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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You may tan very well. Oil may be your biggest concern (a concern that starts in adolescence and continues into your thirties). People of your skin type may suffer from bouts of acne, followed by brown spots, followed by more acne. As you age, if you have protected your skin, your skin’s oil production will act as a balm, preserving hydration, and your tight skin will age better than many other skin types.


Your skin care regimen should focus on avoiding inflammation and addressing unwanted skin pigmentation (which can result from skin injury and inflammation), oiliness, and wrinkles as early as possible.

Skin Care IQ will help you find good products and ingredients for your skin.
  • Find products with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
  • Your oiliness can lead to acne with breakouts triggering pigmentation (and scarring).
  • For you, inflammation, wounds, nicks, and cuts can all result in the appearance of pigmentation or brown spots or patches as can sun exposure.
  • Avoid triggers of inflammation, including reactions to foods, fabrics, or chemicals (if it is difficult to figure out what causes the reaction, work with a specialist in allergies to identify possible causes).

While you may tan very well, minimizing sun exposure and 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, leading to an increased number of blackheads.
  • 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 that are good:

To decrease skin inflammation:
  • Aloe vera
  • Arctium lappa (burdock root)
  • Boswellia serrata
  • Chamomile
  • Cucumber
  • Dexpanthenol (provitamin B5)
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)
  • Licochalone,
  • Mallow
  • Niacinamide
  • Red algae
  • Rose water
  • Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid, or BHA)
  • Silymarin
  • Sulfacetamide
  • Sulfur
  • Tea tree oil
  • Zinc

To diminish acne:
  • Azelaic acid
  • Benzoyl peroxide (unless you experience facial redness)
  • Resorcinol (dark-skinned OSPTs should use with caution)
  • Retinol
  • Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid, or BHA)
  • Tea tree oil (can cause allergy in some people)

To prevent dark spots:
  • Niacinamide

To lighten dark spots:
  • Arbutin
  • Azelaic acid
  • Bearberry extract
  • Cucumber extract
  • Epilobium angustifolium (willow herb)
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)
  • Kojic acid
  • Mulberry extract
  • Resorcinol (dark-skinned OSPTs should use with caution)
  • Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid, or BHA)

Ingredients to avoid:

Can promote acne:
  • Butyl stearate
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Cocos nucifera (coconut oil)
  • Decyl oleate
  • Isocetyl stearate
  • Isopropyl isostearate
  • Isopropyl myristate
  • Isopropyl palmitate
  • Isostearyl isostearate,
  • Isostearyl neopentanoate
  • Jojoba oil
  • Myristyl myristate
  • Myristyl propionate
  • Octyl palmitate
  • Octyl stearate
  • Peppermint oil
  • Xanthenes (red color found in blush)
  • Monoazoanilines (red color found in blush)
  • Fluorans (red color found in blush)
  • Indigoids (red color found in blush)

Can be too harsh If you have sensitive skin, allergies, or rashes:
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Fragrances
  • Lanolin
  • Parabens
  • Propylene glycol-2 (PPG-2)
  • Avobenzone (found in sunscreens)
  • Benzophenones (e.g. oxybenzone, found in sunscreen)
  • Butyl methoxydibenzoyl methane (found in sunscreen)
  • Isopropyldibenzoylmethane (found in sunscreen)
  • Methylbenzylidene camphor (found in sunscreen)
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate (found in sunscreen)
  • Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA, found in sunscreen)
  • Phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid (found in sunscreen)

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]