Observe Your Pore Size
People plagued with oily skin tend to have larger than usual sized pores, this is followed by normal skin type and those with dry skin often have invisible pores. This usually causes those with oily skin to suffer with more blackheads and pimples on their faces because their pores are larger than normal, and with their pores being more open, this makes it susceptible to allowing dirt and oil to clog the pores.
Combination skin type suffer similarly but only on their T-zone area, while normal and dry skin types are less acne-prone.
Amount of Oil
Observe the amount of oil produced by your skin through the day. With combination skin type, your skin will be oily at the T-zone area but the rest of your face will be normal in oil production.
For oily skin types, your skin will be uncontrollably oily, while dry skin types often feel like tightness of their skin with occasional peeling or cracking. Sensitive skin types often get flushed and red and may itch if triggered.
Stagger Usage of New Products
When using new products, stagger its usage and carefully observe your skin’s reaction when using new products.
An example is by simply cleansing your face. If you use an oil control cleanser and certain areas of your face feels tight and squeaky clean or dry, this means that you might need to moisturise with a richer type of moisturiser o use a soap free cleanser and only use the oil control cleanser on suitable areas of your face.
Identifying Sensitive Skin
Identifying sensitive skin is the hardest and many people often mistakenly assume their skin is sensitive when they get negative reactions from using a product unsuitable for their skin.
The key difference is that sensitive skin is thinner and flush more easily. Sensitive skin is also genetically predisposition to having skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
People who mistakenly assume they have sensitive skin may simply have sensitised skin, which develops due to lifestyle and environmental factors such as exposure to extreme temperature, unprotected sun exposure, using skincare that is too harsh and overdoing laser treatments.
Sensitive and sensitised skin may appear similar, but they require different kinds of treatments. Sensitive skin requires gentle products with fewer ingredients and as natural as possible, while sensitised skin only requires gentle products as the damaged skin barrier recovers, and eventually will revert back to its original skin type.