What Is My Skin Type? This Simple Checklist Has the Answer

Posted on February 04, 2016 by Erin McKelle

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Everyone’s skin gets dry skin in the winter. But does that mean your skin type is dry? Skin care products and tips are often centered around skin type—but if you’re not sure what yours is, the information can often be confusing, contradictory, or misleading.

This simple checklist will allow you to determine what type of skin you have. If you answer “yes” to the questions under each headline, that means you’ve found your skin type. Also, keep in mind that your skin type can change as you age.

Oily Skin:
  • Does your t-zone get shiny during the afternoon?
  • Do you have large, visible pores?
  • Are you constantly dealing with breakouts?
  • Does your complexion look and feel greasy?

  • If you answered “yes” to at least three of these questions, then you probably have oily skin. It is is commonly characterized by having a lot of, well, excess oil. Essentially, oily skin is caused by your glands secreting too much oil that causes your skin to become irritated and break out.

    Dry Skin:
  • Does your skin start to flake in the afternoon?
  • Does your complexion look dull and often feel itchy?
  • Are you suffering from cracking, red patches, or bleeding?
  • Do your symptoms get worse during cold weather?

  • If you identify with these questions, than you likely have dry skin. A lack of moisture is heightens the symptoms of dry skin, which is why a lack of humidity can affect your complexion. If you have dry skin, you’re probably not doing enough to lock in moisture (there’s more to it than just wearing moisturizer).

    Combination Skin:
  • Is the skin in your t-zone oily and dry on the rest of your face?
  • Do you suffer from breakouts and dry patches?
  • Do you find yourself using different products for different parts of your face?
  • Could you identify with both the dry and oily skin questionnaires?

  • Combination skin is actually the most common skin type and is often caused by hormone imbalances and genetics, so you can thank your parents for your combination skin. There might not be much you can do, but treating your dry skin and oily skin separately is actually a good idea.

    Now, there are two other sub-skin types that you might also identify with. What is called “normal” skin essentially boils down to not experiencing many skin abnormalities or suffering from breakouts, oil, or dryness. If this is you, consider yourself lucky.

    You could also have skin that easily redens or is easily irritated, which indicates having sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, use new products with caution and try to keep a consistent skin care routine to prevent flare ups.

    Now, go forth and treat your skin type!


    • Erin McKelle is a feminist blogger and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Bustle, The Huffington Post, and Beautycon. @ErinMcKelle
    • About Us: Arithmetic is a new skincare company focused on helping adults achieve clear, healthy skin.
    • We make the cult-favorite Acne Control Complex spot treatment.

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