What is My Skin Type?

Coastal Dermatology Skin Type Questionnaire Stonington CT

What is My Skin Type PhotoA lot of us wonder: "What is My Skin Type"?

  • Is it oily most of the time? Dry? Sensitive?
  • Wrinkled? Brown blotchy? Red and flushes easily?
  • Do many skin care products irritate your skin? Combination skin?
  • Does it change based on the weather, season, body cycles?

Take the following Skin Type Questionnaire to help you better understand: what is my skin type and how do I best take care of it.

Skin Type Questionnaire

Click on the PAPER AND PENCIL ICON TO THE LEFT to print out the Skin Type Questionnaire. Answer the questions, follow the directions on page 4 of the Questionnaire to determine your Skin Type Score. Your Score determines your Skin Type for the characteristics of Dry or Oily and Sensitive or Resistant. Then, find your combination of Dry-or-Oily and Sensitive-or-Resistant in the following sections to read more about your skin and how to best care for it.

Skin Type Categories

Find your skin type group listed below to learn more about how to care for your skin--which skin care products and treatments will help your skin look its best.

Oily and Sensitive

Oily sensitive skin is plagued with  acne breakout yet has difficulty tolerating acne, anti-oil, anti-aging, sunscreen, and other products because of the sensitivity issues.

You need to choose skin products that are calming, yet oil free. Cleansers and anti-aging products need to strike a balance between having biologically active ingredients but of the right category so they do not irritate and inflame the skin. Sunscreens should be light, contain skin-calming ingredients, and few additives that could be irritating.

Within the Oily and Sensitive Group, you can also further sub-categorize your skin type as:

  • "Wrinkled" or "Tight" -this refers mostly to aging of the skin--mature skin versus younger skin.
  • "Pigmented" or "Non-Pigmented" - this refers to whether your skin has a lot of sun and age brown spots, or melasma, or other brown blotches, or gets brown marks left over from acne marks and cuts.

To learn more about the Oily Sensitive Skin Type and specific product recommendation for Oily Sensitive Skin, read on.

Oily and Resistant

Oily and Resistant skin is more oily than dry, and non-reactive. You may get shiny, have large pores, but you do not get irritated by many skin care products. The great plus of Oily Resistant skin is that you can experiment with skin care products without the possible irritation and inflammation of Sensitive skin types.

Within the Oily and Resistant Group, you can also further sub-categorize your skin type as:

  • "Wrinkled" or "Tight" -this refers mostly to aging of the skin--mature skin versus younger skin.
  • "Pigmented" or "Non-Pigmented" - this refers to whether your skin has a lot of sun and age brown spots, or melasma, or other brown blotches, or gets brown marks left over from acne marks and cuts.

To learn more about the Oily and Resistant skin, how to best take care of it, which skin care products work the best, and appropriate skin treatments--read on.

Dry and Sensitive

Dry sensitive skin is flaky, hyper-reactive, inflamed, stinging, flushed, red, often parched, yet intolerant of many moisturizers so is difficult to hydrate. You are constantly chasing the dryness and irritation by trying different products--which seem to inflame the skin more--continuing the irritation, stinging, and burning.

The skin cells, your "barrier", is always dry and injured--which allows for skin products and environmental exposures to "get in"--which causes inflammation and redness--further breaking down the barrier. You need to focus on finding products that moisturizer your skin without irritation, re-build the skin cells and barrier, and decrease inflammation. 

Within the Dry and Sensitive Group, you can also further sub-categorize your skin type as:

  • "Wrinkled" or "Tight" -this refers mostly to aging of the skin--mature skin versus younger skin.
  • "Pigmented" or "Non-Pigmented" - this refers to whether your skin has a lot of sun and age brown spots, or melasma, or other brown blotches, or gets brown marks left over from acne marks and cuts.

Read on to learn how to handle the challenging constantly dry and inflamed Skin Type of Dry and Sensitive.

Dry and Resistant

Dry and Resistant has to deal with dry, flaking, always changing skin. But it tolerates a lot of different skin care options. Hydration and sun protection are key to keep your skin calm--and to help it age as healthy as it can.

Within the Dry and Resistant Group, you can also further sub-categorize your skin type as:

  • "Wrinkled" or "Tight" -this refers mostly to aging of the skin--mature skin versus younger skin.
  • "Pigmented" or "Non-Pigmented" - this refers to whether your skin has a lot of sun and age brown spots, or melasma, or other brown blotches, or gets brown marks left over from acne marks and cuts.

Read more about the Dry and Resistant Skin Type to best select your skin products and procedures.

Information on this page summarizes and is excerpted from: "The Skin Type Solution" by Leslie Baumann, MD, 2010.

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