Best 4 Methods to Identify Your Skin Type

Different types of skin

It Can Be Tricky!

If you’ve read my article on the different skin types, then you might be a little bit unclear on how to differentiate these varying types. This is understandable as it can be a little hard to separate a few of them.

However, despite the confusion, it is key to appreciate the importance of identifying the different skin types that cover your face and body. Only by correctly doing this can we hope then to pinpoint exactly what we need to do to improve and enhance our complexion.

Below I have complied four easy-to-do methods that will help you to correctly gauge the different skin types that is present on your body.

Also please do check out our acne treatment guide - something that is always linked with potential issues.

Method 1: Use Blotting Paper

This method is straight forward and very useful. It involves using blotting paper in order to determine the skin type in question.

This method is most pertinent in attempting to discover if you have excessively oily skin or a complexion that is severely lacking in sebum/oil.

The trick it to use the blotting paper on skin that has not been washed recently or come in contact with cosmetics.

The best way to ensure this is to wash your face before you go to bed, ensuring that you remove all the makeup or other cosmetics that you may have applied. 

Also, refrain from moisturizing as you’ll want you face clear of even beneficial elements.

Blotting paper

Then, in the morning, gently press the blotting paper to the different areas of face that you want to check. Don’t rub your skin with the paper as this will cause irritation, so instead just blot. The result will be that you’ll be able to see the amount of oil that is present in the different areas of your.

If you have an excessively oily complexion, then there will be quite a large amount oil present on the blotting paper. In contrast, if the paper is absent of oil then you’ll know you have dry or sensitive skin in that area.

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Areas that this method is best suited for:

Areas of skin

Method 2: Take a Close Look in the Mirror

This may seem a bit obvious and simple, but sometimes the best methods are indeed are ever so obviously simple!! 😊 When it comes to discerning what type of skin type you have, more often than not you can figure this out by simply taking a good look at the chosen area.

This is particularly relevant for an oily complexion. This type is very noticeable to the eye as the skin will look more shiny than usual. It can even look somewhat greasy which is not what we want for our faces.

Below is a quick guide to what to look for when it comes to differing types:

Skin Type

Visual Characteristics


Normally oily in T-Zone area, dry on cheeks & under eyes


Red & flaky


Healthy & smooth


Shiny & greasy


Inflamed & irritated

By following the above list, you should be able to, for the most part, pinpoint which skin type yours is.

Method 3: The Sense of Touch

Again, this is another straightforward method but one that is very effective. We use our sense of touch every day of our lives to ascertain the nature of things.

Understanding what type of skin you have is also something that your sense of touch can help you with. Oily complexions will leave visible residue on your fingertips, while healthy, fresh skin will feel smooth to the touch.

I would add thought that it is most definitely advisable to wash your hands before you go touching your face!! Some of my colleagues are avid believers that people should never touch their face. 

clear and healthy

There's no real danger, however, as long as your paws are clean. 🙂

Below is a quick guide of what the different skin types feel like:

Skin Type

Visual Characteristics


Visible residue will be evident when touched


Coarse to the touch & will feel tight


Will feel irritated & a tingly sensation




A mixture of the above types

Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of this method. Follow the guide above and you’ll soon be able to differentiate between the different skin types.

Method 4: Seek a Professional’s Opinion

This is probably the last one that people would actually consider as it takes a bit more time and effort than the other three. Also, you’ll have to pay for a consultation fee in the process – dermatologists and doctors don’t work for free after all! 😊

I personally think that you’ll be able to pinpoint your different skin types from the first three methods that I have discussed thus far. However, if you want a concrete opinion, or if you’re struggling to identify the type in question for whatever reason, then don’t hesitate in choosing this method.


Also, and this is important, if you are suffering from any type of persistent malady then it’s key that you visit a dermatologist or doctor in the near future.

Final Word

I hope that this article has supplied you with a few ideas in how you can go about correctly identifying the different skin types that make up your complexion.

As always, feel free to get in touch with theHealthBase team regarding any matters that you need help with. The Team or I will get back to you with a reply in no time at all. 😊

As mentioned at the start of this piece, acne and skin queries often go hand in hand. Therefore, it may very well be worth your time to have a quick read of our acne reference guide -

To Your Health,



Hey gang! My name is Maggie and I'm a proud contributor to The Health Base. My full time profession is that of an Aromatherapist which I adore - nature and goodness is what I'm all about! Any time that you'd like a good chinwag with me, you can get in touch here. Talk soon! XoXoXo