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How to Identify Skin Types

In order to take care of your skin, it is essential to know what your skin needs. And to understand what your skin needs, you need to know what your skin type is. Choosing products that are not suitable for your skin type can be uncomfortable. We’re here today to help you identify your skin type.

The method to determining your skin type is “Watching and Waiting” according to Cerave. This process involves cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser (non-exfoliating), waiting for approximately 30 minutes without applying anything to your skin, and watching how your skin reacts.


  • If your skin is oily, shiny, or greasy all over, chances are you have oily skin.

  • If your skin feels tight or flakey after, you might have dry skin.

  • If you don’t experience both conditions above, you might have either normal skin or combination skin.

The difference between normal and combination (or you might call it combo or combi in short) is that normal skin types usually have balanced oil on your skin whereas combination skin type usually is oilier on the T-zone and dry in some areas like for instance, the cheeks.

Skin Types and Their Common Characteristics

Oily Skin

  • Prone to acne

  • Large pores

  • Greasy throughout the day

Dry Skin

  • Tight

  • Flakey

  • Prone to fine lines

  • Dull complexion

Normal Skin

  • Normal-sized pores

  • Radiant-looking skin

Combination Skin

  • Prone to blackheads and whiteheads

  • Enlarged pores

  • Oily T-zone

  • Dry in some areas

After knowing your skin type, it is much easier to choose products accordingly. However, you should also keep in mind that weather, environment, diet, and hormones can also change your skin types; therefore, you should also switch up your products to cater to your skin as well.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is not intended as medical advice, and is for entertainment purposes only.


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