How to determine your skin type

Towel portraitSkincare is not always that easy. You might have bought very expensive products but noticed that they don’t work on you. Pretty annoying, right ? Well that does not mean for sure that those products are bad. Maybe they are just not adapted to your skin type. You should consider knowing which skin type is yours first and then you will be able to look for the right products for you. Each skin type has its very own needs and that’s why not all products work the same on everyone. If after considering these things your products still don’t work, then maybe they are not that good…

So now you’ll be wondering : what’s my skin type then ? Here is a little guide to find it.

Also remember that skin types can change over time based on your age, lifestyle and other factors such as the seasons.


A dry skin produces less sebum than normal skin. You have a dry skin if :

  • It cracks or peels
  • It’s itchy, irritated
  • You have rednesses
  • You have a dull complexion
  • It’s not elastic and feels very tight
  • You have premature wrinkles
  • Your pores are invisible


A normal skin is basically a well-balanced skin. T-zone may be a bit oily, but not too much. You have a normal skin if :

  • It has a velvety, smooth texture
  • You have a good blood circulation
  • You do not have many blemishes
  • Your pores are barely visible
  • You have a fresh, radiant complexion
  • It’s not very sensitive
  • It’s not excessively shining nor cracking


A combination skin features two or more skin types on the face. It is the most common skin type. You have a combination skin if :

  • Your T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) is oily, shines
  • On this zone, your pores are larger
  • You also have blackheads in that area
  • Your cheeks are normal or dry


An oily skin is a skin type that produces too much sebum all over the face. Oily face is more likely to lead to acne. You have an oily skin if :

  • Your pores are clearly visible
  • It shines everywhere
  • You have blackheads, whiteheads and/or other blemishes
  • Your complexion is thick
  • Your makeup slides off easily

Now that we are clear on our skin type, there are still some important facts to know before I tell you how to take care of it.

One of the biggest mistake we make when we have an oily skin is to think that we should not moisturize it and basically “let it dry” and hope that it will become normal. It is a very big mistake ! The skin type and its hydratation level are not connected. It seems obvious that a dry skin is dehydrated but oily skin can also be dehydrated. So please keep that in mind and don’t skip on moisturizer !

If you’re still not sure about your skin type, you can find many tests online. I recommend using those from the skincare brands’ websites.

Now that you know your skin type, click here to see how to take care of it.

(I am not a professional and these are tips that I discovered over time. Consult a dermatologist for more serious skin issues.)

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