How To Know Your Skin Type?

Farat Abdul Razzaq

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How to know your skin type

Are you struggling to know your skin type? Do you know why it’s important to know your skin type?

Here I’m gonna make you crystal clear about the type of your skin. So stay with me till the end of this article. Otherwise, you are going to miss handy tips and tricks.

 So,  let’s get started.

Why it is important to know your skin type?

Knowing your skin type is a crucial factor before you plan your skincare routine and products.  Because if you don’t know what type of skin you possess, You will end up selecting the products that may be good but if they are not according to your skin type, they will ruin your skin.  Once you know the type of skin you have, you will be able to select customized skin care products for your skin as different skin types have different characteristics so their needs also vary.

Basic Skin Types:

It is a common misconception among folks that there are two types of skin which is wrong.

Every skin is unique but experts divided skin into 5 primary types.

  • Oily skin
  • Dry skin
  • Combination skin 
  • Normal skin
  • Sensitive skin 

Each kind of skin has its benefits and challenges.

Basic skin types

How to determine your skin type?

Skin type is determined based on skin characteristics. So before performing the test know your skin type. It is important to have a look at the skin types and their characteristics.

Oily skin type

Oily skin looks oily, shiny, and greasy and feels slick because of the overproduction of sebum/ oil by sebaceous glands. 

Characteristics of oily skin: 

  • Fewer wrinkles 
  • Feel smooth 
  • Enlarged pores/ hair follicles 

Care of oily skin:

  • Oily skin is prone to dead skin layers. So you have to exfoliate by using chemical peels. 
  • To keep oil in control, use oil-free liquid moisturizers. 
  • Use products containing ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and non-comedogenic products. 
  • Use lotions instead of thick heavy creams, because they may clog your pores and make them more oily. 
  • Cleanse your face/ wash out makeup completely every night.

Things you should consider 

Always remember, that moisturizing your oily skin is important because when you do not provide proper moisturizer, it reacts and produces more oil.

Dry skin type:

Dry skin is exactly opposite to oily skin in all ways. It produces less oil than normal. It looks dull, dry, rough, flaky, red and Irritated. 

Mainly it is uncomfortable skin because in dry skin, the skin barrier is disrupted and loses its ability to retain water and becomes dry. 

Characteristics of dry skin:

  • Rough, dry, flaky. 
  • Feels tight.
  • More wrinkles. 
  • Cracky areas.
  • Pores are not visible. 

Care for dry skin:

  • Don’t overuse soup.
  • Avoid long hot showers.
  • Moisturize immediately after washing.
  • Use fragrance and alcohol-free products.
  • Use products containing glycerin, and aloe vera.
  • Don’t scrub your skin with the towel, instead pat.
  • Use moisturizers that are thick in consistency like cream.
  • Apply moisturizer when your skin is wet, it helps moisturizer to absorb well.

Combination skin type

Combo skin is actually what it sounds like. It is a combination of oily and dry patches. The T-Zone (includes forehead, nose, chin) is mostly oily and cheeks dry. It becomes tricky to care for combination skin.

Characteristics of combination skin:

  • Oily and flaky patches
  • The T-zone looks shiny and contains large pores
  • Cheeks look dry and pores are invisible.

Care of combination skin:

  • Apply separate products on separate areas
  • Moisturize well at cheeks.
  • Use light moisturizer.
  • Use blotting paper to absorb oil at the T-zone
  • Use a mild face cleanser

Normal/ Neutral skin type:

Normal skin produces a normal quantity of oil as our skin requires. It is a hydrated and comfortable kind of skin. Unlike combination skin, it does not have dry and oily patches. It is a low-maintenance kind of skin.

Characteristics of Normal skin:

  • Less sensitive
  • Smooth skin texture
  • Normal pore size
  • Less prone to acne

Care of normal skin:

  • Moisturize day and night
  • Use non-comedogenic products

Sensitive Skin Type:

This kind of skin is vulnerable to external irritants. It is also acne-prone. Sensitive skin may be dry sensitive skin or oily sensitive skin.

In sensitive skin, pores are blocked due to excess sebum. 

It may be due to Puberty, teenage, stress, certain medications, diet, or hormonal fluctuations

 Characteristics of sensitive skin:

  • Feel painful to touch
  • Red, feel like burning

Care of sensitive skin:

  • Determine what stimulates the sensitivity of your skin and avoid those products.
  • Better do a patch test of products before you can apply on.
  • Use products with fewer ingredients, so your skin does not react.
  • Don’t pop your pimples.
  • Don’t scrub with a towel.

Methods to know your skin type at home:

By reading the above paragraph, you have basic information about primary types of skin. So, Now you can perform tests to figure out the skin you have;

Bare-Faced Method/ Wait And Watch Method:

  1. Cleanse your face, and remove the make-up completely.
  2. Wait for 30-45 minutes.
  3. After the above given time, examine your face in the mirror.
  4. Now, check the match from the below points, to know your skin type.
  Shiny, greasy, with no dry and oily patchesOily skin
Flaky, tight     Dry skin
 Shiny at the T-zone, dry at the cheeksCombination skin
A Comfortable look and feel  Normal skin
Feel painful and reddish.Sensitive skin


2. Blotting sheet method:

This method is also straightforward.

  1.   After cleansing your face put blotting paper on it for 20 minutes.
  2. Look at the blotting paper in light to get results.

If the blotting paper looks greasy then your skin is oily.

If the blotting paper seems to be greasy at the T-zone only and dry at the cheeks areas. Then you have combination skin.

If the blotting paper has no oil then you have dry skin.

If the blotting paper has very little oil, then you have normal skin.


  1. Dry skin feels tight after cleansing. Whereas oily skin feels clean after cleansing.
  2. Pore size; 
Oily SkinLarge pores
Dry skinPores not visible
Normal skinPores are visible but small
Combination skinPores depend on whether your skin is dry or oily sensitive.
Sensitive skinPores depends on whether your skin is dry or oily sensitive.
Pores sizes of different skin types


  1. Pinch your skin:

Dry and combination skin wrinkles appear

Normal and oily skin will feel smooth.

Sensitive skin will feel pain.

If you are still uncertain bout your skin type, ask a dermatologist.

How to know your skin type at home?

You can get to know about the type of your skin by performing simple observation at home by using any of the two methods described above;
1; Blotting paper method
2; Bare-faced- faced method

Can your skin type change?

Yes, your skin type can change due to age, puberty, climate, humidity, and pregnancy.

Hey! I'm Farat, with a pen that is armed with a passion for trend spotting, make-up artistry and skin-care secrets. I bring forth the secrets of beauty from natural remedies to mindful practices. My pen narrates the true stories of the celebrities you love to know.

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