How to Identify your Skin Type

It can be an uphill task to figure out the best way to take care of your skin, considering the amount of information that is available on the internet. But before you start taking care of our skin, you need to first understand what type of skin you have. There are 5 different skin types that can help you to understand the category of your skin. The skin is the largest body organ, and it is also complicated enough to fit perfectly into one category.

Several factors influence the behavior of your skin, and the guide below is going to help you get a clearer understanding of the overall behavior of your skin. Once you understand the category of your skin, you will be in a position to choose the right products and methods of taking care of your skin.




Noticing the feel of your skin across the week is crucial. If you identify the texture of your face, you can learn a lot about its nature. Let us look at some of the categories you should be cross-checking with to identify your skin type.

Sensitive skin: This type of skin usually feels itchy, dry, patchy and at times it has a stinging sensation.

Combination skin: In this skin type, you will feel oily on your chin, nose, and forehead; the region called the T-zone. This skin can be dry and oily in different locations. Now, if you notice that you have two different textures on different regions of your face, then you have combination skin.

Normal skin: this type of skin has an evenly balanced feel. It’s neither sensitive, oily or dry.

Dry skin: a feeling of dryness accompanied by a dry skin is a common sensation on this type of skin. You will feel flaky and the skin can form cracks especially in the winter period.

Oily skin: the common feeling of this type of skin is greasy-like with a shiny appearance. The skin is not dry or sensitive.



Pores play an important role in determining your skin type. The way they handle oil can tell you a lot about your skin.

Sensitive skin: Normal to large pores are characteristics of people with sensitive skin. The size of the pores will also be dependent on the day and the product being used.

Combination skin: For this type of skin, you will notice large pores that are often clogged in the nose region, but the pores on the cheeks are small and not easy to notice.

Normal skin: People with normal skin have pores that are not easy to notice.

Dry skin: People who have dry skin have small pores that usually feel tight.

Oily skin: Oily skin usually has a tough time because of its large pores that usually gets clogged with oils and sweat.



Sensitive skin: After washing sensitive skin, it will often feel dry and clean, but after using a cleanser, it can trigger irritation or an itch. When this becomes a frequent result, it is an indication of sensitive skin.

Combination skin: Combination skin often has a clean feel after cleansing. Your skin will feel clean and free of oil around the nose region, but you will feel dry and tight in the area around your cheeks.

Normal skin: After cleansing, people with normal skin will feel clean. They may decide to use a moisturizer or not to use it, but the skin will not feel sensitive at all.

Dry skin: Your skin will often feel dry after cleaning; it will feel dehydrated after cleansing happens.

Oily skin: Your skin will feel fresh and clean after cleansing, without an oily sensation. This feeling will not last for long as the oil will return after a short while.



Moisturizers are usually used by almost everyone to keep the skin hydrated and healthy. The question to answer is, “how often do you use a moisturizer?” The frequency of use indicates how good your skin is at staying hydrated on its own.

Sensitive skin: Frequent use of moisturizer is required for this skin type, although it is not easy to find a moisturizer that does not irritate the skin.

Combination skin: People with this type of skin moisturize on a frequent basis, especially the cheeks, and they will not necessarily need it on the T-zone area.

Normal skin: Since this skin type usually moisturizes itself, it does not need frequent moisturization.

Oily skin: People in this skin type category done need a moisturizer because their skin is usually oily and they don’t want to make it more oily.


As you went through this guideline, you must have noticed the category that matches your skin type. This information is going to give you a general idea of what your skin type is.

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