Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and you must take care of your skin. Taking care of your skin provides many benefits and can help you look younger for longer. Creating a good routine and being consistent will help you achieve beautiful skin. However, the first step before starting a good routine is to figure out your skin type. It can be tricky to figure out what skin type you have, and using products that don't help your skin type could result in skin issues such as acne or inflamed skin. You could have five main skin types: dry, combination, oily, sensitive, or normal.
Dry skin occurs when your skin does not produce enough sebum. Some symptoms of dry skin are that your skin feels tight and rough, itchy skin, and peeling and flaking skin in severe cases. However, you don't experience as many breakouts as oilier skin types when having dry skin because there are fewer dead skin cells.
Combination skin is when you are typically dry on your cheeks but oily along your t-zone (nose, chin, and forehead) area. Some symptoms of combination skin are larger pores on your t-zone area, skin becoming oilier during the summer and dryer in the winter, and experiencing breakouts and dryness at the same time but in different areas of your face.
Oily skin is when you experience an overproduction of sebum, thus making your skin shiny throughout the day. Oily skin types are also more prone to acne than other skin types. Some symptoms of oily skin are a shiny face, large pores, clogged pores, and apparent blackheads.
Sensitive skin is when you experience reactions to fragranced skincare products or products that contain alcohol. Sensitive skin will most likely be itchy, red, or inflamed. Some other symptoms of sensitive skin are experiencing a tingling or burning sensation after trying new products. Sensitive skin types must be careful with the products they use on their faces.
Normal skin is when you have a balanced sebum production, your skin feels neither dry nor oily and has a regular texture. Some symptoms of having normal skin include having an oily t-zone, smaller pores, smooth skin, and little to no imperfections.
The Wash Test
The best way to figure out your skin type is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser and wait for 30 minutes without applying any products and examine your face. If your skin looks oily and is shiny, then this means that you have oily skin. If your skin is itchy, red, or inflamed, you may have sensitive skin. If your t-zone is shiny, but the rest of your face is matte, you have combination skin. If you have minimal to no shine and no flakiness or redness, you have normal skin. If your skin is flaky and tight, then you have dry skin.
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