Gents, what skin type are you?

Is yours problematic, dry or oily? No we’re not talking about your chat. We’re talking about the biggest organ on your body.

EDGAR staff November 8, 2014

It’s a serious question and one every modern man should know the answer to.

It’s not hard really; you’ve lived in your skin all your life. If anyone’s going to know what it’s like it ought to be you.

But it doesn’t hurt to ask the opinion of an expert just to be sure. With that in mind, Dr Lillian Khan, dermatologist and brand expert for Pond’s Arabia, has given us these helpful tips.


Skin can be divided into five main types which are: oily, dry, normal, combination skin and sensitive skin. I also like to include a sixth type called problematic.

The best time to examine your skin to determine your skin type is before washing your face in the morning. Place a tissue paper on top of your face, pat it and then slowly remove. You can identify your skin type depending on what is left on the tissue.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is prone to acne, blackheads and whiteheads and people with this type of skin usually complain of shinny and greasy skin, especially in hot and humid weather. skin2 If you see big oil spots on the tissue paper across your face (such as forehead, cheeks and nose), this is an indication of oily skin. The other way to know if you have oily skin is to look your T-zone area: if you have wide pores then you most likely have oily skin. For this area, you should use Pond’s Clear Balance No Blackheads as the scrub helps remove stubborn dirt from deep within the skin.

Dry Skin

This skin type is prone to eczema and is close to being considered sensitive skin. It is always flaky and has a rough feeling to it when you touch it or when it’s not moisturized. The complete opposite of oily skin, the tissue paper test for this skin type hardly leaves any oil spots and the T-zone area barely has any pores.

Normal skin

If you have normal skin then you’re lucky! Normal skin has the right amount of oily and dry skin. The tissue test leaves small dots of oil scattered around the faces and the pores are small. However, this skin type can be tipped either to oily skin with too much moisturising or to dry skin if there is an overuse of harsh drying skin care products.

Combination skin

If you have combination skin, the T-zone area is usually oily while dry flaky skin is seen on other areas of the face. The morning paper tissue test for this skin type leaves traces of larger oil spots from the T-zone area and few, small oil spots from other areas of the face. You might also notice wider pores in the T-zone area and smaller pores elsewhere on the face.

Sensitive skin

This skin type gets irritated easily when exposed to any harsh chemicals, skin care products with any preservatives, acids, perfumes, or colouring. It usually has slight redness on the cheeks which may increase when applying any non-hypo allergic products.

Problematic skin

People with acne, rosacea and other dermatological issues fall under this category. These people need to be evaluated by a skin care specialist and a dermatologist to advise on proper skin care products.