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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Your skin care regimen should focus on avoiding inflammation and addressing unwanted skin pigmentation, 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.
  • Pigmentation can also be affected by hormone levels.

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 diminish acne:

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Retinol (minimize and prevent wrinkles)
  • Tea tree oil
  • Zinc

To diminish inflammation:

  • Aloe vera (also has antioxidants)
  • Arnica
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile (also has antioxidant properties)
  • Colloidal oatmeal
  • Cucumber
  • Dexpanthenol (provitamin B5)
  • Epilobium angustifolium (willow herb)
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Feverfew
  • Green tea (an antioxidant)
  • Licochalone (anti-inflammatory)
  • Perilla leaf extract
  • Pycnogenol (pine bark extract)
  • Red algae
  • Thyme
  • Trifolium pretense (red clover)
  • Zinc

To prevent or lighten dark spots:

  • Arbutin
  • Bearberry extract
  • Cucumber
  • Glysyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)
  • Kojic acid
  • Hydroquinone (for minimizing pigmentation, but don’t use when your skin is red or inflamed)
  • Mulberry extract
  • Niacinamide (vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, also anti-aging)

To prevent wrinkles:

  • Basil
  • Caffeine
  • Carrot extract
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Copper peptide
  • Cucumber
  • Curcumin (tetrahydracurcumin or turmeric)
  • Ferulic acid
  • Feverfew
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Grape seed extract
  • Green tea, white tea
  • Idebenone
  • Lutein
  • Lycopene
  • Pomegranate
  • Pycnogenol (pine bark extract)
  • Rosemary
  • Silymarin
  • Trifolium pretense, fabaceae (red clover)
  • Vitamin C or ascorbate (an antioxidant, but don’t use this when your skin is red or inflamed)
  • Yucca
  • Z-cote (microfine zinc oxide, found in sunscreen)

Ingredients to avoid:

Can promote acne:

  • Cinnamon oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Cocos nucífera (coconut oil)
  • Isopropyl isostearate
  • Isopropyl myristate
  • Peppermint oil
  • Sodium laurel sulfate
  • 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 for sensitive (red or inflamed) skin:

  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Dimethylaminoethanol
  • Hydroquinone
  • Vitamin C or ascorbate
  • Avobenzone (found in sunscreens)
  • Benzophenones (e.g. oxybenzone, found in sunscreen)
  • Methoxycinnamate (found in sunscreen)
  • Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA, 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]