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What is your skin type?

Updated: Jan 14

You’ve heard the buzz about normal, oily, dry, combination, or sensitive skin types. But which one do you have?

It can change over time. For example, younger people are more likely than older folks to have a normal skin type.

What’s the difference? Your type depends on things such as:

  • How much water is in your skin, which affects its comfort and elasticity

  • How oily it is, which affects its softness

  • How sensitive it is


Normal Skin Type

Not too dry and not too oily, normal skin has:

  • No or few imperfections

  • No severe sensitivity

  • Barely visible pores

  • A radiant complexion


Combination Skin Type

Your skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have this type. It may need slightly different care in different areas.

Combination skin can have:

  • Pores that look larger than normal, because they’re more open

  • Blackheads

  • Shiny skin



Dry skin

You may have:

  • Almost invisible pores

  • Dull, rough complexion

  • Red patches

  • Your skin is less elastic

  • More visible lines

Your skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If it’s very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.


Oily skin

You may have:

  • Enlarged pores

  • Dull or shiny, thick complexion

  • Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes

Oiliness can change depending upon the time of year or the weather. Things that can cause or worsen it include:

  • Puberty or other hormonal imbalances

  • Stress

  • Heat or too much humidity

To take care of oily skin:

  • Wash it no more than twice a day and after you sweat a lot.

  • Use a gentle cleanser and don't scrub.

  • Don't pick, pop, or squeeze pimples. They'll take longer to heal.

  • Look for the word "noncomedogenic" on skin care products and cosmetics. This means it won’t clog pores.



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