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How to Determine Your Skin Type

In today’s post we will talk about skin specifically how you can determine your skin type.

Generally, there are five skin types - normal, dry, oily, combination, and acne-prone or sensitive skin. You may have heard each skin type while watching YouTube videos of your favorite beauty gurus. 

Knowing your skin type is important because it allows you to know the exact products you need to cater your own skin. This avoids other skincare problems to arise such as irritation, dryness, or worse acne. 

And did you know that your skin type can change too? Yes! Most people have varying skin types depending on the current weather or the lifestyle they are in at the moment. 

So without further ado let’s begin!

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How to Know Your Skin Type

So how do you know which skin type you belong with? Aside from sensitive or acne prone skin it may be harder to know which skin type you are in. According to there are two ways you can determine your skin type. First is the bare-faced method and the second is the blotting sheet method.

In the Bare-Faced Method you’ll have to cleanse your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser and pat dry your skin. After 30 minutes assess in the mirror if there is/are shine on your cheeks, chin, nose, or forehead. 

If you feel tightness in your skin then you fall on the dry type. If there’s noticeable dryness in certain parts of your face then you have normal or combination skin. Lastly, if the shine is just all over the face or more of a bigger portion, then you fall in the oily skin. 

In the Blotting Sheet Method all you have to do is to gently pat a blotting paper on different areas of your face. Same with the bare-faced method, if the blotting paper picked up little to no oil, you most likely have dry skin. If it shows oil on just portions of your face then you can be normal or combination skin. Finally, if the blotting paper is semi-soaked in oil then you have oily skin. 

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Skin Type - Normal

Out of all the different skin types, the normal type can be dubbed as the best. Here your skin doesn’t manifest dryness, no oily t-zone, rarely do you break out, and you have high tolerance in terms of skincare items you use. To put simply, when you have a normal skin type you have a well-balanced skin.

Skin Type - Dry

Dry skin appears when the skin doesn’t have or can’t retain sufficient moisture. This is often characterized by tightness, slight to severe flaking or peeling, or having fine lines. Dry skin can be a result of cold weather, dry air, unbalanced skin pH, excessive washing of the face, and other skin medical conditions.

Skin Type - Oily

If you have oily skin you may wake up with shiny, greasy skin every now and then. You easily sweat even if the room temperature is pretty normal. You may also notice that your pores are bigger and more visible compared to others. Having oily skin also makes you prone to getting blackheads or pimples. I actually used to fall in this category but now I’m on sensitive/acne-prone skin already.

Skin Type - Combination

Combination skin as the name suggests is a skin type wherein you fall in two skin types. You may have oily skin in your T-zone but a rather dry or normal skin in the rest of your face. Inconsistent skincare routine or unmatched skincare product may cause this. 

Skin Type - Sensitive or Acne-Prone 

Sensitive or acne prone skin can be a hard situation. I know since I’m currently dealing with redness, texture, and breakouts since early last year. Coming from a skin that’s more of a normal-combination makes the situation more unbearable. 

Sensitive skin is when you are more prone to redness, inflammation or easily react to skincare products with chemicals or fragrance. Acne-prone skin means breakouts are most likely and more often to happen to you. 

For sensitive or acne-prone skin, a proper diet and right lifestyle will help ease the problem. Give your body the right fuel so you can detoxify from the inside through eating fruits and vegetables as well as more water. 

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Remember that it’s also important to know which skin type you belong to. Aside from using the right product, doing this will also save you money and time. Keep your skin healthy and don’t be afraid to adjust your skincare routine if needed.


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