Skincare 101: How To Determine Your Skin Type


Do you want to know how to determine your skin type? Look no further.

People ask me for  skin care recommendations all the time. I always follow with the same two questions- What’s your skin type and what’s your budget? Seems like simple enough questions. While most people know their budget like the back of their hand, everyone does not know their skin type.

This is a no shame zone, I’m here to help you.

Here’s how you can determine your skin type

Materials needed:

how to determine your skin type

  • Skin cleanser (I recommend Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar)
  • Towel
  • Blotting tissues



  1. Wash your face with a skin cleanser
  2. Rinse thoroughly
  3. Gently pat dry with a towel
  4. Wait one approximately one hour
  5. Dab your face with the blotting paper


Pay attention to that blotting paper

  • Normal- It shows no oil or flaky skin. Your skin is probably supple and smooth (note: this is the rarest skin type).
  • OilyYour tissue or oil blotting paper will be greasy. You may also notice large pores and shiny skin.
  • Dry- Your skin may feel tight or show dead skin flakes.
  • Combination: You can see a little normal, a little dry and a little oily. Normally, the skin is oily in the t-zone area and dry everywhere else.


So there you have it! The ultimate (and super easy) guide to determine your skin type! Enjoy and share.

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

12 thoughts on “Skincare 101: How To Determine Your Skin Type

  1. Shipra Taneja

    THIS is a post I have been searching for. I had no idea what my skin type was until I had a consultation with a skincare company, and that helped but this is even better! 🙂


  2. Kristi Vasquez

    Looks like I am a combo kind of gal – but if I do this in the winter vs in the summer (of Arizona) I may be more oily vs combo. Thanks for this!


  3. jamie @makeuplifelove

    Such a great post and such great tips. So many people have no clue what their skin type is. Totally bookmarking and sharing!!!


  4. Nik

    This is a really great post and I’m sure it’ll be super helpful for a ton of people. Finding your skin type can be challenging, but this is the perfect way to do it.


  5. Ann

    Love this! I’m an oily gal


  6. Emily Draher • Casual Contrast

    Great tips! I am definitely combination – which can get a little complicated when it comes to skincare!


  7. Melissa

    I am combination. My nose produces more oil than the middle east and my cheeks are tight and dry. *sigh*


  8. Honeygirlk

    I am dry… but can be combo in the summer. This is a great guide – thanks for sharing.


  9. Nina at Model City

    Great post!!!! I am going to give this a try!


  10. Katie Garvin // From My Vanity

    Very helpful! I am most definitely OILY! Haha, I don’t even need to wait an hour to see those grease spots 😛


  11. FairyTales Nails

    Really helpful post, I’ll have to give this a try now I know it’s so simple x


  12. Summer Williams

    Oily af over here sis. =(


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