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 tends to suffer from oiliness, enlarged pores, and dark spots. Generally, skin oiliness will lessen in midlife, but you are left with large pores and acne scars. As you age you will develop wrinkles. If you don’t smoke, minimize sun exposure, and eat a healthy diet rich in anti-oxidants, the right skin care products can help diminish your skin problems. However, while your skin is not sensitive, meaning you can experiment with products without the worry of skin reactions, the concentration of ingredients in over-the-counter products may not be sufficient for your resistant skin, even beneficial ingredients.


Your primary concerns can depend on your age. Younger people may be more concerned with dark spots or pigmentation, oiliness, and wrinkle prevention, while older people are more concerned with dark spots and treatment of wrinkles.

Skin Care IQ will help you find good products and ingredients for your skin.
  • Reduce appearance of dark spots with depigmenting ingredients.
  • Reduce appearance of wrinkles and oil secretion with retinols (in the eveing) and antioxidants.
  • If you’re not using retinols or retinoids, alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acid, exfoliate every other day (if you don’t get redness) or try microdermabrasion or a chemical peel.
  • Treatment of wrinkles, especially for your resistant skin may require an office visit to a dermatologist who can recommend prescription retinoids or procedures (such as Botox or Juvederm injections) that will make a difference.

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 prevent wrinkles:

  • ALA
  • Caffeine
  • Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)
  • Copper peptide
  • Ginseng
  • Grape seed extract
  • Green tea
  • Idebenone
  • Lutein
  • Lycopene
  • Moringa
  • Pinus pinaster (pine bark)
  • Pomegranate
  • Resveratrol
  • Rosemary
  • Vitamin C (ascorbate)
  • Vitamin E

To diminish wrinkles:

  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Copper peptide
  • DMAE
  • Glycolic acid (alpha hydroxy acid or AHA)
  • Lactic acid
  • Phytic acid
  • Retinol
  • Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid, or BHA)
  • TGF-Beta

To prevent dark spots:

  • Cocos nucifera (coconut fruit juice)
  • Niacinamide

To lighten dark spots:

  • Arbutin
  • Bearberry
  • Cucumber extract
  • Epilobium angustifolium (willow herb)
  • Gallic acid
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)
  • Hydroquinone (not for long-term use but alternating with other lightening ingredients to avoid pigmentation problems)
  • Kojic acid
  • Mulberry
  • Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
  • Resorcinol
  • Retinol
  • Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid)
  • Saxifraga sarmentosa extract
  • Vitamin C (ascorbate)

Ingredients to avoid:

Can add to oiliness:

  • Mineral oil
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Cocos nucifera (coconut oil)
  • Jojoba oil
  • Peppermint oil

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]