How To Determine Your Skin Type

You may not know the importance of knowing your skin type until you go to buy a particular skincare product. Product manufacturers are aware of these classifications so they make unique products suitable for each type of skin. Be careful not to confuse these classifications for skin color types. The five skin types exist across races, skin colors, geographical and cultural regions. Although products from the same company may vary across geographical locations, this is more about varying weather/climate conditions than it is about skin color or race.

There has been sufficient questions about a certain type of skin; the dry skin. People are worried this might be a skin condition. They prefer to look at dry skin as a medical condition that can occur in any of the other four types. That being said, there is a skin type that occurs naturally with the characteristics of the clinical dry skin. The only difference is that the skin condition can be treated back to the default skin type, while the naturally dry skin can only be moisturized often to keep from drying out. It was observed that CBD tincture is good for reducing stress which impacts negatively on the skin.

You are right; you are never going to arrive on the right cleanser to purchase for your skin without knowing your skin type. This is why this article was created; to shed light on the types of skin and also assist people to easily determine the skin type theirs fall under. Before we go further, anytime I mention T-Zone, I’m referring to the areas around the forehead, nose, chin and the skin around the lips. Here are the five skin types:


Oily Skin

Skin is described as oily when the skin secrets excess oil easily.  The sebaceous layer of the skin is responsible for producing this oil (referred to as sebum) for protecting the skin from drying out. Too bad too much of everything is bad. Excess sebum exposes you to increased risk of developing acne, blackheads and clogged pores. Oily skin is also prone to blemish easily and develop breakouts.


Dry Skin

Dry skin is the condition in which the skin feels dry and scaly. Dry skin may be mild or severe depending on what could cause the condition.


Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is easily determined because most times it becomes irritated (it easily gets irritated), a certain degree of discomfort ensues. Sensitive skin also shows regions of the irritation with distinct colors so they can be easily identified and soothed.


Combination Skin

Combination skin is usually the most difficult to find products for, this is because different regions on the body may possess different characteristics. Some parts may be dry while certain parts remain oily or normal.


Normal skin type

Normal skin type refers to a balanced combination of dry, oily and sensitive characteristics. Normal skin is usually moist and even insensitivity. People with normal skin easily enjoy their skins because of the low tendency of developing the conditions prominent in other types such as acne, clogged pores, blackheads et cetera.


How to Determine Your Skin Type

Normally, you can easily tell which of the above descriptions suit your skin type and go for the skincare products for your skin type. However, if you are still not sure of the skin type you have, don’t worry the following processes will help you discover.

Determine Your Skin Type

This test will help you to easily discover your skin type. You need the following items; a mild cleanser, a clean towel, a mirror, and a notepad to jot down your observations.


  1. Wash your face or use the mild cleanser on your face.
  2. Allow to dry or pat dry if you used water and mild soap.
  3. Allow your face to sit undisturbed for 30-45 minutes (do not rub anything on the face)
  4. Sit in front of the mirror in a well-lit room and take a look at your face, paying special attention to the t-zone.
  5. Jot down your observations on the notepad stating clearly how the skin of your face feels, what it looks like, and it what it always looked/felt like.
  6. Compare the results with the descriptions of the skin types above to see which matches.

Congratulations! You just discovered your skin type. This method is reliable because it will easily show distinct characteristics of the skin that can be compared to the characteristics of the skin types available.



Now that you are aware of your skin type, skincare should not appear as daunting as it used to be. You can be certain what product types are suitable for your skin without actually testing first. This knowledge will go a long way to save you money and time. Most importantly, knowing your skin type will help you avoid mistakes that may cause damage to your skin because of the use of unsuitable products for your skin type. Feel free to let me know how it went for you using the comment section.


Author Bio :

Abi Cool is the founder of – An ultimate resource of cheap air tickets and a travel blog.His interests lie in Digital Marketing Management. He is an internet marketing enthusiast and his specialty is in search engine optimization outreach and content marketing.

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