SkinEnneagram Type 2
An Oily Skin Type. Sensitive with Possible Sun Damage and breakouts.
Helper skin types tend to be a "tad" overeager when it comes to the giving department. And these are definitely not the gifts we'd asked for! This overzealous trait produces more oil and breakouts and can cause chaos on our skin. Even though Helper skin types are quite "giving," it is not without being quite particular when it comes to likes and dislikes. This can be anything from make-up products, skincare products, or other environmental factors, like the sun. And you know what they say, if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy! We said Helper skin types are giving, not necessarily healthy.
When it comes down to it, Helper skin types just want to be appreciated, and the best way to do that is by acknowledging sensitivities and sticking to a routine. It's essential not to take advantage of this delicate skin type, making some products more irritating than helpful! Type 2's will also likely experience some post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIP) which is those annoying red-marks after that monster pimple finally decided to Vamonos!
Your first goal should be to call a truce with your Helper Skin Type and help rebuild and nourish the skin barrier to decrease irritability and lower the defense! It may take a little time to build some trust, but once you do, your Type 2 skin will realize giving too much isn't always a good thing, and giving just a little means more!
Characteristics of A Helper
Oily, Enlarged Pores
Where's that oil shut-off button? If skin came with one, you'd definitely be reaching for it! Unfortunately, your skin hasn't received the memo and likes to keep your face well lubricated. Not to worry, using a gentle, not irritating cleanser that targets your skin's oil production like one with salicylic acid (BHA) will do the trick. Avoid harsh cleaners and ones that heavily foam even though it may seem like your skin needs to be stripped of the oil valve, but this will only lead to more sensitivity and breakouts.
Red, Sensitive Skin
Your skin's overall sensitivity level leads to a vicious cycle of breakouts followed by a red mark which can last months. It's important to note that PIP or Post Inflammation Pigmentation is not a scar, rather a little reminder of a blemish, cut or burn. Sun exposure can further accentuate PIP, so SPF should be a go-to in your skincare routine. Your skin is also highly reactive to certain ingredients, and unfortunately, there is no rhyme or reason and will take some investigation. However, there are some common triggers: foaming products, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and possibly fragrances, Lanolin, Benzoyl peroxide, or Parabens.
Because your skin gets an A+ in the oil production department, you can likely skip the moisturizer and spot any skin areas that feel dry or tight. While it may seem that your skin needs a good "scrub," extreme exfoliation like facial brushes and textured products will lead to redness and more dark spots. Your best bets are products containing salicylic acid (BHA's), Glycolic acid (AHA), and retinoids.