The least problematic of all the various types, Normal skin requires the least amount of attention and care. Naturally healthy, and radiant, the pores are usually small, while the complexion remains even and breakout-free. This type is said to be in balance because it is neither known to flake, nor get greasy. At midday, the clear skin still looks fresh and clean.
Characterized by grease, oily skin is known to be a tad bit difficult to control as compared to the others. While it feels nice and hydrated after washing, by midday, oily skin is usually slick and shiny, especially across the t-zone or the forehead, nose and chin. The pores are normally large, and the texture is generally coarse and acne-prone. Commonly seen in young people, oily skin is often caused due to overactive skin glands. The oiliness is exacerbated by hormones, heat and humidity, and even everyday stresses.
Often associated with a dull complexion, Dry skin feels taut, is flaky and significantly prone to early aging, fine lines, red patches, itchiness, cracking, peeling, and wrinkles. This skin type is almost always dehydrated and requires plenty of moisture. It rarely, if ever, gets greasy, or breaks out. The pores are tiny, and the texture is papery and thin. In rather extreme cases of dry skin, the skin significantly lacks elasticity and is extremely sensitive to harsh environment.
After washing, the skin feels tight, almost akin to being too small for the face. By midday, more than a few dry, flaky patches have formed. In people of color, dry skin often appears ‘ashy’ or seems dull from a residual dead skin buildup.
The most common of all skin types, combination skin combines and exhibits the features of normal, oily, and dry skin types. Generally due to a genetic predisposition or hormonal imbalance, Combination skin usually features an oily T-zone that is the forehead, nose, above the mouth, and chin, with flaky and dry cheeks. The pores are medium sized, while the texture is usually even and smooth.
After washing the oily areas feel nice and refreshed, while the dry ones feel taut and stretched. By midday, the T-zone is considerably oily, with grease coming off on a tissue paper. The oily parts are also known to be acne-prone –if the acne is uncontrollably severe, it’s recommended that you consult a dermatologist.