What Is Your Skin Type?



People always think it is easy to find out what skin type they have, it’s either dry, oily, combination, or sensitive, right? Oh, and of course, normal skin. Unfortunately, things are more complicated. Your skin is the same like your fingerprint, it is different with everyone and anyone. What is more, the skin often takes on multiple personalities, thus, most people incorrectly assume they have combination skin. This can result in unsuccessfully fighting the same skin problem for a lifetime. Luckily, here you can find out some easy ways to find out your skin type.

Dry Skin

Dry Skin

If your skin feels tight in the morning or after cleansing, then you might have the great chance to have dry skin. One easy test is to apply a piece of clear tape to the forehead, rub gently, and remove. If the tape is embedded with tiny pieces of flakes, your skin is dry.

It could be:

  • Dry and flaky look
  • Tight with small pores
  • Dull appearance
  • Easily wrinkle and line

Oily Skin

Oily Skin Type

If you wake up with a whole shining skin, then your skin is likely the only true oily skin type (oily mostly in t-zone is not the real oily skin). The daily greasy products for oily skin type are never friendly toward the face, and they can be the cause of breakouts.

It could be:

  • Shiny and oily look
  • Enlarged and congested pores
  • Prone to blemish
  • Breakouts happen easily


Combination Skin

Combination Skin Type

Combination skin can be considered as the most common skin type. Many people have excessive oil produced on their foreheads, nose areas and chins, but with dryness around eyes, hair and jaw lines. The easiest way to test is to use a tissue and gently rub on one area of the face, check if there is oil residue on it. If the oil residues appeared mainly on the T-zone, then you are likely to have combination skin type.

It could be:

  • Oily T-zone
  • Dry eyes, hair and jaw lines areas
  • Large pores


Sensitive Skin

Sensitive Skin Type

Sensitive skin is the most complicated and annoyed one of all skin types, because it usually comes to the genetic side. Apart from the genetic part, this skin type has skyrocketed about 60 percent in the past decades. More and more people are having a “sensitized” skin caused by the wrong use of aggressive products like retinols, alpha hydroxyl acids. If your skin is prone to irritation and redness, or you have the burning sensation, then you are recommended to book a meeting with your dermatologist.

It could be:

  • Sensitive to irritation and rashes
  • Rather thin skin
  • Itching or burning sensation happen occasionally
  • Redness around the face

Apart from these 4 common known skin types, there are also some other skin types that people usually considered as skin conditions. 

Acne-prone Skin

Acne-prone Skin Type

Most people think acne-prone is a skin condition, yet, it is also a skin type. Due to different causes, acne-prone types break out more easily than the rest, for instance, hormonal acne for teens. Usually, this skin type is a combination of oily skin and sensitive skin, but it is also possible to be a mix of combination skin type and sensitive skin.

It could be:

  • Easily breakout
  • Sensitive to irritation
  • Oily or combination skin


Dull Skin

Dull Skin Type

Another skin type usually misunderstood as skin condition is dull skin. Due to the aging and environmental factors like sun exposure and air pollution, the skin can have a grayish tone. In addition, wrinkles and lines form easily due to the collagen loss.

It could be:

  • Dark skin tone (lack of natural glow)
  • Usually dry and rough look
  • Easily dark spots



One thought on “What Is Your Skin Type?

  1. Think I have a dry skin…
    I tried rubbing a cotton pad over my face in the morning, and I can see some flakes off…:(
    Thanks for the information!

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