Baumann Skin Type 8: OSNW

Oily, sensitive, non pigmented, wrinkle prone skin

The OSNW Skin Type is Oily, Sensitive, Non-Pigmented, and Wrinkled, with two barriers to skin health: inflammation and aging. While underlying inflammation combined with excessive oil and clogged pores can often lead to acne for this skin type, OSNWs can fairly easily achieve clear, smooth skin by following the proper skincare and treatment regimen for their skin’s unique characteristics.

What Are the Benefits of Having the OSNW Skin Type?

As an OSNW skin type, you only have two of the four barriers to skin health, so dehydration and pigmentation are typically not concerns for you. Because your skin produces enough sebum, or oil, on its own, it does a good job at retaining moisture and keeping allergens and irritants from penetrating to deeper layers of skin. 

Rather than being caused by an impaired skin barrier like in dry skin types, inflammation for OSNWs is likely caused by the C. acnes bacteria that causes acne or sun exposure.

What Are the Cons of Having the OSNW Skin Type?

The two primary concerns for OSNW types are sensitivity caused by inflammation and signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Inflammation can lead to acne or rosacea, and your treatment advice will be determined by which of these conditions you have. Signs of accelerated aging are also a concern for OSNWs, who may be younger with sun exposure or over the age of 30. 

Most OSNWs fall into one of three common phenotypes:

  1. A younger person with acne who has significant sun exposure (from outdoor sports, for example)
  2. An older person with rosacea and photoaging
  3. An older person with acne

What Are the Best Skincare Ingredients for OSNW Skin?

The best skincare ingredients for OSNW skin types will calm inflammation, treat and prevent acne, and help to smooth away lines and wrinkles while keeping the skin protected from future sun damage. Some of the best ingredients for this skin type include:

  • Allantoin
  • Argan Oil
  • Caffeine
  • Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)
  • Defensins
  • Feverfew
  • Green tea
  • Heparan sulfate
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Licorice extract
  • Niacinamide
  • Panthenol
  • Retinol
  • Salicylic acid
  • Sulfur

What Are the Worst Skincare Ingredients for OSNW Skin?

OSNW skin type should avoid skincare ingredients that can trigger inflammation and clog pores. Some of the most common ingredients to avoid include:

  • Glycolic acid
  • Isopropyl myristate
  • Octyl palmitate
  • Octyl stearate


What Types of Products Should OSNW Skin Types Use?

Like other oily skin types, OSNWs do well with foaming cleansers or salicylic acid cleansers to help control oil and acne. Retinoids are recommended for OSNW skin types, as these ingredients can treat acne and signs of aging. However, if you are an OSNW with rosacea, introduce retinoids to your skincare regimen slowly and gradually to avoid irritation and dryness.

Other treatment products for OSNWs may include anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, or other anti-aging ingredients. 

All Baumann Skin Types, including OSNWs, should wear daily sunscreen. Oily skin types should choose a non-comedogenic sunscreen.

What Types of Products Should OSNW Skin Types Avoid?

OSNW skin types should avoid products that contain pore-clogging ingredients or those that can contribute to irritation, redness, and other signs of inflammation. OSNWs with very oily skin may not need to use a moisturizer at all. Others can skip a morning moisturizer, using only a light moisturizing product at night.

What Cosmetic Procedures Are Good for OSNW Skin Types?

Salicylic acid peels, facial extractions, and HydraFacials are good options for OSNW skin types. 

OSNWs with acne may benefit from blue light, red light, and laser treatments, while those with rosacea may opt for red light, IPL, or laser treatments.

To treat wrinkles and sagging skin, neuromodulator injections like BOTOX and Dysport, dermal fillers, microneedling with PRP, and non-surgical skin-tightening devices can be good options.

Oily, Sensitive, Non-Pigmented and Wrinkled Skin Type

Most OSNWs struggle with either acne or rosacea, along with advanced signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin. With the right treatment products, daily skincare regimen, in-office treatments, and sun protection, however, OSNWs can enjoy a smooth, clear, and younger-looking complexion.

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