The Difference Between Skin Types

by Natalia Munoz on January 28, 2022


Figuring out your skin type is critical for self-care. It might seem like a simple task, but just knowing about your skin type can make all the difference in protecting it from dust, pollutants, and chemicals so that you can have that glow you have always desired. 

In this article, we will walk you through some of the basic skin types and their characteristics so that you can care for your skin in a better way! So let's get started.


Dry Skin

Dry skin, in most cases, is a temporary condition caused by external factors like lack of humidity in the air and prolonged exposure of skin to hot water. But for a small proportion of people, it could be a lifelong condition. It is characterized by rough texture, itching, and a feeling of tightness. The worrying thing is dry skin is predisposed to cracks that disturb the normal skin barrier.

As a result, bacteria can enter the skin and cause different infections. In addition, if you have dry skin, your skin needs a lot of moisturizing care and protection from pollutants in the environment.


Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin demands a lot of care and attention because it is predisposed to allergens in the environment to an abnormal degree. It can manifest as itching, redness, flares, scaly texture, and burning. In addition, there are chemicals called triggers that can cause an inflammatory reaction after exposure.

So you need to figure out your triggers and avoid them. Ironically most of these triggers are found in cosmetic products, so if you have sensitive skin, you need to be cautious before trying out a new product. Fortunately, there is a wide range of products specially designed for sensitive skin.


Mixed Skin

As the name suggests, mixed skin contains properties of different skin types. People having mixed skin will have oily skin at some parts of their faces with dry skin on the other parts. The classical manifestation is a so-called oily T zone covering the forehead, nose, and chin with dry skin covering the rest of the face.

The cause is usually an imbalance in the concentration of glands at different parts of the face. It can be challenging caring for mixed skin, but your skin will sustain a healthy glow with the right approach! The different zones require different products, and with some degree of experimentation, you will find the right combination for your beautiful mixed skin.


Normal Skin

While this label is highly subjective because all skin types are normal and beautiful. Normal skin generally refers to skin that balances oily, dry, and sensitive components. It can function optimally with significantly less risk of flakiness or acne breakouts and is less prone to sensitivity.



There is no universal system to classify different skin types, but generally, they can be grouped according to various characteristics. Skin types are associated with several factors that alter the normal balance in either direction. Some of these factors are hydration, sensitivity levels, and sebum production. Different skin types have varying degrees of balance between these factors and require different care routines. Another fascinating fact is that your skin type can get altered with changes in environment and age!