How to Determine Your Skin Type

How to Determine Your Skin Type

Generally speaking there are five skin types: normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive. Skin products are designed to help the different types of skin and using the wrong product for your skin can put it out of balance. So how do you know which type of skin you have?

How to Determine Your Skin Type

Each of the different types of skin has characteristics that give indicators as to what sort of skin they are. These skin types can change with time so you’ll have to keep an eye on it. Learn the indicators and keep a mirror handy to decide for certain!

Pore inspection

Have a look at your pores. Are they large or small or nearly invisible?

If you have small pores you may have normal skin type. Normal skin is radiant and you have to look closely to see them.

Nearly invisible pores indicate dry skin while large pores are indicators of oily skin. Combination skin can be characterized by overly dilated pores.

Skin tone

Does your skin look radiant? This is another indicator of normal skin. Dull, patchy skin shows that your skin is dry. If you have red marks or rashes you may have sensitive skin. Is your complexion shiny or ‘thick’? Then you are likely to have oily skin type.

Combination skin can be seen by seeing if the ‘T’ zone is shiny while the rest of the skin may be dull or radiant. If you have combination skin then you may have to use different products for the different zones.


Blemishes are most common with oily skin. The oil clogs the pores and causes pimples and other problems.

Normal skin shows few or no blemishes while dry skin is patchy and red or even flakey in places. Combination skin may show blemishes only in the T-zone.

Sensitive skin may have red bumps on it and other problems that can only be solved by avoiding things that cause sensitivities. These things are different for everyone but soaps, detergents, and makeup are all common culprits.

Taking good care of your skin is vital to your health and your self-confidence! Take care of your skin and it will take care of you!

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