Skin Type Quiz: How to Identify Your Skin Type for Personalized Care

Take this skin type quiz designed by skincare expert Lisa Huyen of to help determine if your skin is normal, dry, oily, sensitive or combination.

Figuring out your unique skin type is key to creating an effective, personalized skincare routine. This skin care quiz will help you identify whether you have normal, oily, dry, sensitive or combination skin so you can address your skin’s specific needs.

Skin Type Quiz: How to Identify Your Skin Type for Personalized Care

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Here are 10 frequently asked questions about determining your skin type, with answers to help readers identify their skin category and care for it properly:

What are the different skin types?

There are 5 main skin types:

  • Normal - Balanced, with even texture, no visible pores or flaws
  • Oily - Overactive sebaceous glands lead to greasy shine, especially T-zone
  • Dry - Lack of moisture; feels tight and flaky, may have red patches
  • Combination - Oily T-zone but normal or dry on cheeks
  • Sensitive - Easily irritated, redness, itching; may overlap other types

How do I know if I have oily, dry or sensitive skin?

Pay attention to how your skin looks and feels:

  • Oily - Visible shine a few hours after cleansing, pores look congested
  • Dry - Tight, rough feeling; flakes, fine lines especially around eyes
  • Sensitive - Red, inflamed; stinging, burning sensation after product use

Also note when during the day oiliness or tightness becomes noticeable.

What’s the best way to determine my exact skin type at home?

Dermatologists recommend these methods:

  • Blotting paper test - Use oil-absorbing paper on different facial zones to measure oil secretion over time
  • Water test - Splash face with lukewarm water and assess condition after pat drying
  • Skin texture check - Examine pores, lines, red or rough patches in natural light

Trying different products can also reveal sensitivities.

How often should I reassess my skin type?

Re-evaluate every 6 months as skin changes with age, seasons, hormones and lifestyle. Skin may shift from oily to dry (or vice versa) in your 20s and 30s. During menopause declining estrogen can cause increased dryness.

Do combination and sensitive skin need special care?

Yes, customize routines by zone. For combination skin:

  • Use oil control products like toners, gels on T-zone
  • Hydrating creams on cheeks

For sensitive skin:

  • Avoid harsh ingredients like alcohol, retinol, glycolic acid
  • Focus on soothing elements like oatmeal, aloe vera, chamomile

What ingredients should oily and acne-prone skin look for?

  • Oil-free or non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) formulas
  • Mattifying clays, charcoal, silica to absorb excess oil
  • AHA/BHA exfoliants like glycolic, salicylic acid to keep pores clear
  • Benzoyl peroxide to eliminate acne-causing bacteria

What’s the best skincare routine for dryness and flakiness?

AM: Gentle cleanser > antioxidant serum > hydrating SPF moisturizer

PM: Makeup remover > gentle cleanser > treatment serum > rich night cream

Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Humidify indoor air.

How often should I exfoliate based on my skin type?

  • Dry: 1-2 times a week
  • Normal: 2-3 times a week
  • Oily/Combination: 3-4 times a week
  • Sensitive: Once a week, avoiding scrub formulas

Build up slowly if new to exfoliants.

Are there any dietary changes that can improve skin?

Yes, eat more:

  • Essential fatty acids - salmon, walnuts
  • Vitamin C - citrus fruits, spinach
  • Vitamin E - almonds, avocado
  • Zinc, Vitamin A - eggs, nuts and seeds
  • Hydrating foods - cucumber, watermelon

And cut sugar which can inflame skin.

When should I see a dermatologist about my skin?

Consult a dermatologist if you have severe, persistent or worsening:

  • Acne
  • Eczema/psoriasis
  • Redness/irritation
  • Changing moles

They can assess medical conditions and prescribe treatment if needed.

Knowing your skin type enables proper care, so take the skin type quiz designed by skincare advisor Lisa Huyen for insights into tailored skincare.