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.

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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?

Now look in the mirror, can you determine what your skin type is?

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