes can be gradual. The best and easiest way to address skin type changes is to seek out professional help from an esthetician.

Remember to listen to your skin and know that it is unique and needs to be treated as such. Don’t go it alone when it comes to your skin’s changing needs so that you can be sure your routines and products are appropriate for your skin type. Don’t know your skin type? Take our Skin Care Quiz.

Which skin care products are best for your skin? Take our Skin Type Quiz and get products recommended.

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  1. Hi, I could do with some advice. Just about to turn 40. Not sure my skin has change due to my age. I never really cleaned, toned or moisturised. Because I have an oily face. I’ve tried it once or twice and each time I’ve broken out in spots, acne etc…I did the questionnaire and my skin type is 3.
    The past few months, I have used a resurfacing peel, cleaners, toner, and moisturising, but now, my skin has changed its not the same. Every time I wash my face it’s dry and flaky, tight and sensitive, plus I still have ance. Also it feels inflamed too. I’m frightened what to use. I’m just washing my face only with face scrub. What can I do?

    Posted By: Christine  | 

    • It sounds like your skin is in need of balance and a better skin care routine. However, after cleansing, you must IMMEDIATELY use an alcohol-free toner and moisturizer. If you leave your skin bare for more than 1 minute, it will start to dehydrate which is why you are getting that tight feeling. Perform your skin care routine quickly, and be sure to always leave your toner damp on the skin. This will leave your skin protected and avoid the tight and dry feeling. And of course, always use a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser.

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 

  2. Hi Renee,
    Greetings!! I m 24 and have skin type 7.. i have a query , I m using a moisturizing cream meant for dry skin but my skin gets greasy and sticky quick of application . i examined for a week , Why is that so?

    Posted By: Tina  | 


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