An important thing I’ve learned since diving into the world of obsessively reading ingredient lists and embracing food on my face is that not every product works for everyone. Skin types of dry, combo, and oily aside, even “natural” beauty has its irritation risks as some people are more sensitive to certain ingredients than others. Plus, essential oils are super concentrated.
With that in mind, not everything that works for me may work for you! But I dearly hope it does. As far as I have been able to deduce so far, the tune of my skin goes:
Sadly yes. This has been my on-and-off nemesis since middle school, and now I am looking into treating it holistically inside and out. In order of commonness for whiteheads: cheeks, chin, upper lip, forehead. I typically have two or three whiteheads somewhere and some strange baby ones on my cheeks (irritation?). Blackheads adamantly reside on my nose.
Aside from products my skin doesn’t like, the most common causes appear to be hormones (chin/jaw), stress (jaw/neck), and diet (cheeks).
Dry or combo or oily?
Dry in the winter, especially cheeks. Oilier in summer, but never as far as being able to go without moisturizing. Basically, I am your common combo.
Color and undertone?
I am Chinese, so my undertone is the typical yellow, but compared to most Asians I know, I’m a bit pinker or blotchier (poor circulation?). Also, as of early 2013, I do have a good amount of acne scars on my cheeks, so my face is probably a bit rosier than it actually is. As far as color, fair-light in winter, light-barely medium in summer.
Sensitivities or allergies?
Coconut oil may have been the source of a nasty breakout summer of 2012, but I am most likely at fault for experimenting with not the purest form of coconut oil. As far I know, I am not allergic to anything.
I am in my early 20’s, so I probably still fall in the category of teenage, puberty-ful skin.