Skin Care Tips: How to Test Oily Skin
There are 4 primary types of skin — normal, oily, dry, and sensitive.
Combination skin is another type and is found in people who have a combination of the above-mentioned types in different parts of their skin.
The weird thing about your skin type is that it can change over a period of time depending on the environment, lifestyle, age, moisture retention capability of your skin, its oil content and a couple more.
Characteristics of Oily Skin
- Large visible pores around chin, nose and forehead.
- A thick complexion that is either dull or shiny
- Face getting greasy within one to two hours after cleansing
- Face ridden with blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, or other marks.
- Frequent acne, whiteheads and blackheads breakouts.
- Visible shine in face, especially by mid-day.
A greasy appearance, disappearing makeup and sudden breakouts are all hard to control uglies that are likely be caused by oily glands.
Oily skin is the result of hormonal changes in the body — and the bad news is that it is topically impossible to alter. These hormones are particularly androgens — the male hormones.
Androgens are present in both males and females and they control the oil-producing sebaceous glands. This natural oil is beneficial for our skin because it acts as a barrier and prevents the skin from getting dry and dehydrated. But when produced in excess, it expands the pore size to accommodate the excess oil production. It also thickens the pore lining which traps in the oil and possibly results in white bumps and blackheads.
Testing For Oily Skin
Are you unsure if your entire skin or some parts of it are oily?
Try this blotting test.
Take a blotting sheet and place it against your T-zone (the area that holds the nose and the eyes), cheeks, nose and chin one after another.
Use a different blotting paper for each area.
If you notice oil (that appears to be above normal) absorbed on the sheet then you have oily skin, and if you notice excess oil on some parts, then you have combination skin.
This test will help you learn if you have oily or combination skin. Read this article to understand how to care for it.
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