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If you’re wondering how to know your skin type, congratulations, you’ve made the first step towards creating a that addresses your skin issues and needs. A basic skincare regimen will have at least four steps: cleanse, tone, moisturize, and protect with SPF. The products that you use for these steps and any additional treatments you wish to add, such as essence, serum, or facial masks, should suit your skin type.

The American Academy of Dermatology lists four main skin types. Oily skin is shiny and greasy. Dry skin is tight, flaky, or itchy. Balanced skin is clear and not sensitive. Combination skin type is dry in some areas and oily in others. Curious to know where your skin stands? Take this quiz to find out.

You just washed your face. A few minutes later, it feels...

  • A. Comfortable and is a little dewy.
  • B. Slick and greasy.
  • C. Tight and looks thin and shiny.

When you wear makeup, it usually...

  • A. Lasts long and doesn’t crease.
  • B. Slides off and gets a bit discolored.
  • C. Gets flaky and looks rough.

What’s your main skin concern?

  • A. None really. My skin is manageable.
  • B. Pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and acne scars.
  • C. Rashes, redness, and itching.

What activities do you avoid because of your skin?

  • A. I participate in pretty much any activity.
  • B. Exercise, sweating, and being under the sun make me break out.
  • C. I avoid cold temperatures because it makes my skin itchy and uncomfortable.

What step in your skincare routine do you usually skip?

  • A. Sometimes I just wash my face.
  • B. I skip moisturizer because it makes me greasy.
  • C. I skip toner because I’m afraid it will make my skin sting.

What Are Your Results?

Is your skin oily, dry, balanced, or combination? Here are your results, including some products you might want to include in your skincare routine to address your skin concerns.

Mostly As: Balanced Skin

If you picked mostly As, you lucked out! You have balanced skin, which means your skin produces just the right amount of sebum to keep your skin moisturized, glowing, and protected from irritants and dryness. Because of this, your skin is also highly tolerant of ingredients that others might be sensitive to. Makeup goes on smoothly on your face because you hardly have breakouts.

Mostly Bs: Oily Skin

If you answered mostly Bs, you have that is also prone to acne and scarring. Your sebaceous glands produce more oil than your skin needs, and the excess oil can then clog your pores, resulting in breakouts that range from whiteheads and blackheads to painful pimples. You tend to skip moisturizer, but you shouldn’t! An oil-free moisturizer can help balance your skin. 

Mostly Cs: Dry Skin

If you picked mostly Cs, your skin is dry and suffers from redness, flaking, itching, and sensitivity. Very dry skin should not be subjected to extreme temperatures, as in a hot shower or a very cold room. Dry skin can also be sensitive to certain ingredients, such as alcohol and fragrance.

Mix of Bs and Cs: Combination Skin

If you got a mix of Bs and Cs and got a little bit confused when answering the quiz, you most likely have combination skin. Specific parts of your face are very oily and prone to breakouts, like the T-Zone, but other areas like the cheeks are quite dry and tend to get itchy and flaky. Both areas need hydration to get healthier.

Use SAL to Figure Out How to Know Your Skin Type

If you like this quiz, you can discover more about your skin’s needs when you get a free analysis and personalized skincare regimen from Pond's Skin Advisor Live (SAL). This AI-powered program not only evaluates your skin, but it also gives you recommendations on how to get your optimal skin. 

If you want to learn how to know your skin type, you can get your free skin analysis by POND’S Skin Advisor Live on Watsons by clicking . It’s so easy and convenient! Think of it as a smart mirror: just answer a couple of questions to sign in, enable access to your camera, and snap a photo for your skin analysis. 

After a few seconds, SAL will identify your skin concerns. Is your skin dehydrated? Do you have fine lines? Dark spots? Acne? SAL will tell you which ones are your most major concerns. You’ll also get detailed product recommendations to add to your day and night skincare regimens.

Whatever results you get, however, you’re already on the path toward your personal, ideal complexion. Think of it as a unique at-home dermatologist session!

How to know your skin type has become so much easier with artificial intelligence. SAL is also available when you visit Watson’s at You can get an exclusive P100 discount voucher when you complete the POND’S Skin Advisor Live journey, available only on