What skin type is normal skin?
Normal skin is what we all strive for! It is the best and easiest skin type.
Baumann Skin Type 10 is the perfect skin type that enjoys normal skin.
How to know if I have normal skin?
This validated skin type quiz that dermatologist's use will tell you if you have normal skin.
What is normal skin?
Normal skin has no barriers to skin health.
16 characteristics of normal skin:
- Jello-O like
- Resistant to irritation
Is it rare to have normal skin?
Yes, Baumann Skin Type 10 is the rarest skin type.
Even 80% of people under the age of 20 do not have normal skin. (1)
Normal skin is highly coveted but sometimes out of our grasp- especially if we are using the wrong skincare products for our skin type.
Normal Skin Definition
Normal skin is healthy skin.
It has a smooth surface that reflects light and gives skin a glow because the desquamation process works well.
Normal skin has:
ample amount of collagen to give it strength
elastin to help it bounce back and not sag
resiliency due to a strong immune system
diverse microbiome (3)
Normal skin has an intact skin barrier in the upper layers of the epidermis that helps the skin stay hydrated, even in dry climates.
The blood vessels are not dilated meaning that the skin is calm or “resistant” and there is no inflammation or redness of the skin.
Young healthy skin is strong, thick, and unwrinkled due to high amounts of collagen.
Elastin gives young skin flexibility and the ability to bounce back and not sag.
The skin cells in young normal skin communicate easily with each other via growth factors and cytokines.
Assessment to Diagnose Normal Skin
A normal skin type shows values within the desired “normal” range during a normal skin assessment.
Normal skin measurements taken with bioengineering devices:
Sebum secretion rate of 1- 1.5 mg sebum per 10 cm2 of sebum every 3 hours
Normal L*, a*, b* spectrophotometric color values showing no redness
Transepidermal water loss (TEWL) levels demonstrating an intact skin barrier
Normal Skin hydration measurements (capacitance)
Photography evaluating melanin using the RBX®-Brown transformation based pigmentation indices
Skin Care For Normal Skin
Use a consistent skin care routine every day that is right for your Baumann Skin Type10.
Best Cleanser For Normal Skin
It is important when choosing a face wash for normal skin that you do not do anything to interfere with the skin’s balance.
You already have healthy normal skin so less is more. Use a gel cleanser, not a creamy cleanser or oil cleanser.
There is no reason to use hydroxyacids such as glycolic acid which are used to treat problems that normal skin does not have.
If you have large pores or clogged pores, try a salicylic acid cleanser. However, it is best to follow the steps in the custom skincare routine for normal skin that you build after you take the skin care routine quiz.
Best Moisturizer For Normal Skin
Normal skin does not need a barrier repair moisturizer because your barrier is already healthy and intact.
Instead, look for moisturizers for normal skin with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid will feel light on the skin and give it a plumping effect that helps the skin look dewy.
Normal Skin Care Routine
The most important skincare product for normal skin is a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
Even if all you do is wash your face and apply sunscreen every day- you are helping keep your skin healthy.
Tips for normal skin:
Don't over exfoliate
Don't do skin procedures that you do not need
Follow the normal skincare routine advice that we give you after you receive the quiz results.
Retake the quiz at least annually to make sure that your skin type has not changed.
Skin types do not stay normal for long if you use the wrong skincare products
Stay informed and we will help you keep your healthy beautiful skin.
References on normal skin:
- Based on our data from over 300,000 participants
- Baumann, L. Ch. 10 Baumann Skin Typing System in Baumann's Cosmetic Dermatology 3rd Edition (McGraw Hill, 2022)
- Weisberg, E., Baumann, L. Ch. 4 The Skin Microbiome in Baumann's Cosmetic Dermatology 3rd Edition (McGraw Hill, 2022)