What is your skin type?


I am a big believer in understanding your skin type, working with it and then improving whatever skin condition you might have. This post is about that;


Your skin type depends on so many things such as:

How much water is in your skin, which affects its comfort and elasticity

How oily it is, which affects it's softness. This is the oily, dry, combination, and normal system that was first developed by Helena Rubenstein in the early 20th century and is still in use. The sensitive can interchange between being a skin type and condition. This is due to climate and lifestyle changes. Your skin type is based on how much oil is produced by the skin. While it is genetically determined, it can also change over time, due to lifestyle and the level of skincare.


Skin conditions: These include acne, blackheads, whiteheads, wrinkles, sun damage, dehydration, wrinkles, poor elasticity, hyperpigmentation and rosacea. These can be managed with facials, seeing your dermatologist or somatologist if the condition is not severe, along with treatment products.


Try the exercise in the image below and lets see if you can at least try to identify your skin type?


Characteristics of different skin types

Normal Skin Type

Not too dry and not too oily, normal skin has:

  • No or few imperfections

  • No severe sensitivity

  • Barely visible pores

  • A radiant complexion

Combination Skin Type

Your skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have this type. It may need slightly different care in different areas.

Combination skin can have:

  • Pores that look larger than normal, because they’re more open

  • Blackheads

  • Shiny skin

Dry Skin Type

You may have:

  • Almost invisible pores

  • Dull, rough complexion

  • Red patches

  • Your skin is less elastic

  • More visible lines

Your skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If it’s very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.

Dry skin may be caused or made worse by:


  • Your genes

  • Aging or hormonal changes

  • Weather such as wind, sun, or cold

  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds

  • Indoor heating

  • Long, hot baths and showers

  • Ingredients in soaps, cosmetics, or cleansers

Oily Skin Type

You may have:

  • Enlarged pores

  • Dull or shiny, thick complexion

  • Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes

Oiliness can change depending upon the time of year or the weather. Things that can cause or worsen it include:

  • Puberty or other hormonal imbalances

  • Stress

  • Heat or too much humidity

Sensitive Skin Type

It can show up as:

  • Redness

  • Itching

  • Burning

  • Dryness


If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. There are many possible reasons, but often it's in response to particular skin care products.



Based on the description, and at home analysis, what is your skin type? Please let me know in the comments below.


Source for skin types WebMD

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