How to Determine Your Skin Type at Home

Most of us don’t know what skin type we’ve got but knowing our skin type is the first important step to effective skin care! Still confused what skin type you have? Then worry not coz I got ya covered!How to Determine Your Skin Type at Home

There are basically 5 skin types:

  • Oily Skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Combination Skin
  • Normal Skin
  • Sensitive Skin

How to Determine Your Skin Type at Home:

1. Wash your skin thoroughly at night, do not use any skin care product, go to bed without any artificial air conditioning (well that’s just a matter of a day) and when you wake up in the morning, touch your skin all over (in the T zone and the C zone) if your T zone feels oily and C zone which is the cheeks and chin feels dry then your skin is combination. If you touch your skin and you feel your skin to be oily then you have an oily skin and if your skin feels dry all over then it’s a dry skin.

2. Look at your skin in the mirror in the morning, if the centre of the skin has wide open pores, does not look fresh or looks a little tired then it’s an oily skin type. And if your skin feels tight, stretch, well rested, smooth then it’s a normal skin type. If your skin feels sensitive, red, irritated, or flaky at few areas then it’s an extremely dry skin or if it’s got more redness in some areas then it’s a dry sensitive skin or probably just sensitive skin.

3. Get some oil blotting paper, they are super cheap and are easily available! Place the blotting paper on your face, if you see some oil on the paper from all over your skin (T zone and C zone) that means you probably have oily skin. If paper is placed on the cheeks and no oil comes out or maybe a little oil comes out and on the T zone some oil is seen on the paper then it’s a combination skin and if you see no oil on the blotting paper and it looks rough then you have dry or extremely dry kin.

4. One more simple test could be, wash your face, leave it for about an hour without applying anything on it then apply a tissue over the face, if it sticks to the skin that means you have an oily skin, if the tissue sticks just to the T zone and not on the C zone then you have combination skin and if it doesn’t stick anywhere then you have a dry skin.

Let’s sum up the various skin types with various conditions:

Normal skin- Skin type with least amount of problems, it’s smooth, elastic and supple. It does not feel dry nor does it feel oily.

Oily skin- Some people’s skin can gift oil to the oil factories due to the level of oil secretion their skin tends to have , due to this oily skinned people face acne, breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads and large pores all their life or maybe till their hormones stops taking a troll on their skin but the benefit for oily skin is that they tend to have wrinkles, fine lines quite late in life compared to other skin types!

Dry skin- The skin type which I’m blessed with or maybe cursed with! This skin type is more prone to fine lines, wrinkles, irritation, dry, rough patches, flaky skin and allergies and feels stretchy all the time.

Combination skin- Skin type which is prone to symptoms of both the oily skin as well as dry skin. It feels oily on the T zone (nose and the forehead) and dry on the C zone (cheeks and the chin).

Sensitive skin- Skin that feels dry, scaly, itchy, easily becomes irritated, breaks out easily. This is the most problematic type of skin hence it needs special skin care products which does not make it more sensitive and are mild.

Now that you know what your skin type is, also remember that it may keep changing depending on the weather, age, temperature, etc. So follow a skin care regime according to your skin type, if you have dry skin use products that say nourishing, moisturizing or simply for dry skin, if you have oily skin, use products that say oil free, non comedogenic or which are meant for oily skin and if you have sensitive skin, use mild and gentle products that are free of parabens, fragrance, phthalates, mineral oil , alcohol and sulphates.

Hope now you know how to determine your skin type! Let me know if you want me do a skin care post on any particular skin type, I would be happy to do that!

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52 Comments on How to Determine Your Skin Type at Home

  1. rachna
    February 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm (3 years ago)

    very helpful indeed for beginners!

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks!!

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Shivi :-)

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  2. Asmitha
    February 25, 2014 at 10:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Very clear cut, crisp informative post Arzoo..U will always my skin gal :-))

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:21 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww thanks a ton sweetheart :yes: I like that name :-*

      Reply
  3. Arshita
    February 25, 2014 at 10:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Mine is combination + sensitive skin.. :-(
    Lovely post Arzoo.. :yes: :-*

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks dear :-))

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  4. Aditi
    February 25, 2014 at 11:04 pm (3 years ago)

    The dry one is me…add to that the sensitive one too :(
    Very interesting/informative post..liked liked :)

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha me too dry skin, thanks a ton :D

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  5. Renji
    February 25, 2014 at 11:05 pm (3 years ago)

    wow…great post dear…
    Mine is combination+sensitive skin

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Renji :-))

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  6. Mayuri
    February 25, 2014 at 11:36 pm (3 years ago)

    awesome informative post sweetie.. I definitely have combination skin with excessive oily t zone :( most troublesome skin type

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha thanks Mayuri, don stress on skin type re :-P

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  7. Rashmi
    February 25, 2014 at 11:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Very informative post Arzoo…thx for sharing darling… :-*

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:31 pm (3 years ago)

      My pleasure dear, glad you liked it!!

