What's Your Skin Type?

How to figure out whether your skin type is normal, dry, oily, sensitive—or combination.

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Your skin is normal if. . .

"It generally behaves itself [e.g. few breakouts, no notable sensitivity] and you rarely suffer from patchy dryness or excessive oiliness," says Michele Green MD, a Manhattan dermatologist. In short, if you have few complexion complaints, you're probably normal.

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Your skin is combination if. . .

You can't live without blotting papers—but still need to moisturize after you wash (or your skin will feel tight).  This complexion type is typically identified by oiliness in the t-zone (forehead, nose, chin) and normal or even dry skin everywhere else (particularly the cheeks and eye area).

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Your skin is oily if. . .

"Oily, acne-prone skin is perhaps the easiest to identify because it's unlikey to be confused with anything else," says Green. As a rule, the complexion looks shiny, feels slippery and the texture is greasy. And you likely still suffer from breakouts (bummer).

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Your skin is dry if. . .

A lizard-like complexion looks dull and feels parched. Patches of flaky skin and a chronic sensation of "tightness" are also common. "Dry skin types are prone to itchiness. But if skin isn't soothed by a rich moisturizer—or if the itchiness is accompanied by stinging, burning or inflammation, you're probably both dry and sensitive," says Green. For help with the latter, look below.

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Your skin is sensitive if. . .

The biggest difference between dry and sensitive skin? Sensitive skin is consistently reactive—as in, it is likely to itch, sting, burn or turn red upon contact with skincare, hair or fragrance products.

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First Published February 15, 2012

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Susan 03.09.2012

Thanks for this informative article.

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