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How Do I Know What My Skin Type Is?

How Do I Know What My Skin Type Is?

Do you know what skin type you have? Knowing your skin type can help you select the right skincare products to supplement your skin where it needs it. In this post, we’ll help you answer the questions “which is my skin type,” “what are the types of skin,” & help you figure out your own skin type!

Do you know what skin type you have? Knowing your skin type can help you select the right skincare products to supplement your skin where it needs it. In this post, we’ll help you answer the questions “which is my skin type,” “what are the types of skin,” and take a look at a skin type test that you can take if you are still unsure.

What Are the Types of Skin?

As we review the different skin types, remember that to identify your skin type, you should go makeup-free for the day. A clean slate will allow you to see your skin’s natural response to its environment without additional weight or complication from skincare products.

Oily Skin Type

Those with the oily skin type have overactive sebum production via sebaceous glands under the skin’s surface. These people are also usually more prone to developing acne and blackheads. The hallmark of oily skin will be a persistent “shine” to your skin that feels tacky to the touch; after you wash your face, this shine will return quickly – as soon as 30 minutes later.

>> Good Products For Oily Skin: Anti-Pollution Cleanser & Mineral Facial Sunscreen

Dry Skin Type

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the dry skin type doesn’t produce enough sebum. The sebaceous glands in the skin just aren’t able to keep up with the demands of your environment. For people with the dry skin type, flaking, redness, itching, and burning are all commonplace. You’ll need to be extremely careful what you wash your face with if you have the dry skin type: any additional sebum removal can be detrimental to your skin barrier.

>> Good Product For Dry Skin: Skin Recovery Cream

Combination Skin Type

People with the combination skin type tend to experience a combination of symptoms from both the oily skin type and the dry skin type in different areas of the face. They tend to fluctuate between oily and dry with the seasons. These individuals may even experience all-over dryness and all-over oiliness based on different product usage. 

It’s critical to identify which areas of your face are oily and dry so you can cleanse and moisturize accordingly. Individuals with the combination skin type will find that they might need more products than other people.

>> Good Product For Combination Skin: Rejuvaskin Facial Moisturizer

Sensitive Skin Type

If you have the sensitive skin type, you’ll find that your skin is normal some of the time but acts like dry skin at random times. While skin sensitivity can absolutely be related to certain skincare product ingredients, it can be difficult to precisely identify what is causing the sensitivity in the first place. For this reason, people who have the sensitive skin type tend to avoid a whole list of ingredients:

  • Retinol
  • Salicylic acid
  • Coconut oil
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Tocopherol (a hyperactive vitamin E)
  • And many more, depending on how the skin reacts.

On the other hand, here are 8 Ingredients to Look For if You Have Sensitive Skin.

>> Good Product for Sensitive Skin: Our gentle Anti-Pollution Cleanser

Acne-Prone Skin Type

As mentioned above, oily skin and acne-prone skin tend to go hand-in-hand. However, it’s important to note, as we discussed in our previous blog, How Your Skin Type Affects Your Routine, that acne can be caused by many internal and external factors. It’s incredibly difficult to identify why your acne is occurring; however, knowing some of the different causes can help you get started:

  1. Is your acne hormonal? Consider hormonal supplements if it fluctuates with your cycle.
  2. Is your acne due to a bacterial imbalance? Be careful with antibiotics if this is the case.
  3. Is your acne due to an overproduction of sebum? Treat your skin like the oily skin type.

>> Good Product for Acne-Prone Skin: Anti-Pollution Cleanser

Normal Skin Type

Finally, the skin type we all wish we had! Normal skin types have neither too much sebum nor not enough. Normal skin types are not sensitive to any skincare ingredients and the skin also rarely develops spots and breakouts.
>> Good Product For Normal Skin: Rejuvaskin Dermacosmetics Line

Still not sure which products are going to best suit your skin? Let's take a quick skin type test and identify your unique skin type!

Is There a Skin Type Test?

For this test, make sure that you go make-up free for a whole day. You can follow the questions below to see what type of skin you have:

1. Go to the mirror throughout the day: is your skin shiny or oily to the touch?

      • “Yes” indicates the oily or combination skin types. Continue to question 2.
      • “No” indicates the normal or dry skin types. Skip question 2.
      2. Is there a part of your face that looks shinier than the others?
          • “Yes” indicates the combination skin type.
          • “No” indicates the oily skin type.

          3. Does your skin feel tight throughout the day?

          • “Yes” indicates the combination or dry skin types.
          • “No” indicates the oily or normal skin types.

          4. Are there any “ashy” or dry spots on your face?

          • “Yes” indicates the combination or dry skin types.
          • “No” indicates the oily or normal skin types.
          5. Is your hair usually oily or dry 24 hours after washing it?
          • “Oily” indicates the oily skin type.
          • “Dry” indicates the dry skin type.
          • “Neither” indicates the normal skin type.
          6. After you shower, does any part of your face feel tight or look dry?
          • “Yes” indicates the combination or dry skin types.
          • “No” indicates the oily or normal skin types.
          7. Do skincare products, sunlight, scratching, or rubbing aggravate your skin?
          Symptoms might be redness, itchiness, flaking, or pain.
          • “Yes” indicates the sensitive skin type.
          • “No” indicates that you do not have sensitive skin.
          8. Do you have acne or blackheads regularly (consistent or most of the week)?
          • “Yes” indicates acne-prone skin.
          • “No” indicates non-acne-prone skin.

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