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  8. pallavi
    February 25, 2014 at 11:53 pm (3 years ago)

    dats a very unusual and lovly post…mine is dry and I am looking for an effective skin care post with proper blend of homemade as well as narket tools…looking forward to it…do post soon

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Pallavi, I’ll surely come with my skin care routine soon.

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  9. tejinder
    February 26, 2014 at 2:23 am (3 years ago)

    very helpful n informative..great post

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks di :)

      Reply
  10. tarry
    February 26, 2014 at 11:05 am (3 years ago)

    This is such an informative article Arzoo….

    love ur blog for such informative posts dear…

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww thanks a ton Tarry :)

      Reply
  11. Simera
    February 26, 2014 at 12:41 pm (3 years ago)

    This is such a fantastic post if you don’t know what type of skin type you have, I have very dry skin.
    Great post hun.
    Beautetude

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks a ton Simera :-))

      Reply
  12. Manasi
    February 26, 2014 at 1:49 pm (3 years ago)

    NIce post dear :)

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks!!

      Reply
  13. Tanmayee
    February 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Informative write up :)

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Tanmayee :-))

      Reply
  14. sahana
    February 26, 2014 at 2:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Helpful. Keep up the good work.

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Sahana!! :-))

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Saniya :)

      Reply
  15. Arpita♥
    February 26, 2014 at 5:54 pm (3 years ago)

    I determined my skin type in this way only and found it to be super oily :/ But oily skin is a blessing I guess as oily skin ages slower :D :D

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha ya such a blessing and we dry skinned, I’m starting to see fine lines on my face from now only :-(

      Reply
  16. Radha
    February 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Useful post dear :)

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Radha :)

      Reply
  17. laks
    February 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Loving reading your post :) I think my is normal+combination ?:-) :-/

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    • Arzoo
      February 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks :D

      Reply
  18. Naomi
    February 26, 2014 at 10:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Very informative <3

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    • Arzoo
      February 27, 2014 at 12:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks!!

      Reply
  19. Shreya
    February 26, 2014 at 10:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Such a informative post dear ! A Must read post… thanks for sharing love <3 <3 :-*

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    • Arzoo
      February 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Glad you liked it Shreya :-*

      Reply
  20. Niesha
    February 27, 2014 at 2:57 am (3 years ago)

    Very detailed and comprehensive post dear. Liked it a lot. :) same pinch I was working on a similar post. Keep posting. . Love. .

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    • Arzoo
      February 27, 2014 at 12:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww high 5 dear, waiting to read yours!! Thanks a ton :-D

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    • Arzoo
      February 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Poo!! :-D

      Reply
  21. sindhu
    March 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm (3 years ago)

    a fantastic post!! thanks a lot. :-) i have oily t zone only in the morning. i dont have any pimple or other skin problems. but once i apply any skin care products, my skin feels dry(in spite of using a good moisturizer), especially in winters. please suggest me what type of products or skin care regime i should follow

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  22. Arzoo
    March 5, 2014 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

    You have combination skin, which would feel dry on cheeks and chin, your skin care should be simple, a cleanser, moisturizing toner that’s for combination skin or for dry skin and a good hydrating moisturizer, leave your oily areas when moisturizing or just use a drop on those areas and then a sunscreen in the morning and you are done :)

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  23. Neethi reddy
    February 5, 2016 at 11:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Thnks a ton arzoooo u r sach a sweet heart. …..main is oily skin always pimples

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  24. Sindhu
    February 6, 2016 at 3:20 am (2 years ago)

    Really very useful information. Very clear n easy to find out with this info. Mine is combination.
    Thanks Arzoo.

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  25. Vardeep
    March 11, 2016 at 10:16 pm (1 year ago)

    Hey arzoo, no artificial air conditioning means no fan also?

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    • Arzoo
      March 14, 2016 at 12:18 am (1 year ago)

      Only ac has to be avoided!

      Reply

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