DERMA-tic! -skin types. 

DERMA-tic is what I’m gonna be for the next few weeks. And to all my scholar readers, this is not an actual English word, don’t use it in your tests to flex your prowess in the language. You will be kicked out of the class performance list faster than Britney Spears’ movie career.

Derma simply means SKIN.

Helluuurr faves! Gimme some skin?!

So I recently got a strange interest towards skin. That made me feel like I hadn’t given mine proper attention for the longest time ever. I did a couple of things in regard to this.

  1. I looked back into my uncalled for constant face break outs, paleness issues and not so happy skin.
  2. I learned about some skin facts, tricks and products (which I’m going to share with you guys in this and my future posts).

All my life I’ve been knowing that I have an oily skin. But what now? So I kept enduring break-outs and having to invest in loads of make-up to help conceal my blemishes and brighten up my dull face.

That sliiiides us into our topic for today. SKIN TYPES. Do you know what type your skin is? Do you know how many skin types we’ve got? You might probably be knowing your skin type but that information without any action is just as useless as those fridges that don’t have a light inside-you can’t snack in the middle of the night.

What’s such a fridge for?

Apparently, in every race, we have 5 major skin types.

  1. Normal skin
  2. Oily skin
  3. Dry skin
  4. Combination skin
  5. Sensitive skin

It is important to note that these skin types are caused by hereditary conditions, extreme weather, ageing, unsuitable beauty regimen, diet and nature of showers(like long hot showers cause dry skin). You don’t necessarily have to have one skin type all your life just like you have your name. It changes with those factors.

How to determine your skin type you ask?


  • T-Zone – this is the area around your forehead, nose and down to your chin.
  • C-Zone –   this is the outer part from the T-Zone. The area around your cheeks and mouth.
The C-Zone consists of the outer parts from the T-Zone.

That stated, we have 4 main ways of determining your skin type. Those two zones mostly help you figure that out. The first three methods are DIYs, you can do them from the comfort of wherever. The very first DIY way of knowing your skin type is:

  1. Touch test. Wash your face at night really well before you go to bed. Do not use any skincare product or night time regimen. When you wake up in the morning, touch your face. Concentrate on the two zones to see if they’re feeling oily, damp or extremely dry and sensitive.

If your T-Zone and C-Zone feel oily, then you have an oily skin.

If your T-Zone is oily but your C-Zone is dry, you have normal or combination skin.

If your skin just feels dry on both of the zones, your skin is dry.

If it feels generally flaky and sensitive, most times it feels tight and sore, you have a sensitive skin.

2. Visual examination. This is a very straight forward way of examining your skin. Just look into the mirror.

Normal skin looks and feels soft, like there’s hardly any oil, very supple and clean and the pores are practically invisible.

Oily skin appears greasier, shinier and with large visible pores.

Dry skin appears dry, rough and the pores are invisible.

Combination skin appears like an oily T-Zone with larger pores on that same zone and a drier C-Zone that looks like normal or dry skin. It’s basically combined,as the name suggests.

Sensitive skin looks tight after washing, reacts to products, looks dry,sore and a red appearance may be there, depending on your skin color.

3. Tissue Test.  Take a dry piece of tissue paper and tap it onto your face. Concentrate on the T-Zone and the C-Zone mostly. Let it stand on the skin for a minute or two, then look at it.

Traces of oil and greasiness on the paper? You definitely have oily skin.

No trace of oil on the paper? That’s dry or normal skin.

This method, however, isn’t as accurate as it really doesn’t quite give clear-cut result differences.

4. Visit a dermatologist. This is the most obvious way that’s not a DIY. The dermatologist will check your skin type and also advise you accordingly on how diligently you are to take care of your skin.

That basic information is important as it helps you know how to deal with your skin. On the next post of DERMA-tic series, we’ll talk about common skin problems that are affiliated to the skin types.

If you’re reading this, it’s too late because Captain is already out.


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