Learning about your skin type is essential before investing in skin care products. With this in mind, you’ll be able to select the best skincare items when you shop.
While cleansing and moisturizing daily are good for all skin types, the specific needs of oily, dry, normal, combination and sensitive skin vary. So, the first thing you should do to take proper care of your skin is to figure out what type it is.
But how can you know your skin type? In this article, we’ll talk about the most common skin types and how to identify it.
Which Skin Types Are Most Common
The four main skin types are normal, dry, oily and combination.
- Normal Skin.
Having “normal” skin indicates that your face is healthy and has a balance between being dry and oily.
- Dry Skin.
In addition to being red and flaky, dry skin often looks dull and gritty. If you have dry skin, you might notice fine lines and a feeling of tightness as soon as you wash your face.
- Oily Skin.
The main thing that makes skin “oily” is that it makes too much sebum, which can happen all year. The natural oils in your skin provide a layer of protection and moisture, which is one advantage of having oily skin. This prevents the appearance of fine wrinkles and keeps skin supple for a longer time. But acne is more likely to happen on oily skin, and too much oil can cause breakouts quickly.
- Combination Skin.
Combination skin, as the name indicates, includes both oily and dry regions. It is common for those with combination skin to have oily skin in their T zone (forehead and nose) and dry skin on their cheeks.
How Do I Determine My Skin Type
- The blotting sheet technique.
Smooth a piece of blotting paper over your face and pat it gently. Check it in front of a bright light. You likely have dry skin if your skin has little to no oil. If the T-zone on your face leaves oil on the sheet, you have combination or normal skin. You undoubtedly have oily skin if your skin absorbs oil from all over your face.
- The bare-faced approach.
Use a mild cleanser to remove any dirt or oil, and pat dry. After 30 minutes, examine your nose, cheeks, and forehead for shine. After another half, an hour, see how your skin reacts to smiling or making other facial expressions. You have dry skin if your skin feels tight and tight, but combination skin if your nose and forehead are oily. If your cheeks, nose, and forehead are always shiny, you have oily skin.
- The pore size examination.
One of the most telling characteristics of your skin is the size of your pores. The size of your pores and how often they get clogged can tell you a lot about how oily your skin is.
Large, clogged pores around the nose are a sign of combination skin, while smaller pores on the cheeks and the rest of the face are less noticeable. Although those with sensitive skin tend to have larger than average pores, this might change depending on the product or irritant that may have triggered the sensitivity. Pores on the skin of people with normal skin are typically undetectable.
Many people who have oily skin have wide pores that are prone to becoming clogged by the sweat and oils that the body naturally produces. People who regularly suffer from dry skin tend to have tight, narrow pores.
When you’re unsure what kind of skin you have, a certified dermatologist is always the best person to talk to.
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