There are lots of quizzes online that help you determine if you have oily or dry skin, but there’s a lot more to your skin type than just how much oil your skin produces. Skin pigmentation, tightness, and sensitivity also play important roles in what kind of acne you’re likely to experience, and more importantly, what type of acne treatment will work best for you.
To learn more about how these differences affect your skin, watch the video below, and to determine your skin type, take our comprehensive skin quiz.
Our comprehensive skin type test is designed to tell you as much about your skin type as possible by asking you a few simple questions about what your skin is normally like. These questions will help determine where your skin falls on four important skin type spectrums: oily vs. dry, sensitive vs. resistant, loose vs. tight, and pigmented vs. non-pigmented. The quiz should only take a few minutes to complete, and when you’re finished, you will have a much clearer picture of what your skin is really like and what kind of acne treatments are most effective for your unique skin.
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This first section of the skin type test will ask a series of questions about your skin to help assess whether your skin is oily or dry.
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Knowing whether your skin is sensitive or resistant is vital for effective acne treatment. The questions in this section will help you figure out where your skin falls on the spectrum from sensitive to resistant.
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Many other skin quizzes skip over this important factor in skin type, but our comprehensive quiz can help you determine whether your skin is loose or tight so that you can find the right skincare regimen for your skin type.
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Skin pigmentation can play an important role in skin type and acne, which is why we have an entire section dedicated to helping you determine whether or not your skin is prone to pigmentation.
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When it comes to acne treatment, it’s important to understand your skin in and out. Is your skin oily or dry? Sensitive, or resistant? Loose, or tight? Heavily pigmented, lightly pigmented, or somewhere in between? All of these properties affect how your skin reacts to various acne treatments, and the better you know your skin, the better it will look.
You can find a wide variety of articles out there discussing the differences between oily skin and dry skin, sensitive skin and resistant skin, and so on, so we’ll only cover those topics briefly before digging into the most important aspect of this article: racial differences in acne skin care. For more information on dry acne-prone skin, sensitive acne-prone skin, and more, check out the video and skin quiz above.
The biggest difference between oily and dry skin is how much oil the skin produces. If you produce more oil, your face is likely shiny and you may have more pimples than blackheads or whiteheads. If you produce less oil, your skin may be flaky and you may have more clogged pores than pimples.
Skin sensitivity is a wide spectrum. Many people fall somewhere in the middle, and their skin improves most when they figure out what products or ingredients irritate their skin, and avoid them. Your may be sensitive to something in your current skin care products if your skin stings or turns red after application.
Finally, it’s important to know whether your skin is tight or loose, because it helps determine which kinds of products you should include in your daily routine. If you have relatively loose skin (take the skin quiz above to find out) you may benefit from adding a toner to your routine, but if you have tight skin, moisturizer would be more helpful.