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Which Skin Type Do I Have?

by Jason Feldman on December 13, 2021


Which Skin Type Do I Have?


Everyone wants to have better skin. But the first step on the road to a healthy, glowing complexion is understanding which of the different skin types you have. Once you have this knowledge, you can buy the right products and build the skincare regime that works for you.

There are seven different skin types. Each has its own qualities and needs. Understanding what kind of skin you have can determine which products you need and which products you don't.

 The seven skin types are:

  • normal
  • oily
  • dry/dehydrated
  • combination
  • acne-prone
  • sensitive
  • mature


If you're not sure which of these skin types you have, this article will teach you how to identify your skin type and give you some ideas about how you can take care of it.


Normal Skin

Signs That You Have Normal Skin

Normal skin is firm and has very few wrinkles or fine lines. It's not prone to breakouts, and it doesn't react badly to new products or changes in the weather. Additionally, those with normal skin don't need to dry or moisturize their skin frequently during the day.

How to Care for Normal Skin

Normal skin is one of the most uncomplicated skin types to care for. It's not sensitive, oily, or dry and can handle almost anything you throw at it. If you're fortunate enough to be born with normal skin, you can go wild with a variety of cleansers, masks or moisturizers, safe in the knowledge that none of them will cause you an adverse reaction.


Oily Skin

Signs That You Have Oily Skin

Oily skin is often quite glossy. By the end of the day, it can become very greasy. The T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) has large pores, while the oiler regions of the face are prone to acne, blackheads, and pimples.

Many people with oily skin types find that makeup and other products don't stay on very well and almost slide off. Oily skin doesn't absorb liquids as well as other skin types. Interestingly, oily skin holds the top notes of perfume quite well, but it can occasionally enhance certain elements, causing an imbalanced fragrance. 

How to Care for Oily Skin

Oily skin can be a lot of work. An exfoliating cleanser in the morning and night is important, followed by a toner containing salicylic, glycolic, or lactic acid. Moisturizing is essential for oily skin. Some people find this surprising because their skin already feels quite moist. However, an oil-free or water-based moisturizer is recommended to reduce the skin’s production of more oil in response to dryness.


Dry/Dehydrated Skin

Signs That You Have Dehydrated Skin

While dry and dehydrated skin types are often lumped together, they are different things.

Dry skin types are flaky, sensitive, and itchy. Typically, this is the result of a lack of oil.

Dehydrated skin types are thin and papery. These qualities are the result of a lack of moisture.

How to Care for Dry/Dehydrated Skin

Dry skin requires frequent daily moisturizing. Also, you should avoid harsh soaps. Your environment can negatively affect dry skin, so keep your home warm and moist to help your skin. 

Dehydrated skin responds well to water-based products. Oil-based products can aggravate dehydrated skin types. Finally, make sure you drink plenty of water; it's excellent for all skin types, but especially dehydrated skin. 


Combination Skin

Signs That You Have Combination Skin

Combination skin has a mix of oily and dry characteristics. The T zone is often quite oily, with larger pores, while the cheeks and other areas can be dry. Combination skin is also prone to blackheads and impurities. Frequently, having trouble defining your skin type is a sign that its combination skin.


How to Care for Combination Skin

Combination skin is a mix of oily and dry skin. As a result, it's best to avoid treatments that aggravate these skin types, such as alcohol-based products. You can treat the oily zones with drying gels and lotions, while the dry areas benefit from hydrating oils and ointments. 

Essentially, people with combination skin types need to treat the different regions on their faces separately. For example, blotting paper is a good idea for removing the greasy or glossiness of the T zone.


Acne-Prone Skin

Signs That You Have Acne-Prone Skin

Acne-prone skin tends to clog easily, making the skin more sensitive to pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads than the other skin types. Frequent or near-constant breakouts are another sign that you have acne-prone skin.

Acne-prone skin can be either dry or oily. Additionally, as you might have guessed, it's susceptible to acne. However, it's important to note that blemishes on the skin aren't always a sign of acne. Some skin conditions, like rosacea, have similar symptoms to acne but are actually a sign of sensitive skin.

How to Care for Acne-Prone Skin

Acne-prone skin benefits from using specially formulated cleansers combined with moisturizers and exfoliants to help minimize and control breakouts. This skin type needs to be cleaned gently to avoid irritating existing breakouts. Additionally, you can use a topical get to reduce and treat acne scarring. 

Products with ingredients like retinol, salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxide, and clay are great for acne-prone skin types.


Sensitive Skin

Signs That You Have Sensitive Skin Skin

Sensitive skin has a variety of causes, like environmental factors, genetics, and allergies. You'll know you have sensitive skin if you develop rashes easily, you're prone to breakouts, and you sunburn quite easily.

Additionally, your skin might feel sore after applying skincare products or, more generally, have dry, irritated patches. Finally, some sensitive skin has an adverse reaction to perfume.

How to Care for Sensitive Skin

Those with sensitive skin need to choose their skin products carefully. The wrong ingredients can cause stinging, redness, irritation, and even acne breakouts. The best products for sensitive skin contain fewer additives and more anti-inflammatory properties.


Because fragrances cause a lot of issues for people with sensitive skin, it's best to choose alcohol-free and vegan perfumes, like our scents at JYCTY.


Mature Skin

Signs That You Have Mature Skin

Mature skin is a sign of ageing; however, because skin ages at different rates, even relatively younger people can develop the characteristics of this skin type. Dry or dehydrated skin that lacks luminosity, deep wrinkles, and open pores can indicate you have mature skin.

Additionally, a lack of tone or tightness, hyperpigmentation, or even a yellowish tinge can be other signs.


How to Care for Mature Skin

Mature skin requires an anti-ageing routine. Therapeutic treatments that boost collagen and protect against environmental damage and cell turnover are essential with these skin types. Mature skin has typically taken a considerable amount of damage over the years. As a result, skincare treatments need to repair past damage and also protect against future issues.



There are several different skin types. Each type has its own particular characteristics that can respond well to targeted treatment. You should be careful to select products that are kind to your skin type, which includes perfumes.


Many fragrances contain alcohol and other ingredients that irritate various skin types. To be sure that you are doing your skin a favour, you should consider alcohol-free and vegan perfumes, like our entire JYCTY range. Additionally, our fragrance oils are paraben and phthalate-free, making them perfect for any of the skin types above

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