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How to Determine Your Skin Type

Posted by farragio on Friday, April 15, 2022 Under: skin care

is my skin oily, dry, or combination

by Cailey George

When looking for the best way to care for your skin, it is difficult to start the process without first determining your skin type. Every person is unique, and our skin (as well as the ways to care for it) will vary depending on the person. While skin will behave differently depending on environment and genetics, there are several signs to look for to help you determine and better care for your skin type.

Signs of Oily Skin
If you find that your skin appears oily, especially in your t-zone (the area defined by your forehead, nose and chin), you may have oily skin. People with this skin type are prone to acne breakouts, and typically do not struggle with dry skin. Oily skin is produced through the natural process of sebum production. Sebum is important because it keeps skin from becoming dry and irritated while removing dead skin cells. However, overproduction of sebum causes the skin to appear oily, and leads to clogged pores and acne breakouts.

Signs of Dry Skin
If you experience flaky, rough and itchy skin, you may have a dry skin type. Your skin might feel tight, with red patches appearing where skin has become irritated. This may be caused by overexposure to heat, harsh cold environments, or water. Oftentimes, people with this skin type find that certain products dry their skin out further, including soaps and certain makeup. Others struggle with eczema, or other skin conditions.

Signs of Combination Skin
If you relate to both of the above skin types, you might have combination skin. This is the most common skin type, because skin varies depending on the area as well as its exposure to certain elements and chemicals. Those with combination skin notice areas that are dry as well as areas that are oily. Often the T-zone is an area of high oil production, while cheeks appear dry and flaky. People with combination skin find that their skin is oily in the summer, but dry during winter.

Signs of Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin is an additional factor that goes hand in hand with any skin type. You may recognize characteristics of your skin in one of these descriptions, while also noticing that your skin burns or itches when exposed to certain products, dyes or fragrances. This may signify that you have sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin must be careful what products they use, and many opt for natural products that utilize ingredients that are easy to trace. Knowing what is in a product gives a user the ability to determine its effects, avoiding chemicals that lead to further irritation and discomfort.

Do you recognize characteristics of your skin in any of these descriptions? If so, you can better determine what products to invest in, as well as skin care habits you may need to practice or avoid depending on your unique skin type. Knowing and loving your skin is a step towards better caring for yourself while feeling healthy and confident.


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