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Skin Analysis

Best Skin Type Analysis Ever. In dermatology practice, Online.

Many studies show that people incorrectly guess their skin type. We aim to empower you to make informed skincare decisions by accurately identifying your skin type using our AI and dermatological questionnaire. The first step to skin health is identifying which of these barriers are preventing you from having your healthiest and most glowing skin.

The 8 Color-Coded Skin Conditions is a dermatological scale developed by Universkin. This analysis applies to facial skin only. It is a revolutionary skin typing system that was developed in 2013 by the Universkin scientific team and unveiled for the first time at the 2015 IMCAS Congress. With more than 1.8 million formulas in 57 possible concentrations, the 8 Color-Coded Skin Conditions assessment has evolved from our scientific team to guide our medical community in choosing the right formula for each skin type. This skin analysis is empowering skin health doctors around the world to provide unbiased and credible information for their patients' skin conditions and compose skincare formulas adapted to their specific skin needs.

Better together: All our doctor community information is shared via the secured platform, skinXs.

The anonymized data collected helped us develop one of the most accurate skin image analysis.


Our online skin type analysis takes 5-7 minutes and will help you accurately identify your skin type. It's a 3-step process that mimics a skin health professional visit. We see, listen, and ask the right questions about your skin.

  1. It all starts by scanning your face photo and getting a preliminary skin analysis.
  2. According to the photo analysis of your face, a dermatological dynamic quiz will focus on going deeper into the skin conditions identified.
  3. A series of questions about allergies and health history will provide additional information that will help us better understand you and your skin.

Retake the skin type quiz every 2 months and adjust your skincare routine accordingly, as your skin type should improve. For best results, follow up with a Universkin approved medical provider.

The 8 Color-Coded Skin Conditions System is used by 1500+ doctors who have been trained by Universkin to be skin typing experts. With the 8 Color-Coded Skin Conditions Analysis, you can discover:

  • Your 8 Color-Coded Skin Conditions Analysis and explanations as to why your skin acts the way it does.
  • Your phototype, according to the Fitzpatrick scale or Fitzpatrick phototyping scale.
  • Skin thickness and sensitivity.
  • The most suitable skincare ingredients for your skin type.

It is important for you to know that your 8-color coded skin analysis can change seasonally and improve with the correct skincare routine.

What is my 8 Colors-Coded Skin Conditions Analysis?

The 8-color alphabet skin condition analysis is based on the presence or absence of these 8 barriers to skin health. If you have any of these skin problems, the best way to make your skin healthier is to target these skin concerns with an entire custom skincare routine designed to eliminate these barriers to healthy skin. To find out which barriers you have and identify the right ingredients to improve skin health, you first need to know your 8 Color Skin Type.

We measure what makes skin unhealthy.

The signs we measure are the 8 main barriers to skin health:

  1. YELLOW Oxidative stress, UV-affected skin

  2. PINK Wrinkles and skin laxity, loosening, enlarged pores, scars

  3. REDNESS Inflammation-prone, fragile and sensitive skin, couperose and rosacea-prone skin

  4. BLUE Skin barrier conditions: dehydrated skin

  5. GREY: Keratinization conditions: Dull skin with bumps, blackheads and whiteheads prone skin

  6. ORANGE Hyperseborrhea or excessive sebum production conditions: Oily skin

  7. BROWN: Hyperpigmentation conditions, such as melasma, dyschromia, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, dark spots or pigment alteration.

  8. GREEN Acne-prone skin conditions.

    Yellow + Pink = Aging skin is wrinkle & laxity-prone skin

    More is being learned every day about the causes of skin aging. Aging skin has molecular pathways that lead to sagging, fragile, and wrinkled skin. There are two main types of aging:

    • Intrinsic aging is caused by your genetics and normal cellular metabolism
    • Extrinsic aging is caused by exposure to sun, light, pollution, and other insults that turn on destructive pathways in the skin that lead to aging.

    Poor lifestyle habits increase the risk of skin aging. Both intrinsic and extrinsic skin aging can be prevented or treated with anti-aging ingredients such as antioxidants and retinoids. Lifestyle habits such as ultraviolet light, stress, lack of fruits and vegetables in the diet, smoking, vaping, and pollution exposure turn on harmful pathways that injure the skin. Inflammation also turns on these aging pathways by causing free radicals that damage cell structures, leading to skin aging. Dehydration can also lead to increased skin aging. We know that cellular senescence, autophagy, and exposure to pollution can also age skin.

    Red + Blue = Inflammation-prone skin + Dehydration

    Red = Inflamed-prone skin is sensitive skin. Sensitive skin is more susceptible to inflammation in the form of acne, rosacea, redness, and stinging. Anti-inflammatory cosmeceutical ingredients soothe inflamed skin, but it is necessary to discover the source of inflammation to treat it properly.

