Dry skin is caused by a low level of sebum (oil) and/or a low level of collagen in the skin. As we age and oil/collagen levels decrease, dryness tends to increase. Fine lines, chapping and, in extreme cases, cracking, are signs of dry, dehydrated skin.
Do you have over-productive oil glands in your forehead, nose and chin area? Are the pores in this oily "T" zone larger than the outer areas of your face? You have "combination" skin. The good news is this skin type is generally slower to show fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. The downside can be more frequent breakouts, large pores and a greasy appearance.
Do you have a hard time finding skincare and makeup products that don't irritate your skin? Do you have allergies to fragrance and specific ingredients? You have sensitive skin. While it is less common for olive, dark and oily skin to be sensitive, this condition spans all skin types and colors.
Your skin is the easiest of all to care for. With light but even oil production and low sensitivity, you can experience good skin condition for many years. Stick with a regular skincare routine and light products that don't clog the pores.
Do you have constant oil production all over your face? The good news is this skin type is generally slower to show fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. The downside can be more frequent breakouts, large pores and a greasy appearance.