Baumann Skin Type 15: DRPW

The DRPW Skin Type is Dry, Resistant, Pigmented, and Wrinkled, with three barriers to skin health: dehydration, pigmentation, and aging. A common skin type, DRPW skin can fit a number of profiles, including:

  1. A person younger than 30 years old with dry skin who is often in the sun without SPF.
  2. A person over 30 with photoaging.
  3. A person with dry skin and melasma, usually female.

What Are the Benefits of Having the DRPW Skin Type?

DRPW is resistant, meaning that inflammation, redness, stinging, and burning are not issues for this skin type. Inflammatory skin conditions like acne and rosacea are also not typically a concern for resistant skin types like DRPW.

What Are the Cons of Having the DRPW Skin Type?

Dehydration, pigmentation, and signs of aging are the main concerns for DRPW skin. Dehydration and dryness are caused by an impaired skin barrier, which can be repaired with a barrier repair moisturizer that uses MLE technology to mimic the natural lipid structure of the skin’s barrier. 

Pigmentation concerns such as dark spots and uneven skin tone occur when melanocytes produce too much melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its color. DRPW types who are over 30 or have a history of not using sunscreen experience signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles.

What Are the Best Skincare Ingredients for DRPW Skin?

The best skincare ingredients for DRPW skin types provide hydration, brighten dark spots, and address signs of aging. Some of the best ingredients to look for include:

  • Ascorbic acid
  • Borage seed oil
  • Glycerin
  • Glycolic acid
  • Grape seed extract
  • Hexylresorcinol
  • Hydroquinone
  • Kojic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Macadamia oil
  • Methyl dihydroxybenzoate
  • Myristoyl/palmitoyl oxostearamide/arachamide mea
  • Niacinamide
  • Phloretin
  • Retinol
  • Shea butter
  • Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • Tranexamic acid

What Are the Worst Skincare Ingredients for DRPW Skin?

DRPWs should avoid skincare ingredients that can make dryness worse. Ingredients to avoid include:

  • Alcohol
  • Anionic detergents
  • Hard water (increased calcium)

What Types of Products Should DRPW Skin Types Use?

DRPWs and other dry skin types should use creamy, non-foaming cleansers that deposit lipids onto the skin. Hydroxy acid cleansers can be used to smooth the skin’s surface, though dry skin types may not be able to tolerate hydroxy acid cleansers daily. Similarly, facial scrubs can improve rough or uneven skin texture, but should only be used two to three times per week.

A barrier repair moisturizer should be used twice daily, ideally over damp skin, to restore proper barrier function. Other treatment products can include skin lighteners, retinoids, antioxidants, and other anti-aging products. 

All Baumann Skin Types, including DRPWs, should use a daily sunscreen of at least SPF 15 or SPF 30 or higher when outdoors.

What Types of Products Should DRPW Skin Types Avoid?

Like other dry skin types, DRPWs should avoid foaming cleansers, which strip away oil from the skin. Other products that can dry the skin such as toners that contain alcohol should also be avoided.

What Cosmetic Procedures Are Good for DRPW Skin Types?

Procedures that target pigmentation and signs of aging such as skin tightening devices, chemical peels, botulinum toxin injections, and dermal fillers can be good options for DRPWs.

When pigmentation is caused by photoaging, pigmented lesion lasers, resurfacing lasers, and IPL treatments can be used. However, DRPWs with melasma should avoid blue light, IPL, and lasers, as these treatments can worsen melasma.

Dry, Resistant, Pigmented and Wrinkled Skin Type

DRPWs have a common skin type, with dryness, uneven skin tone, and signs of aging their primary concerns. However, following the proper skincare routine and adopting good sun protection habits can leave DRPWs with healthy, smooth skin.

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