How to Determine Your Skin Type

Your skin type can be determined by recognizing the signs. Not all skin is created equally! If you want to have a beautiful complexion, knowing which kind of skin you have is essential.

Many people may experience two different facial skin types in the same lifetime or even at the same time. Why? Because varying factors can influence your skin and actually change its behavior.

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Changes in skin types can be internal or external factors like genetics, illness, climate changes, aging, or even stress and anxiety.

The Five Skin Types

There are five basic facial skin types. Knowing which one you have is imperative in knowing which products you should buy. Each skin type depends on how much sebum or oil your own sebaceous glands (sac-like structures in the dermis which secrete and produce sebum/oil) produce. They alone can actually predict the size of your pores. The oilier your skin is, the larger your glands and pores will be.

Skin types include: dry skin, normal skin, combination skin, oily skin, and sensitive skin.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is characterized by flaking skin that is caused by under active or inactive sebaceous glands. In most cases, its hard to get enough lotion on the skin to keep it moisturized. Dry skin often has a dull appearance and can become itchy or overly sensitive at times. Misting your face with pure water throughout the day may help to counteract the effects of dry skin.

Normal Skin

Normal skin type is the most desirable skin type to have. Normal means that your sebaceous glands produce just the right amount of oil for your skin. Not too much and not too little. Normal skin has a plump and youthful appearance and doesn’t require a lot of extra attention. Applying facial lotions that contain water allows your skin type to breathe yet still get proper hydration.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is the most prevalent skin type. It’s characterized by having one type of skin in a few areas and another type of skin in other areas. Most frequently, it is also characterized the oily ‘T’ zone most people recognize instantly. The top of the ‘T’ stretches across the forehead and the bottom of the ‘T’ stretches down the nose and chin.

In most cases, the cheeks, eyes, and mouth areas are either normal or dry, contrasting with the oily T-zone. Since different types of skin have different needs, combination skin is the hardest skin type to treat effectively.

Taking care of combination skin requires 1) removing excess oils from the ‘T’ zone while 2) using extra moisturizers on dry areas to keep the skin plump. Your skin type may change over time and you might need to switch the products you use.

Oily Skin Type

Oily skin is caused by overactive sebaceous glands and is characterized by shiny, greasy looking skin with large pores. Although oily skin may cause other problems like acne, it's by far the best skin type to have. Why? Because excess oils help prevent the visible signs of aging! Because your skin produces more oils naturally, your skin type should be cleansed more often.

Sensitive Skin Type

Since sensitive skin can be either oily, dry, or normal, it is often viewed as a skin condition rather than a skin type. Sensitive skin tends to ‘overreacts’ to some of the most basic ingredients in common products or to environmental influences. Products may contain ingredients such as fragrances or artificial colors, (or chemicals), that cause the skin to have an adverse reaction. (rash, blochiness, redness, etc.) Pollutants and UVA/UVB rays are example of environmental factors that can influence the skin’s reactions.

If you have sensitive skin, you must wear a substantial sunblock to help guard against some of the damaging effects of the sun's rays. This is because your skin is highly reactive to them. Use hypo-allergenic products that are specifically designed for sensitive skin.

Still don't recognize your skin type? Try these methods:

Quick Way to Determine Your Skin Type

Clean your face and wait about 1/2 hour. Use a one ply tissue and press it against your face for 10 seconds or so, remove it and check the results.

Using a fresh one ply tissue each time, repeat this on a few different areas on your face.

  • Oily skin will leave some stains on the tissue.

  • Dry skin won't leave any traces of oils or moisture at all.

  • Normal skin may show some moisture on the tissue, but no traces of oil.

  • T-zone or combination skin will show oily parts and dry parts on the tissue, according to where you've placed the tissue.

  • Sensitive skin is usually thin and delicate. The pores are almost non existent. That skin type is prone to broken capillaries, redness and reacts very quickly to the environment and products.

  • Dry skin feels very tight, especially after cleansing and shows fine lines and wrinkles at an early age. Glide your hand over your cheeks and check for dry patches. It may also feel leathery at times.

    Most people have combination skin. It's usually dry on the cheeks and oily in the t-zone. Oily skin tends to be shiny. When you touch the skin, especially the forehead, you'll feel the oil. The pores tend to be larger, you may see blackheads and be prone to acne.

    You can't choose your skin type but you can choose how you treat your skin. Use brands that are tried and true and always over-deliver on their products! Stick with them and you're sure to see clear, lasting results!

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