skin type

Skin type: How can we detect what kind of skin we have?

Skin type: Knowing about your skin type will allow you to choose the right skin care and cosmetic products.

The main types of skin are: dry, oily, complex and normal.

You may think with yourself how you can identify your skin type. Do not worry! In this article, we propose simple ways to determine the type of skin:

Prepare your skin

Clean your skin thoroughly with makeup cleaners and remove any makeup or dust from your face.

Wash your face

Wash your face with a non-soap cleaner and warm water. Using inappropriate soaps can make the skin dry. After washing, dry the skin with a clean towel or washcloth.

Wait for one hour

Do not use any kind of cream for the face (including moisturizer or acne spot-treatments) for one hour and do not touch it in this time.

Dab your face with a tissue

After one hour, clean your T-zone (including the forehead and nose) of your face skin with a clean tissue. Look at the tissue to determine if oil rubbed off on it. If it did, you either have oily or combination skin.

Notice how your skin feel

Note that after washing, If you have dry skin, your face will feel taut after cleansing whereas oily skin will feel cleaner right after washing it. Your T-zone will feel clean if you have combination skin, but your cheeks will feel tight. Sensitive skin will react to certain cleansers, and may cause itchy skin or a rash.

  • If you’re noticing your skin doesn’t fall under any of these categories and you’re free of problem areas, you have normal skin which requires low maintenance! Congratulations!

Look at the mirror

If you notice red, flaky patches all over your face, you most likely have dry and/or sensitive skin. If your face is shiny all over, you have oily skin. A combination of both means you have combination skin.

Look at your pore size 

If you have normal skin, your pores will be visible but not large. Take a few steps back from the mirror. If you still see your pores, you have oily skin. If your pores are not at all visible, you have dry skin.

Pinch your skin 

If your skin easily wrinkles after pressure is applied, you have dry or combination skin. Oily skin will feel smooth.

Ask your dermatologist

At the end, using the methods mentioned above, if you still do not know exactly what your skin is, ask a dermatologist and get information about appropriate methods to care your skin.

Collected by
Dr. Sara Bakhshaei

About Sara Bakhshaei

Dr Sara Bakhshaei ParsiTeb Company Researcher
Dr Sara Bakhshaei is a PhD. graduate Agroecologist from the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. She has done researches in some agricultural and health fields such as Plant Ecology, Agroecology, Data Analysis, Crop production, LCA and Pharmaceutical effects of medicinal plants. She completed her researches as an Internship period in IFF institute(Institute of Social Ecology) in Vienna, Austria. Since 2016 she works as a senior researcher at Parsiteb herbal pharmaceutical company. She has 8 years of work experience as a university lecturer in Iran and published more than 100 articles in her research fields. Now she continues her study in the field of Phytomedicine at the Boku University of Vienna.

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