Skin Care

How Many Skin Types Are There And How Can I Tell Which Is Mine?

what is my skin-type

Realizing what type of facial skin you have is the major step to figuring out what steps to follow to get the radiant, beautiful skin you’re dying to have. It’s surprisingly easy to misdiagnose yourself and end up not giving your skin what it needs.

The four main types of skin are:

Normal Skin-Type

This skin-type has little to no imperfections. There is no severe sensitivity and barely visible pores. A person with this skin type is able to obtain a radiant complexion with very little work.

Dry/Sensitive Skin-Type

This skin-type has almost invisible pores but easily suffers from stinging when trying new products. When exposed to wind or dry heat, a person with this skin type is also likely to experience inflammation, itching and eventually, very dull and dry patches of skin.

Oily Skin-Type

This skin-type is very common among younger people. If you have oily skin, your skin is prone to have enlarged pores, blackheads, whiteheads and sometimes even cystic acne. You might also suffer from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) after a pimple outbreak. You’ll know if you have oily skin if your face looks and feels shiny, especially during the midday.

Combination Skin-Type

The most common of them all, combination skin is skin that dry/normal in some areas but oily in others (Especially the T-zone). This skin-type will benefit from slightly different skin care in different areas.

Figuring out which skin-type is very easy! All you need is a makeup-blotting sheet.

The Blotting Sheet Method

This is best done on skin that has had time to ‘regenerate’ after a wash, so around midday. Gently pat a blotting paper on different areas of your skin. Hold the sheet up to a light to determine how much oil is visible.

If the blotting sheet picked up oil from your T-zone mainly, then your skin is likely normal/combination.

If the blotting sheet picked up little or no oil everywhere, then your skin is dry.

If the blotting paper is saturated with oil from all over, then your skin is oily.

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