There are five main skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive.
- 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.
- No or few imperfections
- No severe sensitivity
- Barely visible pores
- A radiant complexion
Dry Skin type
Your skin in generally on the drier side all over.
- 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 type
Generally oily all over not just the T-Zone.
- 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 and 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.
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.
- Pores that look larger than normal, because they’re more open
- Shiny skin
Sensitive Skin type
If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. There are many possible reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products.