Do you have oily, dry, or combination skin? Here’s how you know.



Understanding your skin types will help you choose suitable skin care products and ingredients. If you have oily skin and use comedogenic products, it will make your skin more greasy and cause breakouts. And if you have dry skin and use a face wash for oily skin, it will dry out your skin and make your skin feel like cracking.

Now, we are gonna help you figure out your skin types in simple steps so you can make perfect skincare choices.

Let’s see the properties of each skin type.

How do you know if you have Oily Skin?

The sebaceous gland produces a high amount of sebum, making your skin oily and greasy.

  • All skin types produce sebum, and if your skin produces a lot of it, then your skin is oily.
  • Acne, blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes will be very common for oily skin.
  • Enlarged pores are seen in the majority of people with oily skin.
  • Does all of your face produce oil and not only the T-zone? That means you have oily skin.
  • Your skin looks greasy and dull.
  • Breakouts are not a rare thing for oily skin.
  • Oily skin maintains moisture in your face and gives it a shiny look.
  • If you have oily skin, the face will easily collect dust and pollutants, making it look unclean when you are out.
  • When you put makeup on, it won’t stay long because the oil will cause the makeup to slide off.

Hormonal, hereditary, and lifestyle factors can lead to excess sebum production on your face. It is almost not possible to change your skin type. But the good news is you can totally control the sebum production and get rid of the oily, greasy, and dull looks.

How do you know if you have dry skin?

Opposite to oily skin, this skin type is when your face produces less and less sebum and causes your face to dry out.

  • Your skin is dehydrated most of the time
  • The skin would feel like itching and cracking
  • Rough texture on your skin
  • Skin peeling happens often
  • Dryness can vary based on seasons.
  • Tightness, roughness, and redness on your skin
  • When you have dry skin, you are at increased risk of skin infections.
  • Dry skin cause lines on your face

Dryness of skin is usually caused by seasonal changes like hot and cold climate and other environmental factors. Harsh ingredients and hot baths can worsen the dryness.

How do you know if you have combination skin?

When some parts of your face produce more sebum, and other parts generate considerably less amount of sebum, it means you have combination skin.

  • The T-zone of your face, that is, your forehead, nose, and chin, is usually oily
  • The U-zone of your face, including your cheeks, eyes, and mouth, will be dry.
  • If your skin is a combination of both dry and oily properties, you will have a cracking and rough texture and a dull and shiny-looking face.

In this case, extra care is needed based on the difference in skin tones.

Genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors determine your complexion. Combination skin is mainly due to the temperature and change in it. You should be really careful when selecting skin care products if you have combination skin.

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