Baumann Skin Type 2: DSNT

DSNT Skin Type

The DSNT Skin Type is Dry, Sensitive, Non-pigmented, and Tight, with two barriers to skin health: dehydration and inflammation. While dry, sensitive skin can be a challenge for this skin type, the right skincare regimen that includes a barrier repair moisturizer and anti-inflammatory ingredients can leave DSNT types well on their way to healthier, clearer skin.

What Are the Benefits of Having the DSNT Skin Type?

DSNT skin types only have two of the four barriers to skin health, so pigmentation and wrinkles are a non-issue for you. Continue practicing good sun-protection habits like wearing daily sunscreen and avoiding indoor and outdoor tanning to maintain smooth, even, and wrinkle-free skin. 

What Are the Cons of Having the DSNT Skin Type?

DSNT and other dry Baumann Skin Types have an impaired skin barrier, which means that the protective barrier between your skin and the environment is not able to properly do its job. An impaired skin barrier results in moisture loss and inflammation caused by allergens and irritants that are able to penetrate the outer layer of skin. To repair a damaged skin barrier, use a barrier repair cream that uses MLE technology that mimics the natural lipids found in healthy skin.

As a sensitive skin type, DSNT skin is also prone to inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, eczema, rosacea, and others. Skin-soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, feverfew, and chamomile can help to calm inflammation.

What Are the Best Skincare Ingredients for DSNT Skin?

The best skincare ingredients for DSNT skin types provide crucial hydration and calming properties to combat dryness and inflammation. Because acne is a common concern for DSNT skin, your dermatologist may also recommend acne treatment ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil.

In general, look for ingredients like:

  • Allantoin
  • Argan oil
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Borage seed oil
  • Ceramides
  • Chamomile
  • Cholesterol
  • Cucumber
  • Dexpanthenol (pro-vitamin B5)
  • Macadamia oil
  • Myristoyl/Palmitoyl oxostearamide/arachamide mea
  • Niacinamide
  • Panthenol
  • Stearic acid
  • Tamanu oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Willow bark

What Are the Worst Skincare Ingredients for DSNT Skin?

The worst ingredients for DSNT skin are those that will cause dryness or irritation to already dry and sensitive skin. Avoid ingredients like:

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


What Types of Products Should DSNT Skin Types Use?

The best skincare products for DSNT skin include a moisturizing, non-foaming cleanser, a barrier repair moisturizer that uses MLE technology, and products that contain anti-inflammatory and/or antioxidant ingredients. If you tend to develop redness and irritation when you wash your face, consider using filtered water or a cleansing water to rinse your face, as the calcium and other minerals in hard tap water can cause irritation in some sensitive skin types.

All 16 Baumann Skin Types should use a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, or 30 or higher when outdoors. DSNT types often tolerate moisturizing physical sunscreens well.

What Types of Products Should DSNT Skin Types Avoid?

Dry skin types like DSNT should not use foaming cleansers, because they are formulated to control excess oil in oily skin types. Thus, a foaming cleanser will strip away the natural oils that your skin does produce, causing even more dryness and redness.

Retinoids can be a good choice for acne-prone DSNT skin types, though you will need to introduce retinoids to your skin slowly and gradually, starting with applications once every three days. During this acclimation process, do not use a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid, because hyaluronic acid will increase the penetration of the retinoid, making side effects like dryness and flaking worse. Instead, start by applying retinoids on top of a barrier repair moisturizer like Zerafite to slow the absorption rate.

What Cosmetic Procedures Are Good for DSNT Skin Types?

Because inflammatory skin conditions like acne and rosacea are some of the most common problems for DSNT skin types, treatment procedures are often aimed at resolving these conditions. 

If you have DSNT skin and are struggling with acne, a glycolic acid chemical peel can be an effective treatment option. DSNT types with rosacea can benefit from vascular lasers or red light therapy to treat redness and visible blood vessels.

DSNT (Dry, Sensitive, Non-pigmented and Tight) Skin Type

The dryness and sensitivity that DSNT skin types struggle with can be resolved with consistent use of a barrier repair moisturizer and anti-inflammatory ingredients, as well as acne or rosacea treatments when needed. Once these two barriers to skin health are under control, DSNT skin types can enjoy a healthy, clear complexion!

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