Everyone's skin is different, but most people have skin that falls into one of the following categories: oily, dry, combination, sensitive or normal. Determining your skin type allows you to choose the moisturizers, cleaners, makeup and other skin care products that are best for your skin type, and it only takes a couple of minutes.

A good first step in determining your skin type is completing the blot test. When you first awake in the morning, take a plain piece of tissue, and blot your face. If you see a lot of oil on the tissue, you probably have oily skin. If you notice that the oil is only accumulating when you blot your t-zone, the area across your forehead and down your nose, and that the rest of your face is dry and flaky, you have combination skin. Little to no oil on the tissue indicates normal skin unless your skin is also flaky and crusty, in which case it indicates dry skin. If you notice that your skin easily becomes red and irritated, your skin type is sensitive, regardless of the amount of oil found on your tissue.

There are a few other characteristics that are indicative of certain skin types. If you are prone to blackheads and blemishes, you likely have oily skin. However, if you suffer from breakouts but never notice excess oil on the surface of your skin, you have sensitive skin. Your breakouts, in this case, are likely a reaction to products rather than to excess oil, and using products made for sensitive skin is likely to alleviate your breakouts.

Skin type often changes as you age, change your diet or move to a new climate, so re-evaluate your skin type at least every couple of months. Choose products that are made for your skin type, and you are sure to notice an improvement in your complexion with regular use.
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