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Understanding your skin type. What are the different types of skin?


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We see numerous skin products available in the market these days, but how do we know what is best suited for our skin? Skin type may change over the years based on different factors like age, climate, water intake, vitamin or mineral deficiency, etc., therefore knowing skin type is a must to figure out the best ways of taking care of the skin.

Before we proceed, let's learn what is a T-Zone on our face (this is a widely used term while determining skin type): A T-Zone on the face is the area of forehead, nose, and chin, which makes a T on your face.

Normal Skin

 This skin type is neither too oily nor too dry and has an equal balance of both. Your skin is normal if you have a natural glow and shine on your face. This skin type has no or very few blemishes or spots. The skin pores for normal skin types are not much visible. Normal skin feels smooth to touch and is not sensitive.

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Combination Skin

This skin type is oily on the T-Zone(forehead, nose, and chin) and dry to normal on the rest of the face. Your skin is combination type if your forehead and nose appear shinier than the rest of your face and you experience blackheads on your nose and chin. The skin pores are visible and you may experience acne on the chin and areas around your nose sometimes.

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Dry Skin

This skin type is usually rough to feel and lacks elasticity. The overall complexion is dull with more visible lines but less to no visible pores. The skin lacks moisture and cracks or becomes itchy easily. People with very dry skin experience flakes or scales on hands and feet with itchiness at times. Dry skin is sensitive and reacts to heat, extreme cold.

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Oily Skin

This skin type appears shiny in all areas of the face. The skin pores are large and visible. Oily skin is prone to acne, blackheads, and sensitivity due to high sebum production in the skin. People with oily skin experience blackheads, acne not only on the face but also on the back, areas around the chest and neck.

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