You might be asking yourself “What’s my skin type?” if you’ve experienced skin issues like oil, dryness, sensitivity, or breakouts. This article will answer your questions so you can find out your skin type once and for all. But, first…

Ideal Korean skin is smooth, resilient, glowing, clear and dewy. There are even different terms for ideal skin types – chok-chok for bouncy and moist skin, and taeng-taeng for firm and smooth skin.

While you’re probably familiar with the 10 step Korean skin care routine, you’ll be surprised to find out it can actually vary from anywhere from 4-12+ steps, depending on your skin type and underlying issues.

So what is your skin type? It’s all about the sebum. The amount of sebum produced determines your skin type and how quickly it dehydrates. The four skin types are: normal, dry, oily or combination. Any other skin symptom is a “skin concern”– that includes acne, wrinkles, dehydration, sensitivity, dullness, redness, hyper pigmentation, and uneven tone.

What’s my skin type? How to Find Out

Here’s how you find your skin type:

  1. Wash your face
  2. Do not apply any skin care products
  3. Wait an hour
  4. Examine your skin and read the descriptions below to find which is your type

Answer the What’s my skin type? Question

What's My Skin Type - NormalNormal Skin 

Normal skin is very balanced, the oil is even and is smooth and stays moist. Your skin isn’t perfect, (hyper pigmentation, redness, dehydration, etc) but you have less skin issues than the other types. You need to find products that moisturize and treat other skin concerns you have.

If you have normal skin, you’ll notice these signs:

  • Not shiny or oily
  • No flaking
  • Not dry to the touch
  • Small amount of enlarged pores, if you have any at all
  • No major acne break outs, maybe a few zits but not a big deal

Products to Look For

Moisturizing/hydrating toners, first essences, ampoules, face oils, light emulsions, antioxidant serums.

See product reviews for normal skin

What's My Skin Type - DryDry Skin 

Figuring out if you have dry skin is tricky, since your skin is both dehydrated and oily. So, is your dry skin a concern or an actual skin type? This is where you might be asking yourself “What is my skin type?” over and over again. Here’s a tip: If your skin is dehydrated, the moisture barrier is but it can improve with consistent moisturization over time. To test, layer your skin with hydration with products like moisturizing toners, humectant serums, and occlusives (oil based moisturizers). Dry skin is not producing  enough sebum on its own.

If you have dry skin, you’ll notice these signs:

  • Flaking skin
  • Red areas, irritation
  • Textured appearance or feel

Products to Look For

Humectant hydrating toners, face oils, emulsions, creams with oils

See product reviews for dry skin

Whats My Skin Type - CombinationCombination Skin 

The most obvious sign for combination skin is an oily T-zone with dry patches on your cheeks or chin, but the drying pattern is different for every one. The key to finding out if you have combination skin is the huge difference in oil where you compare one part of your face to another. You need to find products that balance your skin.

If you have combination skin, you’ll notice these signs:

  • Oily T-zone: forehead, chin, nose or in other patterns
  • Visibly oily in some areas; dry in other areas
  • Oily areas breed acne, blackheads, and breakouts
  • Dry areas can have flakiness or red patches

Products to Look For

Humectants, light emulsions or face oils, reinvigorating toners/first essences, antioxidant serums or ampoules.

See product reviews for combination skin

Whats My Skin Type - OilyOily skin 

Slick to the touch, your face has visible oil brought up to the surface of your skin. You might want to use products that dry your skin and you might not moisturize. That’s the biggest mistake you can make – you need to find products that moisturize to combat the oiliness.

If you have oily skin, you’ll notice these signs:

  • Shiny face, visible oil by the end of the day
  • Enlarged pores
  • Clogged pores and blackheads
  • Acne breakouts, blackheads

Products to Look For

Hydrating toners, gel based creams, light emulsions, pore based cleansers and masks with charcoal

See product reviews for oily skin

By now, you have answered the question of “what’s my skin type”, and you are on your way to finding out more about what products you should use on your unique skin type.


Thompson, Kerry; Park, Coco (2015-11-03). Korean Beauty Secrets: A Practical Guide to Cutting-Edge Skincare & Makeup (p. 19-21,80-81). Skyhorse Publishing. Kindle Edition.