16 Baumann Skin Types

What is the Baumann Skin Type? Discover Your Custom Skin Care Regimen

The Baumann Skin Type System is a skin type classification system used by dermatologists and skin care experts to divide the skin into 16 distinct skin types in order to prescribe the best skin care regimen for their patients. It was first described by dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann in her New York Times bestselling book The Skin Type Solution (Bantam 2006) and the dermatology textbooks Cosmetic Dermatology and Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine.

Knowing your Baumann Skin Type® is the best way to assess your skin health and make sure you are using the best skin care products for your skin type.

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 type will match one of each of these categories.  To find out what type of skin you have- it is best to take the skin type quiz.  If you want to try and guess, chose one letter of the two choices from each section below. 


D= Dehydration or Dry Skin or O = Oily skin or Normal skin  

(“Combination skin types” fall into either the D or O category in the Baumann Skin Typing System so choose which best describes your skin the way it is today.  Confused?  Read this)

S= Sensitive Skin or R= Resistant Skin

(choose S if you have acne, inflammation, redness, stinging or frequent rashes on the face).

P= Uneven skin pigment (dark spots on face) or N= No dark spots

Choose P if you have melasma, sunspots, or dark spots you want to get rid of.

W= Wrinkle-prone or T= Tight unwrinkled skin & healthy habits

(Choose W if you are over 30 or you get a lot of sun exposure or you smoke)

To find your skin type, put the chosen letter from each section above together to identify your 4 letter Baumann Skin Type on the skin type chart.  For example, DSNW. 

(Note that taking the skin type quiz is better than guessing because you will receive specific skincare regimen advice once you complete the skin type quiz.

Why Do I Need To Know My Baumann Skin Type To Improve My Skin Health?

Unless you are Baumann Skin Type 10, which is the healthiest skin type, you have underlying issues affecting your skin’s health.  Every product that you put on your skin affects your skin condition.  The ingredients you should use on your skin and the ingredients that you should avoid all depend upon your Baumann Skin Type.  The best way to have healthy glowing skin is to know your true skin type and use the right products that will really work for you and will not cause skin irritation.  Please do not guess! 

There is an 80% chance you are wrong about your skin type!


Why Are Most People Wrong About Their Skin Type?

Most people only think about one aspect of their skin issues when guessing their skin type.  For example- you may think your skin type is dry or oily- but this is only the type of the iceberg.  To level up your skin care routine- you need to consider 4 main issues that affect skin health when determining your skin type.

Baumann Skin Type Classification System


You can learn more about each skin type by fining your 4 letter skin type number below:


Dry (D) vs Oily (O) Skin Types

Sensitive (S) vs Resistant (R)

  • How to Identify:
  • Why is My Skin Sensitive or Resistant?
    • Sensitive skin is susceptible to inflammation
    • Resistant skin rarely gets redness, pimples or rashes.
  • Products for sensitive skin
    • Look for soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients
    • Soothing cleansers
    • Soothing moisturizers
  • Products for resistant skin

Pigmented (P) vs No dark spots (N)

Wrinkle-Prone (W) or Tight (T)

How to Find Your Custom Skin Type

This is easy- take the skin type quiz!  At the end of the quiz, you will be given a suggested skincare routine with exact product recommendations.  If you add a doctor/ medical provider code- the products that will be suggested to you will be the ones chosen and recommended by your dermatologist, doctor, or medical provider.

We know your skin is unique. Learn about your custom skincare regimen and how you can further customize your skincare routine to match your personal 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 take the skin type quiz, you will receive a suggested skincare routine that is customized for your skin type and lifestyle habits.  You will then have a chance to adjust and further customize the regimen by choosing from other products for various brands that have been tested and are right for your skin type and work well with the other products in the regimen.  You can choose by price, band, or other filters such as vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, clean, safe for the environment and non-toxic.

The important point is- once you take the quiz- you can be certain that the skincare options you are given

  • 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.

So- be confident that you are using the right skincare products for your skin. 

 Take the quiz now.

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