Thank you so much for joining our community and taking the skin type assessment. Your contributions will help others avoid adverse skin reactions. Below are recommendations for your personal skin type.*


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This skin type looks great and ages well. You may have gotten acne in your youth and some dark spots or pigmentation, but overall caring for your skin is easy. While your skin is tight and should remain youthful, it should be protected with regular sunscreen use (even if you have a dark skin tone), not smoking, and a diet of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.

This skin type could have dark or light skin tones. If you have a light skin tone, you are at risk for melanoma skin cancer.


You should focus your skin care on fighting oiliness, preventing inflammation, and avoiding pigment formation.

Skin Care IQ will help you find good products and ingredients for your skin.
  • Find products with oil-absorbing ingredients or ingredients that will reduce oil production.
  • Excess oil will clog pores, stretching them out and making them look larger.
  • Try products (e.g. with beta hydroxy acid) that can penetrate pores and clear them to minimize them.
  • Cleanse your face twice a day.

Applying sunscreen regularly when outdoors is important. Avoid sun exposure for several reasons:

Say no to bad things for your skin like smoking, sun exposure, and a poor diet.
  • Tanning, whether in a tanning bed or outdoors, can intensify oil production.
  • Sun exposure will increase the propensity for you to develop unwanted, dark patches.
  • Sun exposure (at any age) will predispose you to non-melanoma skin cancers 
  • Sun exposure accelerates collagen loss from the skin and speeds the appearance of wrinkles.

Ingredients to look for:

To lighten dark spots:

  • Arbutin
  • Bearberry extract
  • Citric acid
  • Cucumber extract
  • Glycolic acid
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)
  • Hydroquinone
  • Kojic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Mulberry extract
  • Niacinamide
  • Phytic acid
  • Retinaldehyde
  • Retinol
  • Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid)
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

Ingredients to avoid:

Can promote pigmentation and dark spots:

  • Carrot extract
  • Celery extract
  • Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh)
  • Estrogen
  • Estradiol
  • Fig extract
  • Humulus lupulus (hops)
  • Lemon extract
  • Lime extract
  • Oil of bergamot
  • Parsley extract
  • Genistein Soy (except in products where the estrogenic ingredient has been removed)
  • Trifolium pretense (red clover)
  • Vitex agnus-castus (chasteberry)
  • Wild yams

This list was adapted from Baumann, Leslie. The Skin Type Solution: Are You Certain That You Are Using the Optimal Skin Care Products? 2010. Random House Publishing Group.

*The recommendations provided here are meant only as guidelines and are not exhaustive of the types of ingredients to use or avoid. These guidelines are not meant to replace any advice from a physician. If you have persistent skin concerns, we recommend seeking a doctor’s advice.

Take the skin assessment again when you experience a change in your skin. If you experience a reaction to a product, please let us know by emailing us at [email protected]