When you are looking for a new product, the main factor that decides whether you purchase it is your skin type. But what if you don’t know your skin type? Thankfully, there are tests that we can perform at home at no cost to find this crucial information for skincare. There are three main skin types: dry, normal, and oily. There are also sensitive and combination skin types. By deciding what kind of skin you have, you will be able to determine what kind of products to use. For example, dry skin peoples avoid harsh cleansers because it will make their skin flakier and may cause wrinkles to form. On the other hand, those with oily skin steer clear of heavy oils, such as coconut oil, because it will most likely lead to an angry, red, and itchy face.
Will Oils Clog Pores?
If you decide to use random vegetable oils in grocery stores, then yes, you will probably acquire some lovely pimples, but if you buy oils that are lighter and meant for your skin, it can end your acne problems forever. Even though it may sound counterintuitive, you can think of oils like food. If you eat fruits and vegetables, you will be healthier, but if you eat fried chicken and french fries, you will probably gain weight and obtain a higher cholesterol. Both of them are foods, but one obviously yields more desirable results than the other. So, replacing the oil on your face with a cleaner oil will lead to a clearer complexion.
Comedogenic Rating: A Quick Summary
Comedogenic ratings are based on a scale from 0-5 that measures the probability of an oil clogging your pores. 0 means that it will not clog your pores while 5 means that using that oil on your face almost always results in pimples.
Here are a few examples:
0- Will not clog pores (Hemp Seed Oil)
1- Low probability (Rosehip Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil)
2- Moderately Low (Almond Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil)
3- Moderate (Avocado Oil)
4- High (Palm Kernal Oil)
5- Almost certain to clog pores (Coconut Oil)
The Moment of Truth
The first step of finding your skin type is removing all products from your face.
1.) If you have any makeup on, wipe or wash it off.
2.) Use cool water to rinse your face.
3.) Gently pat your face dry with a towel.
4.) Wait for 1-2 hours
5.) Take a close look at your face and observe how it feels.
If your skin feels taut, has no sign of oils, or even skin beginning to peel off, you have dry skin. Try smiling, do wrinkles and small lines that weren’t there before suddenly appear? This is another sign that you have dry skin.
I find that avocado, almond, and apricot kernel oil work best for dry skin because they have a comedogenic rating of 2-3, which means that it has a low likelihood of clogging pores while offering an ample amount of moisture as well. As a swimmer, I experienced parched and cracked skin. This caused me to begin using avocado oil a year ago, and it has been very effective in keeping my skin soft.
If your forehead, nose, mouth area, and chin (also known as the T-zone because it is a T shape on the face), have a soft sheen while your cheeks feel a tiny bit dry, it is likely that you have normal skin.
Rosehip seed oil and sea buckthorn oil provide plenty of vitamins such as E, C, omega-3, and omega-6. This, in turn, fights aging and promotes a “glow”. I usually like to combine these oils with avocado oil so I can get the best of both worlds.
If your whole face feels moisturized and has plenty of oil, especially on the T-zone, you have oily skin.
Oily skin calls for non-comedogenic oils, especially hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is green, has a slightly nutty smell, and is great for acne-prone skin. Hemp oil is always the first oil I recommend to people because it doesn’t clog pores.
Combination skin is just what it sounds like; a combination of two or even all three of the main skin types. This is possible because some patches of your skin may be noticeably drier or oilier. For instance, my cheeks are usually parched while my forehead produces excess oil. For combination faces, it is best to start with lighter oils such as hemp oil. If you think your skin is still too dry, you can work your way up to heavier oils such as almond or avocado oil.
Another common type of combined skin type is oily and dry. Even though your skin produces excess oil, you always feel like your skin is tight, and skin continuously flakes off. This could mean that you are using too many drying products and your skin is trying to recover by creating more oil, which you then try to remove again with more cleansers. This is a very vicious cycle but luckily, it can be broken. The first step for this type of skin is to stop using oil stripping cleaners and replace it with plain yogurt and ground oatmeal. I usually use this while I shower and apply it as if it is a normal cleanser. After you wash it off, use hemp oil as a moisturizer, and your skin will most likely begin to improve after a few days of continuous use.
Our skin is precious and everyone should treat his or her skin as if it is sensitive. No one is spared the damaging effects caused by surroundings such as the air quality and the sun. We must protect our skin if we want to maintain our youthful complexions. Even if your skin is already aging, it is not too late to change your skincare and possibly “reverse the clock”.
Embrace your Individuality
No one’s skin is exactly the same and these tests are just a guide to help you find what works best for you. Once again, if you are afraid of clogging your pores, start off with a light oil such as hemp oil. Judging by how dry or moisturized your face feels after a week or so, you can decide whether to change to a more moisturizing oil.
If you have any comments or questions, leave them below and I would be happy to answer them!