16 Baumann Skin Types

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What are the 16 Baumann Skin Types? The Baumann Skin Type Classification System is the skin type classification system used by dermatologists in their medical offices to divide the skin into 16 distinct skin types in order to prescribe the best skin care regimen for their patients.  

You can now take the Baumann Skin Type skin care quiz online or find a doctor near you.

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Once you know your Baumann Skin Type you can:

know your Baumann skin type

The Baumann Skin Typing System is diagnosed using a validated questionnaire used worldwide for skin research.

The Baumann Skin Type Quiz is only available to you in two places: 

(Do not trust any other quiz that claims to determine the Baumann Skin Type because there are many copycats using nonscientific quizzes. Ours is constantly updated and improved with our research findings on over 300,000 patients.)

I have been researching and developing the Baumann Skin Typing System and developing skin care routines for each Baumann Skin Type since I was a Professor at the University of Miami in 2004.

The routines have been used and tested in dermatology offices since 2014. The dermatologist developed skin care routines work with many medical grade skin care brands.

The Baumann skin typing system was first revealed publicly in my  New York Times bestselling book The Skin Type Solution (Bantam 2006) and has been included in  many medical textbooks including Fitzpatrick Dermatology in General Medicine  and Cosmetic Dermatology. (Refs 1-9)

16 Baumann skin types


What Are the 16 Baumann Skin Types?

Each skin type is determined by the presence or absence of 4 barriers to skin health.  Your skin care routine will be designed to target the underlying barriers to skin health that are affecting your skin's health and appearance. Your skin care routine will target all of the following skin issues you may have:

  • Dehydration
  • Excess sebum
  • Inflammation
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Skin aging

Our goal is to help you improve your skin type by using the best skin care products layered in the proper order in your custom skin care routine.

What do the 4 letters in the Baumann Skin Typing System mean?

Your 4-letter skin type designation code, called the Baumann Skin Type Indicator, takes one letter from each section above together to represent your Baumann Skin Type on the skin type chart. 

For example, DSNW is dry, sensitive, no uneven pigment, and wrinkle-prone. 

What Number Skin Type am I?

Baumann skin type letter results

To find your Baumann Skin Type- take the quiz and then you can shop for products based on your skin type.

Click on a Baumann Skin Type below to learn more:

How to Find Your Custom Skin Care Routine for Your Baumann Skin Type

Once you know your Baumann Skin Type, you will be given a custom skincare routine with exact product recommendations in a step by step morning and evening skin care routine.  We will recommend our favorite product for each step of the routine but you can change the product easily. You can choose from a list of products that are right for your skin type for each step of the routine.  This allows you to choose products that are right for your skin type but also match your budget and preferences.

Vegan? No problem.  Looking for “clean” products, gluten-free or cruelty-free. Our customizable routines will allow you to choose based on your beliefs and still ensure that the skincare products are right for you!

Once you know your Baumann Skin Type, we will empower you to make better skin care decisions. You will receive a suggested skincare routine that is customized for your skin type and lifestyle habits.  You will also receive educational material so you can learn more about what YOUR skin needs.

You can be confident that the skincare products that are recommended to you:

  • Are beneficial to your skin type
  • Are not harmful to your skin type
  • Have been tested by dermatologists in a full skincare routine 
  • Have been tested by dermatologists on patients with your same skin type
  • Layer on top of each other without decreasing the effectiveness of other products in the regimen
  • Are authentic products from authorized brand distributors
  • The products are stored in an air-conditioned warehouse to keep the ingredients from degrading in heat

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  1. Baumann, L. (2008, 2012, 2019). Cosmetics and Skin Care in Dermatology. Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine. 7t, 8th and 9th New York: McGraw Hill.
  2. Baumann L. Ch. 10 in Baumann’s Cosmetic Dermatology Ed. 3 (McGraw Hill 2022)
  3. Baumann, L. (2006). The skin type solution: a revolutionary guide to your best skin ever. Bantam.
  4. Baumann, L. (2009). The Baumann skin-type indicator: a novel approach to understanding skin type. Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology, 3rd Edition, Informa Healthcare, New York, 29-40.
  5. Baumann, L. (2008). Understanding and treating various skin types: the Baumann Skin Type Indicator. Dermatologic clinics26(3), 359-373.
  6. Castanedo-Tardan, M. P., & Baumann, L. (2009). Ethics of selling skin care. Clinics in dermatology27(4), 355-358.
  7. Baumann, L. (2020). 14 A Scientific Approach to Cosmeceuticals. The Art of Aesthetic Surgery, Three Volume Set: Principles and Techniques.
  8. Baumann, Leslie S. “The Baumann Skin Typing System” in Farage MA, et al. Textbook of Aging Skin. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg (2017): 1579-1594.
  9. Baumann, L. (2009). The Baumann skin-type indicator: a novel approach to understanding skin type. Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology, 3rd Edition, Informa Healthcare, New York, 29-40.


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