There are a variety of skin types out there, but about five of them constitutes the majority. Skin types vary heavily on diet, genes, stress levels, medication, hormonal fluctuation and skin care routine. All of these factors determine how much oil is produced to the skin that heavily fluctuates from super oily to normal.

To find out what type of skin you have, try a skin test. In order to do this, follow these three steps:

  1. Wash your face.
  2. Pat it dry.
  3. Use pieces of lens-cleansing tissue or rice paper and press it on various spots of the face. Oil will stick on the paper which will  make the material translucent.

Different Types of Skin


The skin becomes shiny specially when it’s around the nose, chin, and forehead. Large pores may also be noticeable along with breakouts and blackheads because of oil-producing glands that are on overdrive.

One benefit for people with oily skin is that they tend to age better compared those who suffer from dry skin. This is because oil tends to plump up the skin making it preventable from wrinkles. Women who suffer from this may find that their oily skin suddenly becomes dry once they have reached the ripe age of 35.


Skin fluctuation can be blamed towards hormones. Those who suffer from dry skin may feel as though it is tight. This is especially true after a normal face wash. The skin may look dull and ashy due to the buildup of dead skin. Also, sufferers of dry skin are prone to flaking, red patches and fine wrinkles.


Those who have normal skin tend to have a healthy combination of both oily and dry skin. This means that there is a slight oil production around the T-zone, while they are dry around the cheeks. People with this skin type tend to have an even complexion with a healthy circulation.


People who fall in this category tend to have evident wrinkles and a feeble complexion. This is especially true around the jawline and cheeks.


Those with sensitive skin usually have thin and delicate pores. They are usually irritated by many things such as the sun and skin care products since they are susceptible to itchy patches, redness and/or blotchy skin.