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Baumann Skin Classification System

Baumann skin typing system

Many people like to try different skincare products to find what suits them best. However, consumers can’t try all the products available due to limited time and money. Is there a skin classification that can help consumers choose the right skincare product for their skin type?

Readers familiar with personality analysis may have heard of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI divides personality into 16 types with different behavioral and thinking patterns. Does the skin have a similar classification system?

Dr. Leslie Baumann developed a skin classification system that categorizes skin into 16 different types, similar to the MBTI personality analysis. Dr. Baumann used a scoring method to classify skin into four characteristics: dry or oily (D-Dry, O-Oily), sensitive or resistant (R-Resistant, S-Sensitive), non-pigmented or pigmented (N-Non-pigmented, P-Pigmented), and tight or wrinkled (T-Tight, W-Wrinkle). Different categories have different characteristics, and skincare products should be chosen accordingly.

However, the binary classification system used by the classification system has a weakness in that some skin types may be difficult to classify, such as those in the gray area between two categories. Additionally, skin characteristics may change over time or due to medication use or aging, making the classification system less effective. Moreover, even within the same skin type, different people may have different reactions to certain ingredients, which the classification system cannot account for.

Regardless, classification methods can help consumers choose skincare products that suit their skin type, reducing the chance of wasting money on inappropriate products. However, if you have skin problems, it’s best to consult a dermatologist for advice.