The ORNW skin type is one of 16 unique skin types identified in the Baumann Skin Typing System, a dermatologist-developed skin typing system created by professor Leslie Baumann in 2005. If you have oily, resistant, non-pigmented, and wrinkled skin, your Baumann skin type is ORNW.
Although you may struggle with signs of aging, your skin is also very resilient; this means you can use all sorts of actives to target the issues you want to correct. Retinol may be a good addition to your skincare routine–but more on that later.
This post is part of a series on the Baumann Skin Typing System, a dermatologist-developed skin typing system with 16 different skin types. If you are a ORNW skin type, keep reading; if not, take our quiz to find your unique skin type!
On this post:
- What is the Baumann Skin Typing System?
- What are the 16 Baumann skin types?
- The ORNW skin type: How to identify it
- How to care for ORNW skin
What is the Baumann Skin Typing System?
The Baumann Skin Type Indicator, or Baumann Skin Typing System, is a skin type classification system created by dermatology professor Leslie Baumann. It was first unveiled in the book “The Skin Type Solution”, published in 2005, and it’s since taken the world of beauty by storm.
Rather than rely on the traditional skin types we’re all familiar with (think dry, normal, or oily skin), the Baumann system is based around skin characteristics. According to Leslie Baumann, each person can be placed on either side of these four parameters, resulting in a unique skin type:
- Oily (O) versus Dry (D)
- Sensitive (S) versus Resistant (R)
- Pigmented (P) versus Nonpigmented (N)
- Wrinkled (W) versus Tight or Unwrinkled (T)
What are the 16 Baumann skin types?
In the table below, you will be able to find the 16 Baumann skin types, divided by the two characteristics that are often easier to identify: Oily (O) versus Dry (D) skin, and Sensitive (S) versus Resistant (R) skin:
ORNW → you are here
The ORNW skin type: How to identify it
The ORNW skin type is oily, resistant, non-pigmented, and wrinkled. Here’s what that means, in greater detail:
The main difference between oily and dry skin is the amount of sebum produced by the skin, which, in turn, can affect the skin’s moisture balance. Oily skin is the least problematic of the two, according to the Baumann system, but it’s still not without issue. The major complaints associated with oily skin include excess shine, dilated pores and, occasionally, the development of acne.
There’s sensitive skin, and then there’s everything-proof skin, resisting everything from daily aggressions to highly concentrated skincare products. Resistant skin doesn’t need a lot of pampering–its only downside is that it may be resistant even to the positive effects of skincare actives when used in low concentrations.
This skin type doesn’t have any concerns associated with unwanted pigmentation–think dark spots and patches, melasma, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). This is a great situation to be in, and you may want to put some effort into maintaining it. A good way to prevent the development of dark spots is to use sunscreen every day–even when it’s cloudy!
In the Baumann system, “Wrinkled” skin isn’t just affected by wrinkles; it’s also affected by other signs of aging, such as dullness, loss of elasticity and firmness, and just an overall “aged” and “tired” look. Skin aging is inevitable, but there’s still a lot you can do to minimize signs of aging if that’s a priority for you.
How to care for ORNW skin
If your skin type is ORNW, you have oily, resistant, non-pigmented, and wrinkled skin. Because your skin is oily and resilient, you may be able to get away with using a lot of actives in your routine–but we recommend focusing on just a couple. When putting together a skincare routine for your ORNW skin type, try building around retinol and exfoliating acids with the following products:
- A gentle but effective cleanser, to purify your skin without drying it out;
- An exfoliating toner, to rebalance your skin and kick off the anti-aging action;
- A retinol serum for evening use. Feel free to complement it with a hydrating serum or moisturizer;
- A very high protection sunscreen for dark spot prevention.
Discover your ORNW skincare routine now:
To help you out, we’ve put together two ORNW skincare routines you can try. They are both retinol-based, but the second routine is slightly different. How? It’s all-vegan, so it’ll match not only your skincare needs, but also your lifestyle choices:
The Baumann Skin Typing System may seem a little complicated at first, but it’s a simple, intuitive way to classify skin types based on 4 characteristics that everyone can understand. If you are a ORNW skin type, you know your skin is oily, resistant, non-pigmented, and wrinkled; following the routines above, you will be able to care for your skin according to its specific needs. Still need a little help? Then don’t hesitate to contact our beauty experts; we’ll be glad to help!
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