But even if you know your skin better than anyone, it can be difficult to understand what type of skin you have. While oily skin types typically have acne-prone skin and enlarged pores, dry skin types can expect flaky skin, dry patches, and a lack of sebum produced throughout the day. However, combination skin types are a mixture of both – with an oily T-zone and dry patches around the face. Sensitive skin types may experience redness and irritation after applying products with certain ingredients, artificial colors and fragrances and may be more prone to rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. Finally, normal skin types might experience an oily T-zone or dryness at certain times of the year, and pimples rarely appear.
Check out the list below of the characteristics of each skin type to find out what your skin type is!
- Your face is shiny or oily in the middle of the day, regardless of the season.
- You often get pimples
- You have visibly enlarged pores
- The T-zone constantly accumulates fat while the cheek area is always dry
- You had acne and patches of dry skin at the same time
- You have visibly enlarged pores only in the T-zone
- You have dry patches or skin that flakes (the top layer of skin peels off) in the middle of the day
- Your skin rarely looks greasy even at the end of the day
- Skin feels dry, "sticky" or itchy after cleansing
- Your face doesn't get oilier or drier throughout the day
- You have excess sebum or dry areas only depending on the season
- It's rare for you to get pimples or have an adverse reaction to cosmetics
- It often happens that you have irritated or red skin after applying new cosmetic products that contain ingredients such as perfume
- You have skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema or rosacea