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New York dermatologist Macrene Alexiades explains how to determine your skin type—once and for all—so you know how to get the right products for your face.
DRY Your face feels dry to the touch, and when you blot, no oil comes off on the paper. Other indicators: Your skin becomes parched after washing, and you observe tiny flakes if you skip moisturizing.
OILY If your skin is moist after washing, feels supple even without moisturizer, and gets shinier as the day progresses, chances are it's oily. When you blot with paper, you may even see the oil.
COMBINATION The outer parts of your face are dry, but throughout the day the T-zone—your forehead, nose, and chin—gets oily.
SENSITIVE Your face may flush easily or get irritated from triggers like heat, hot water, sun, wind, alcohol, spicy food, and skin-care products containing acids or retinols.
—Lexi Dwyer, BRIDES magazine