The process of identification of skin type is achieved through self examination of the facial skin at a region referred to as the T zone.The T-Zone includes the forehead and nose.The region is called the T-zone because the bridge of the nose forms the base of the “T”. The part of your forehead above your eyebrows forms the top of the “T”. For examination to be done, the face is first prepared by cleansing the face thoroughly with a mild facial cleanser and then gently patting the face dry. After drying, the face it is left bare for 30 minutes and then examined using the following techniques.


While looking at a mirror, the cheeks, chin, nose and forehead are checked for any shine. The skin is likely normal if your skin pores are visible but not large and there is noticeable shine on your nose and forehead. But when you take a few steps away from the mirror and your skin pores are still visible and the shine is on the cheeks in addition to the nose and forehead then the skin is likely oily. If there is parching of skin while making facial expressions and flaky patches all over your face, then you are likely to have a dry skin.


A face blot paper is used in this technique. The blotting sheet is rubbed on the different areas of the face and held up to the light to determine how much oil is visible. This method is much faster and often an excellent differentiation between oily and dry skin types. If the sheet picks up little to no oil, it is most likely a dry skin. If the blotting sheet reveals oil from the forehead and nose areas, your skin is normal. If the blotting paper is saturated with oil, it is indicative of an oily skin.


Different skin types have different textures when felt. If you have dry skin, your face will feel stretched after cleansing and on application of pressure (as little as a pinch) will wrinkle. Whereas oily skin will feel cleaner right after washing but begin to feel greasy again as the day continues and on application of pressure will feel smooth to the touch. While Your Sensitive skin is likely to react to certain cleansers, and may cause itchy skin or rashes.