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What is my skin type? Oily, dry or combination?

Knowing your skin type is important. Depending on your skin type you will choose different daily routine, use different types of cosmetics and would need different types of acne medications. Here are some info and an easy DIY test on how to know your skin type. 

What is a normal skin type? 

The majority of people have normal skin. This type of skin has a good balance of water and lipids in the skin. It does not have any specific sensitivities. The skin pores are usually small, and the skin is usually smooth with an even tone.

What is a dry skin type? 

If you have dry skin, you may feel a tightness in your skin. Those with dry skin generally have almost invisible pores and they may frequently experience some be scaly patches or flaking on their skin.  Dry skin often has a rough complexion. Red patches are sometimes evident. When dry skin is exposed to conditions such as wind, dry air, cold air, dry indoor heat, long, hot showers and baths, and certain ingredients in soaps and cosmetics, it can crack and peel, itch, and even become inflamed. 

What is an oily skin type? 

Those with oily skin tend to notice a great deal of shine on their face. When touching, you face with a paper tissue - you will notice some oil remaining on the tissue. 

What is a "combination" skin type? 

Combination skin is when some areas are oily, and other areas of the face are normal or dry.

What is a sensitive skin type? 

Sensitive skin reacts to external damage more severely than other skin types. Irritant such as for as makeup, individual plants, perfumes, bath soaps, laundry detergents, cosmetics, and household cleaners can cause people with sensitive skin redness, itch or even skin eczema (contact dermatitis). 

What is your skin type?  Here's a quick DIY test. 

Just follow these easy steps.

1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry.
2. Wait an hour. During this time, your skin should return to its natural state.
3. Dab your T-zone (the middle of your forehead, the area between your eyebrows and your nose) with a clean, soft paper tissue.
4. Assess your results:

Normal skin: The tissue is clean without any traces of oil of flaky skin.
Oily skin: You will see some oily spots on the tissue. 
Dry skin: you will see some flakes of dead skin cells.
Combination skin: You may see a combination of the above. In combination skin, the skin will be oily in the T-zone and normal or dry in other areas of the face
Sensitive skin: If you have sensitive skin, your face will get red and itchy after you apply cosmetic products or makeup.

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