Baumann Skin Type 1: DSPT

The DSPT Skin Type is Dry, Sensitive, Pigmented, and Tight, with three barriers to skin health: dehydration, inflammation, and pigmentation. While dry, sensitive skin can require extra care, DSPT skin types can be on the road to healthier, happier skin with a skincare routine that includes the right moisturizers and skin-soothing ingredients.

What Are the Benefits of Having the DSPT Skin Type?

DSPT skin types are either under 30 or are older and have a long history of practicing good lifestyle habits like staying out of the sun and tanning beds and wearing daily sunscreen. This is what gives DSPT skin its “tight” characteristic, meaning that your skin is not prone to wrinkles. Keep up these good sun protection habits, as well as managing stress, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking, to maintain your smooth, wrinkle-free skin.

What Are the Cons of Having the DSPT Skin Type?

Like other dry skin types, DSPT skin has an impaired skin barrier. This allows moisture to escape from the skin into the atmosphere, and also allows irritants and allergens to easily reach your skin. A barrier repair cream that uses MLE technology is the best way to repair an impaired skin barrier and restore healthy hydration and protection to your skin.

DSPT skin is also sensitive, or prone to inflammation. Inflammation is the root cause or contributor to a variety of skin problems, including acne, eczema, and rosacea. Because of this, DSPT skin types often struggle with acne breakouts, redness, and other inflammatory skin conditions. 

Finally, DSPT skin types often struggle with uneven skin tone. Inflammation increases the risk of uneven skin tone caused by dyspigmentation by activating cells called melanocytes to produce more of the pigment melanin. Thus, skin-soothing ingredients that calm inflammation can help to reduce pigmentation concerns. Skin-brightening ingredients like vitamin C and kojic acid can be used to treat existing dark spots.

What Are the Best Skincare Ingredients for DSPT Skin?

The best skincare ingredients for DSPT skin types offer hydration, anti-inflammatory properties, and have skin-brightening effects. Add these ingredients to your skincare regimen:

  • Aloe vera
  • Argan oil
  • Borage seed oil
  • Ceramide
  • Cholesterol
  • Cucumber extract
  • Defensins
  • Dexpanthenol (pro-vitamin B5)
  • Feverfew
  • Glycerin
  • Hydroquinone
  • Licorice extract
  • Macadamia oil
  • Methyl dihydroxybenzoate
  • Myristoyl/Palmitoyl oxostearamide/arachamide mea
  • Niacinamide
  • Pycnogenol
  • Retinol
  • Stearic acid
  • Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate

What Are the Worst Skincare Ingredients for DSPT Skin?

DSPT skin types should avoid ingredients that can dry the skin further or that can trigger inflammation and pigmentation. Ingredients to avoid include:

  • Anionic surfactants
  • Anything causing allergy
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Dimethyl dodecyl amido betaine
  • Hard water (increased calcium)
  • Isopropyl myristate
  • Lauryl sulphates
  • Mechanical exfoliation
  • Sodium dodecyl sulfate
  • Sodium laurel sulfate

What Types of Products Should DSPT Skin Types Use?

DSPT skin types should use a moisturizing, non-foaming cleanser to gently remove dirt, oil, and makeup without causing dryness or irritation. Consider using filtered water or cleansing water when rinsing your face if you are prone to redness and irritation. A barrier repair moisturizer like Zerafite that uses MLE technology will work to repair the damaged skin barrier and rehydrate your skin.

Look for products that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients like argan oil, niacinamide, and feverfew to help calm inflammation and better manage acne, eczema, and other skin conditions. Antioxidant ingredients like vitamin C, resveratrol, and polyphenols offer protection from damage caused by free radicals, making these ingredients good choices for DSPT skin.

All skin types, including DSPT, should always wear a daily sunscreen. DSPT skin types generally do well with moisturizing physical sunscreen.


What Types of Products Should DSPT Skin Types Avoid?

DSPT skin types should avoid using foaming cleansers, as these strip away the skin’s natural oils and cause dryness and flaking. 

While retinoids can help DSPTs with acne, these ingredients need to be introduced to sensitive skin slowly and gradually and should be applied on top of a barrier repair moisturizer at first. Do not use a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid (HA) when starting retinoids, as HA increases the penetration of treatment ingredients and can therefore worsen side effects until your skin has had a chance to adapt to your new retinoid regimen.

What Cosmetic Procedures are Good for DSPT Skin Types?

DSPT skin types who struggle with acne can be good candidates for a chemical peel that uses glycolic acid and skin skin-brightening ingredients. Glycolic acid is a type of chemical exfoliant that removes the outer layer of dead skin cells, dirt, and debris from your skin without using harsh, abrasive physical exfoliation that could make irritation and acne worse.

DSPT skin types with rosacea may benefit from vascular lasers or red light therapy to treat redness and visible blood vessels.

DSPT (Dry, Sensitive, Pigmented and Tight) Skin Type

Though DSPT skin can require some extra attention at times, the proper skincare regimen that contains a barrier repair moisturizer, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and skin-brightening ingredients can repair all three barriers to skin health that DSPT types face. 

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