    What is Inflammation? Inflammation occurs when cell signaling molecules cause dilation of blood vessels, leading to skin redness known as erythema. The redness is caused by the fact that you can see more blood through the skin when the blood vessels are bigger.

    What Causes Inflammation? Many different cell signaling molecules cause inflammation, such as cytokines, arachidonic acid, bradykinin, histamine, prostaglandins, activation of Toll-like receptors, and interleukins. In addition to causing dilation of blood vessels, histamine also causes swelling and itching.

    It is complicated to learn all of the inflammation pathways that cause inflammation to occur. The important thing is to know what is causing these inflammatory pathways to get turned on. Once inflammation starts, regardless of the cause, the various pathways can turn each other on, causing an endless cycle of inflammation.

    What types of inflammation are seen on the face? Acne, rosacea, skin stinging, skin itching, skin tenderness, or a pink/red discoloration are all types of inflammation seen on the face. Other types of inflammation can be seen in hypersensitive skin. Skin allergies can also be associated with inflammation.

    Why is inflammation bad for skin health? Inflammation causes free radicals and turns on destructive skin pathways that lead to thinning of the skin and wrinkles. Inflammation also stimulates melanocytes to make pigment(melanin) in skin types prone to an uneven skin tone. Inflamed skin often causes an uneven skin tone and wrinkles.

    Blue = Dehydration

    Dehydrated Skin is Dry Skin. Dehydrated skin contains less water than healthy skin needs. This occurs because there is an increased amount of water that evaporates off the skin. This is known as transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Increased TEWL results in dry, dehydrated skin. An impaired skin barrier allows water to evaporate off the skin. A dehydrated skin with a weak skin barrier is more likely to experience inflammation, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles.

    Why is Skin Dehydration Bad for Skin Health? Dehydrated dry skin feels rough and looks dull. The rough edges of the skin cells cause friction when touching wool, fabric, and other rough surfaces, creating a destructive shearing force on the skin's surface. This leads to small cracks in the skin, allowing entry of irritants, allergens, microbes, chemicals, and pollutants, causing inflammation. Dry skin tends to itch in many people, and scratching the skin leads to inflammation and, in susceptible skin types, dyspigmentation and an uneven skin tone.

    In dehydrated skin, the upper layers of the stratum corneum (outermost layer of the skin) do not desquamate properly and heap up on the surface, making it rough, uneven, and a poor reflector of light. This is why dry skin looks dull and loses radiance. Darker skin types with dry skin get an ashy tone due to the retained transparent dead skin cells seen over pigmented skin cells.

    Skin dehydration causes the other barriers to worsen. In other words, dry skin leads to inflammation, pigmentation, and skin aging. This is why skin dehydration and inflammation are the first targets of any good skincare routine for healthy skin.

    Also, it is important to note that depending on your skin tone (dark vs. fair), the inflammation will be expressed in your skin in a different way: In fair phototypes, it will be expressed as redness, while in darker phototypes, it will be expressed as pigment, as inflammation will trigger melanin creation immediately. This is why darker phototypes are statistically more at risk of developing post-inflammatory pigment alteration than clear phototypes.

    Brown = Pigmentation

    Skin types with dark spots are defined as skin with an uneven skin tone. Uneven skin tone may be called dyschromia, hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, dark spots, or pigment alteration.

    If you have dark spots on the skin and uneven pigmentation, you need skin lightening ingredients to even the melanin distribution in your skin.

    Causes of Dyspigmentation and Hyperpigmentation: An uneven skin tone is caused by excessive production of melanin by skin cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes increase the production of the pigment melanin and/or increase the transfer of melanin-containing melanosomes into skin cells. The increased skin pigment production results in an uneven skin color due to uneven light reflection in different areas of the skin due to differences in the distribution of melanin pigment.

    Skin Problems: An uneven skin tone is caused by many factors. One common cause of an uneven skin tone is inflammation. Inflammation also stimulates melanocytes to make pigment(melanin) in skin types prone to an uneven skin tone. Inflamed skin often causes an uneven skin tone and wrinkles.

    Other skin disorders that cause an uneven skin tone are melasma, acne, eczema, tinea versicolor, hemochromatosis, and any skin disorder that causes inflammation.

    For more information on the skin colors by Universkin, click here.

    Our advice does not replace an in-person or online consult with your physician. Information on this website is provided for educational purposes and does not create a doctor-patient relationship.

    However, if you do not have a Universkin approved physician in your area, we can help you make healthy decisions about your skin.

    We recommend that you begin your personalized skincare routine for at least 8 weeks. Your skin type will improve with the proper formula, and your skincare needs will change.

    Find a Universkin provider by clicking here.