A few tips and tricks on how to find out your skin type

8:20 PM Moi Sanom 2 Comments

I wish it would be as easy as saying you have dry, oily, normal or combination skin.
There are these types and many factors which can influence the skin and blur the lines.

Sometimes we think we have a certain skin type, but then we use products that make our skin seem completely different then what it actually is, because the products are not suitable for us.
Those products also might be worsening problems we are trying to fight.
Skin can also change from different weather conditions or a change in diet and even stress.

That adult acne you have been fighting might be a reaction to certain products your skin doesn't like
The first thing I would recommend to find out what skin type you have is to cut down your routine to the absolute basics for about 5-7 days.
Start with a gentle hydrating cleanser, a light non astringent toner and a moisturizer for sensitive or normal skin. And don't forget the sunscreen!

Wash your face and then wait for about 1-2 hours.

Is your face dry, rough and itchy? Or does it maybe feel really tight?
That could mean that your skin is dry to very dry.

Does your face feel completely fine without any extra oils or discomfort?
 It could be normal skin.

Does your face feel normal on your cheeks but a little oily on your forehead, nose and chin?
Probably Combination skin.

Is it oily all over?
Sounds like oily skin to me.

A great way to determine the difference between normal and combo skin or combo and oily, is to press a tissue too your clean face after waiting for 2 hours and see how much oil is left on the tissue. If there is none or hardly any you probably have normal skin. If there is a little bit of oil on your T zone you probably have combination skin. If the tissue is quite oily so it gets almost translucent you have oily skin.

Then there is all kinds of other things to factor in, like dehydrated, sensitive, acne prone, eczema prone, sun damaged, or over exfoliated skin.
Any of these can affect all of the above mentioned skin types, even though some are more affected then others.

Whatever skin type you have they all follow one rule: the skin needs to be hydrated and you need to use sunscreen everyday.
Every skin type needs hydration even oily skin, the deficiency of hydration can cause all kinds of problems, including more acne and even over production of sebum.


Sunscreen is not only important to protect your skin from cancer but also from sun damage.
Sun damage is the number one factor why our skin ages.
Studies have shown that even if you are in your 40s, 50s or even older, daily use of sunscreen will prevent further damage.
So instead of buying fancy anti aging creams with miracle claims, find a good sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays, suitable for your skin type. This will not only save you some money but also make you have younger skin in the future!


Keep in mind that you might have to use different products for different needs.
If you have combination type skin and occasional pimples, but all of your products are for acne prone and or oily skin, trying to fight those damned pimples, it might be too much for your combo skin.
It might make your dry areas drier from all the acne fighting chemicals, and make your oily areas oilier since your skin is being stripped too much of its own sebum and it starts to overcompensate.
It is best to find a good balance of products too keep your skin hydrated and problem free, which ever one that is, there is something out there for you!

Some things to keep in mind:

Natural doesn’t always mean better and chemicals don't always mean worse.

Price doesn't necessarily reflect the quality of a product.

Keep the PH of your skin in mind and don’t apply products that are too acidic or alkaline, either will mess with the natural barrier of your skin and can cause different types of problems.
Stay away from things like, lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda which seem to be some of the more popular natural product that are not good for your skin.

The things you think might be black heads on your nose and cheeks are probably sebaceous filaments, they sure are unpleasant but are completely normal, also most blackhead fighting products don’t work on them.


Beware of western acne products, many of them are quite harsh, especially the ones for oily skin.
They will strip your skin unnecessarily.
Check your ingredients list for things like alcohol, menthol, too thick and waxy creams (unless you have dry skin) natural type scrubbing agents (most have jagged edges or are too harsh for your skin), and fragrance.
You don’t need to banish them forever, but make sure they are not high up on the ingredients list.
And sometimes buying products for sensitive skin will just give your face the holiday it needs from all the harsh ingredients it gets on a daily basis. Once you have determined none of these give you any issues you can proceed to use skincare that contains them.

Beware: Just because it says hypoallergenic or suitable for sensitive skin does not mean it is so. Once again read your ingredients list and make sure they really are gentle, if you aren't ingredient savvy there is plenty of info on pages like Cosdna.com which can do the work for you.

There is a lot more in depth info in the world wide web if you are interested in more details, and I am always happy to answer any questions or give you a one on one consultation.

Some more detailed info on:
Dehydrated skin
Sunscreen and aging
Sebaceous filaments
Baking soda and some info on Skin PH
Citrus and your skin are not friends