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Get to Know Your Skin Type
Posted by Dr. Joshua Fox

Get to Know Your Skin Type
Posted by Dr. Joshua Fox on September 3, 2014

Knowing your skin type is essential in order to make the right decision regarding proper skin care. Everyone’s skin is different since it is genetically determined. However, your skin type can change over time based on your age, diet, and how you take care of yourself. If you don’t know your skin type, you can’t correctly care for your face.


Dry skin occurs due to the lack of oil and moisture. It often looks and feels flaky, dry, tight, and rough. Skin that feels tight after cleansing can also indicate dry skin. Not caring for dry skin can cause:

  • Almost invisible pores
  • Rough, dull complexion
  • Red patches
  • Less elasticity
  • Visible lines
  • Irritation

Solution for dry skin:

  • Always apply moisturizer
  • Avoid long showers & hot baths
  • Avoid tanning
  • Don’t scrub
  • Use a humidifier


Oily skin happens when the skin produces too much sebum or oil. The skin usually appears moist, greasy, thick and shiny. Excessive sebum tends to block pores and is prone to acne. Not caring for oily skin can cause:

  • Large pores
  • Black heads
  • Pimples
  • Dull or shiny thick complexion

Solution for oily skin:

  • Cleanse twice a day
  • Don’t pick or pop pimples
  • Use a gentle cleanser
female using moisturizer photo


Combination skin is when the skin can be both oily and dry at the same time. This skin type can vary during seasons or environmental change. Combination skin is never too oily or too dry. Not caring for combination skin can cause:

  • Overly dilated pores
  • Shiny skin
  • Black heads

Solution for combination skin:

  • Use rich creamy moisturizers
  • Change skin routine every season depending on how the skin feels
  • Avoid bar cleansers

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