How to Determine Your Skin Type

Source: user andrewmorrell
Source: user andrewmorrell

Knowing your skin type is key to choosing great skin care products and properly caring for your skin. If you don’t know your skin type, you may actually harm your skin by using incorrect products and upsetting your skin’s natural balance. If you’re wondering how to figure out skin types, simply read on and follow the easy steps below.

1) Cleanse your face. Using whatever cleanser you have on hand, wash your face with tepid water and pat dry. Don’t apply any other products to your skin. Allow it to sit, untouched, for roughly an hour. It’s best to keep your hair off your face during this time to prevent oils from your hair transferring to your skin.

2) Blot. Take a tissue or blotting paper and blot your skin. You’ll get the most accurate results if you use two tissues – one for the cheeks and one for the forehead, nose, and chin, also known as the t-zone. Blot gently and, if you’re using two tissues, keep them separated so you don’t get them confused.

3) Check for oil. The amount of oil found on the tissues, as well as where the oil was found, will help you to determine your skin type. Here’s a look at what you might see…

If both tissues, or just the t-zone tissue, has a small amount of oil, and your skin feels supple and comfortable, you have normal skin. You are a lucky duck! Normal skin needs minimal assistance and rarely experiences breakouts or discomfort. Normal skin should use gentle skin care products designed to nourish and protect the skin.

If just the t-zone tissue contains a medium to large amount of oil, you have combination skin. You may break out in your t-zone fairly regularly, but your cheeks might feel tight or even flaky, or simply show signs of normal skin. Combination skin is the most common skin type, and is very easily cared for. Most combination skin types choose to use products designed for normal skin, while reserving a great acne treatment for those t-zone breakouts.

If both tissues show a medium to a large amount of oil, or even if only the t-zone tissue is extremely saturated, you have oily skin. Oily skin isn’t always acne-prone, but acne-prone skin is usually oily, so using a balancing and anti-acne regimen is best. This doesn’t mean you need to turn to harsh acne products to strip your skin; instead, find products that will help your skin balance its own sebum production, leading to a healthier complexion with fewer breakouts.

If both tissues show little to no oil, you have dry skin. Your skin does not produce enough sebum on its own, so turning to a moisturizing skin care line like Atopalm is how you’ll keep your skin healthy and comfortable. Using the wrong products on dry skin will cause it to become drier and even turn it into sensitive skin, so be sure to use only products formulated for dry skin types!

The one skin type that can’t be determined using this testing method is sensitive skin. Any skin type can be sensitive, but dry skin types are more likely to exhibit symptoms of sensitivity. If your skin reacts to most skin care products and environmental triggers, or you experience regular redness, flushing, and stinging, you probably have sensitive skin. A dermatologist or doctor may help you determine the cause of your sensitive skin. In the meantime, use gentle, hypoallergenic products that are formulated to care for sensitive skin without causing a reaction. Atopalm is ideal for this situation, because it perfectly cares for all skin types while soothing sensitivity and balancing the skin’s natural lipid layer.

Do you have any questions about how to determine your skin type? If you’re still confused, leave us a comment and we’ll address your concerns!

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