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Do You Know Your SkinType?

Thomas Moore - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Do You Know Your Skin Type?

There are 5 BASIC skin types; normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive.   I say basic, because most people will fall into one of these 5 types but, through different reasons and variables, someone may have a combination of 2 or more.  In addition, aging skin is quickly becoming recognized as the 6th basic skin type. 

A skin care analysis and a consultation with one of our aestheticians is one of the best ways to determine your skin type and how to properly care for it.  There is, however, a simple self-test to help give you an indication what your skin type is.  


To determine your skin type, follow these simple steps.  After washing your face in the morning (do not apply any additional products), wait 1 hour, then take a tissue or piece of paper and wipe or blot your face.


If you skin belongs to a normal type, the tissue will not reveal any traces of oil.  Your skin should feel vibrant, elastic, and supple. Normal skin has a nice balance of moisture and oil and is the least problematic type.

It looks clean and smooth and has a good circulation and healthy complexion. Pores are minimally visible and skin has an even tone.  Even with minimum care, it will look good well into your advanced age.


If you have oily skin, the paper will have spots of facial oil on it, corresponding to the areas of your cheeks, nose, and forehead.  Oily skin is problematic – it usually looks greasy, thick, coarse, and shiny, has enlarged pores, and tends to break into acne.  

A good thing, though, is that oily skin is not prone much to aging and wrinkling. 


If your skin is dry, the paper will be clean, too, but your face skin will feel flaky, dry, and tight after you have wiped it.  Dry skin does not retain enough moisture.  A lack of oil makes the skin flaky and fragile and reduces its ability to act as a protective barrier.

Dry Skin can easily develop a sallow tone, wrinkles, and fine pores, and it is very prone to aging and irritation. 


If you skin is combination, like that of most women, the tissue will have traces of oil coming from your nose and forehead, but will be clean in the areas that touched your cheeks.

Combination skin is the most difficult type of skin to treat because it has patches of both dry and oily skin, and it requires different types of care in relation to particular facial areas.

Dry zones are usually located on the cheeks and around the eyes, while oily areas are usually on the forehead and nose.


 Sensitive skin is usually very dry, tends to feel tight, and becomes inflamed and irritated easily.Sensitive skin tends to burn easily, and typically develops reddish and scaly areas.  It can be itchy and tingly, and is prone to breaking into spots. It is the most problematic and fragile type of skin, which needs a very special type of care. To get the correct products for this skin type, requires great research.


Aging skin becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. Veins and bones can be seen more easily. Scratches, cuts, or bumps can take longer to heal. Years of sun tanning or being out in the sunlight for a long time may lead to wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and even cancer.

Knowing your skin type is very important when choosing skin care products and cosmetics. If you have never had a skin care analysis or facial you are probably among many others that don’t know their skin type. Using products that are not appropriate for your skin type can lead to acne, redness, sensitivity and many more reactions. 

At The Facial Aesthetic Center, we see clients all the time with unwanted skin issues that are frequently caused by or made worse, by using the wrong skin type products or by poor product usage. The aestheticians at our medical spa specialize in performing a skin analysis to help our clients identify their skin type and make suggestions on how to care for their skin. We also see clients who have no problematic skin but, want to enhance or improve their appearance.  

It is recommended that you visit us for a skin care analysis to help you access your skin type and 
to determine what products or treatments will help you love the skin you are in. 

All consultations are free; just call to schedule your appointment.

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