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 needs to hydrate but has difficulty finding products that will not cause a reaction. You don’t tan well and should avoid sun exposure. If you have no wrinkles even when you age, you probably took good care of yourself by avoiding the sun, not smoking, and having a diet rich in antioxidants.

The dryness and sensitivity of this skin type can often lead to eczema. Your skin type typically suffers from skin allergies. You may not be able to wear earrings that are not real gold or platinum because of a nickel allergy. People with a family history of allergies or asthma may also be prone to developing eczema. An allergy test by a professional can help identify possible triggers as can a food and skin care product diary, but you can address symptoms by avoiding sensitizing ingredients and using helpful ones that reduce inflammation and help rebuild the skin barrier.


The focus of your skin care should be to calm inflammation, rebuild the skin barrier, and hydrate the skin. At any point in time, you may have to deal with just dryness, redness and stinging, or allergies, and it may change from day-to-day due to changes in the environment. You should adjust your skin care depending on which condition you’re dealing with:

Skin Care IQ will help you find good products and ingredients for your skin.
  • Acne: see a dermatologist (avoid OTC products with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid that can dehydrate and irritate skin).
  • Inflammation: avoid irritants and apply products with anti-inflammatory ingredients
  • Dry: apply moisturizer immediately after baths or showers to hold in water, use moisturizers with ingredients that hold in water, apply heavy moisturizers and/or moisturize frequently in dry climates (e.g. in the winter)
  • Calm: prevent wrinkles by protecting the skin barrier by applying sunscreen and incorporating anti-oxidants into your skin care and diet.

Maintain and protect the skin barrier by:

Say no to bad things for your skin like smoking, sun exposure, and a poor diet.
  • Avoiding dryness which can cause itching and damage the skin barrier
  • Avoiding chemicals like (foaming) detergents that can strip away fatty acids
  • Avoiding water immersion for long periods (e.g. long, hot baths, ocean swims, chlorinated pools)
  • Avoiding sun exposure that can damage the skin barrier in several ways and can increase chances of developing non-melanoma skin cancer.

Ingredients to look for:

To prevent dark spots:

  • Cocos nucifera (coconut extract), unless you have acne
  • Cucumber
  • Niacinamide
  • Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
  • Saxifraga sarmentosa extract (strawberry begonia)
  • Soy

To lighten dark spots:

  • Arbutin
  • Cucumber extract
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)
  • Hydroquinone
  • To prevent inflammation:
  • Aloe vera
  • Chamomile
  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Cucumber
  • Dexpanthenol (pro-vitamin B5)
  • Epilobium angustifolium (willow herb)
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Feverfew
  • Perilla leaf extract
  • Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract)
  • Red algae
  • Thyme
  • Trifolium pretense (red clover)

To hydrate:

  • Borage seed oil
  • Castor oil
  • Ceramide
  • Cholesterol
  • Cocoa butter (avoid if you have acne)
  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Dexpanthenol (pro-vitamin B5)
  • Dimethicone
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Glycerin
  • Jojoba oil
  • Olive oil
  • Pumpkin seed oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Stearic acid and other fatty acids
  • Sunflower oil

Ingredients to avoid:

Can strip the skin of lipids and cause irritation:

  • Dimethyl dodecyl amido
  • Lauryl sulfates
  • Sodium dodecyl betaine sulfate
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate Can promote acne:
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Cocos nucifera (coconut oil)
  • Isopropyl isostearate
  • Isopropyl myristate
  • Peppermint oil

Can cause skin reactions (preservatives):

  • Benzalkonium chloride
  • Bronopol
  • Chloroacetamide
  • Chlorocresol
  • Chlorohexidine
  • Chloroquinaldol
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Dibromodicyanobutane (phenoxyethanol)
  • Dichlorophen
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Formaldehyde
  • Glutaraldehyde
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Kathon CG
  • Parabens
  • Phenylmercuric acetate
  • Quaternium-15
  • Sorbic acid
  • Thimerosal
  • Triclosan

Can cause a skin reaction (sunscreen ingredient):

  • Benzophenone
  • Methoxycinnamate
  • Padimate
  • Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)

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]