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Assessing Skin Type

Color, Laxity, Oiliness, Fragility, Thickness

COLOR

- Amount of pigmentation

- Fitzpatrick scale I-VL

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- Dark skin = higher potential for

   postinflammatory hyperpigmentation

 

LAXITY

- Sagging skin

   - Thin skin = wrinkles

   - Thin skin = jowling

- Indicators of depletion of collagen and

   elastin

 

 

OILINESS

- Amount of sebum

   - Excess = oily

   - Average = normal

   - Below average = dry

- Excess oil acts like “ sebaceous glue”

   - Prevents normal shedding of the stratum

      corneum, skin’s outermost layer

- Inhibits proper penetration of topical agents

 

 

FRAGILITY

- Fragile skin is not the same as sensitive skin

   - Quick to show weakness and damage

   - Lack of skin integrity

- Occurs in all skin colors and thicknesses

- May require 2 to 3 more skin conditioning

  cycles than normal skin

 

THICKNESS

- Defines the depth of the epidermis and

   dermis

- “Pinch” test

   - Age skin = slow to return to normal

   - Younger skin = snaps back

- Post “pinch” test, describe skin depth

   - Thin

   - Medium –thick

   - Thick

 

 

Obagi Systems and Products are physician-dispensed and should be used only under the guidance of your skin care physician. Please contact your Obagi skin care physician for more information.

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