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Just about every skin care product out there is formulated for a specific skin type, meaning that unless you know what your skin type is, you are likely using products that are not best suited to your skin. While everybody’s skin is definitely unique, there are a few ways in which you can determine your overall skin type so that you can then learn how to better care for it.

Examine Your Skin After Cleansing 

A simple way to begin to determine your skin type is to first cleanse your skin thoroughly, using a mild cleanser, and then gently pat it dry. Rather than applying any other products afterwards, leave your skin bare, and then examine your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead after half an hour, to see if any oil has built up. Do this again after an additional thirty minutes, making a few different facial expressions to assess whether or not your skin feels tight, dry, patchy or oily. If you have just a small amount of shine on your forehead or nose, you likely have normal or combination skin, while those who have quite a bit of shine, on the cheeks as well, would be classed as oily. If your skin feels quite dry, then this would point towards a dry skin type.

Use a Blotting Sheet 

You can also use a blotting sheet to try to determine your skin type. All you need to do is gently pat a blotting paper over different arts of your face, holding it up to the light each time to see how much oil you have managed to blot off. If there is barely any oil, this would mean your skin is dry, whereas if you have picked up a bit of oil from your forehead and nose, this would be normal or combination. If your blotting paper comes away saturated with oil each time, then this would indicate that your skin type is oily.

Examine Your Pores 

Taking a close look at your pores is another way to gain a better understanding of your skin type. Those who have normal skin tend to have pores that are barely noticeable, while those who have oily skin usually have larger pores, and these will often end up clogged due to the excess oil that is being produced. Those with dry skin would have small pores that often feel quite tight, whereas those with combination skin tend to have larger pores around the nose, but smaller pores around the cheeks and other areas of the face.

Once you have worked out what your skin type is, this will enable you to then give your skin a much higher level of care. Each skin type needs to be looked after in a different way, so make sure that the products and techniques that you are using are tailored to your skin’s exact requirements.

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Oily skin can be frustrating when you notice acne popping up or your makeup constantly melting away. Understanding the causes of this type of skin can help you control it and get your skin looking great. While genes are certainly a factor in the type of skin you have, there are also many other elements which contribute to it. They include improper use of skincare, weather, medications, hormones, diet, even your electronic gadgets can be a factor! Overloading your skin with the wrong types of skin care products and cleansing your face too often can send signals to your skin to produce more oil. Some cosmetics exacerbate oiliness as well. It is best to steer away from heavy creams or liquid foundations and instead choose a powder consistency, Humid weather feels wet and sticky and can make your skin feel that way as well. Androgenic steroids, some types of birth control, pregnancy, and menopause can all also contribute to more slick skin. As much as you love that iPhone or other brand smart phone it can be causing skin problems as well; make sure to wipe it down with alcohol on a regular basis to reduce the spread of bacteria and germs. And lastly watch you diet: too much sugar and fried foods can be your skins worst enemy. Instead choose more leafy greens, fresh fruits and more Vitamin B2 in your diet. Learn more about the causes of oily skin in this article.