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How to Determine Your Skin Type

How to Determine Your Skin Type

What is a skin type?

There are 4 basic skin types, and your skin type is based off genetics! When you determine what your skin type is, it's easier to understand what products/ingredients you need.

Beauty trends are cute, but not for everyone. Invest in what you do need.

Can your skin type change?

Skin types can change when your body experiences a surge of hormonal change (e.g. puberty, meno/andropause, or transitioning). Pay attention to what your skin (or body) is telling you!

Here's how you know you're...


  • Pores are visible
  • Skin produces high amount of sebum all over face
  • Skin can look glossy, gets oilier throughout the day
  • May be prone to breakouts, or blackheads


  • Pores are small, cannot see from a distance
  • Skin can look flaky, gets drier throughout the day
  • Skin produces low amount of sebum all over face
  • Difficulty retaining moisture
  • May be prone to micro-fissures, leading to inflammation


  • Pores may be smaller or larger in some areas
  • Skin produces unequal amounts of sebum
  • On areas with less sebum, there may be flakes
  • On areas with more sebum, there may be blackheads
  • The most common pattern is oily t-zone, nose + chin with dry cheeks


  • Some doctors + estheticians believe this is a skin condition, not a type
  • Higher chance of inflammation
  • If you experience the “atopic triad” (eczema, asthma, hay fever)
  • May have difficulty retaining moisture or products

Here are easy questions to ask yourself:

  1. When I wake up in the morning, is my skin oily, dry, or feels balanced?
  2. After I wash my skin with a gentle cleanser, does it feel tight immediately or not?
  3. Does my skin get shinier or flakier throughout the day?

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