Can you tell your skin type from combination to oily, or is it normal? Do you know why I am asking this question? It is because finding your skin type is the most basic thing that you can do before buying any kind of skin care and makeup products.
You must have wondered why a particular product is loved by all but it broke you out! It probably didn’t suit your skin type.
You can get the most out of your skin care products if you know how to shop for products that are meant especially for your skin type.
So ladies, let’s get started!
Characteristics of different skin types:
You have overactive sebaceous glands which means your face tends to get oilier at all times of the day. You might be having open pores, acne issues, shiny skin at most times. Oily skin is also prone to blackheads and breakouts due to the overproduction of the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands.
This skin is great to have as the oils keep the skin plump allowing fewer wrinkles to form over the years.
This skin type is really easy to identify. If your face feels dry, flaky, stretchy and itchy at all times of the day then you have dry skin.
Dry skin is also prone to premature-aging of the skin and is susceptible to developing wrinkles earlier than other skin types.
Normal skin has perfect balance of everything. Your pores are closed, your skin feels “normal”, there is no stretchy feeling and no dry flakes either! In short, consider yourself blessed.
The combination skin is characterized by an oily “T-zone” area, which covers the forehead, nose and chin. Rest of the face like the skin around the cheeks, eyes and mouth could feel normal or dry.
This skin type needs special products which are meant to cater to the specific needs of the skin.
Sensitive skin can be dry, normal, or oily. This is the most delicate of all skin types as it is prone to redness, dryness and irritation. Most of the products don’t suit sensitive skin.
Products that have fewer chemicals and are gentle on the skin could be used on sensitive skin to avoid any reactions and allergies.
You can also try this method 🙂
Blotting paper test
Take a blotting paper and blot key areas of your face like forehead, under eye area, T-zone, cheeks and jaw area (in short, your whole face) after waking up.
- If it gets oily then it means you have an oily skin.
- If only some areas of your face seem oilier and the rest of the face doesn’t have any oil on it then it means you might be having combination skin type.
- If there is no change in blotting paper or there is no oil then you might be having dry or normal skin type.
Go to a dermatologist
If you are still unsure of your skin type and would like to take advice from a professional then don’t be hesitant to go to a dermatologist.