How to Know Your Skin Type. A No BS guide

Ruhi Kurele

Ruhi Kurele

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How to Know Your Skin Type. A No BS guide

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The first step of achieving a glowing and healthy skin is understanding your skin type as each skin type has its own set of unique characteristics and needs. So, let’s deep dive in. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), there are five primary types of skin for both male and female: oily, dry, normal, combination, and sensitive.  Every skin type reacts differently to each ingredient which is why understanding your unique skin type is extremely essential for your skincare. If you want to identify your skin type, keep reading.

Normal skin

Normal skin is neither too oily nor too dry. It has balanced sebum production and good blood circulation. People with normal skin typically have pores that are small, a smooth skin texture, and are less prone to sensitivity or blemishes. 

PS: Sebum is an oily, waxy substance produced by your body's sebaceous glands.

Normal skin

Oily Skin

Oily Skin produces an excess of sebum that causes the skin to appear shiny and feel greasy—especially throughout the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).  It is more prone to enlarged pores, acne blemishes, blackheads, and whiteheads.


Dry Skin

Dry Skin generally produces less natural oil that make skin appear dull, rough or flaky. It often feels tight, dry or less elastic, noticeably dehydrated, and may be prone to showing more visible fine lines.


Combination skin

Combination skin is a mix of oily skin and dry skin. Usually in combination skin types, the T-zone is oily and the cheeks are dry or normal, this skin type can vary during different seasons of the year, and due to various factors, such as stress or hormone fluctuation.


Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin is often referred to as a skin type, but it’s possible to have oily sensitive skin, dry sensitive skin, or normal sensitive skin. Regardless of which type of skin you have, if you have sensitive skin, it may appear red and feel like it's burning, itching, or dry.


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How to Know Your Skin Type. A No BS guide

How to Know Your Skin Type. A No BS guide

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