Sensitive skin is easily irritated, and sometimes becomes itchy, red, painful or dry. If this is your skin type, find out which factors trigger a reaction and avoid them. Use gentle cleansers and skin care products with lower percentages of active ingredients.
Dry skin does not produce as much natural moisture, and tends to lose it faster. It feels tight and can become rough, itchy or flaky. If this is your skin type, use a gentle cleanser and avoid over-washing your face. Apply and re-apply an oil-free moisturizer as needed.
What balanced really means is that your skin is well-balanced -not too oily and not too dry. Your T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) is the area that may get oily. If you have balanced skin, you can generally use most skincare products.
Oily skin tends to get shiny or greasy pretty quickly; This is because this skin type produces extra oil, which can eventually clog pores, attract bacteria, and cause acne. If this is your type, fight the urge to pop or prick your pimples and only use products that are oil-free and non-comedogenic, meaning they won't clog pores.
Combination skin is usually dry or normal in some areas but oily in the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin). If this is your skin type, you might be struggling with enlarged pores, blackheads, and some grease and shine along your T-zone.
Acne-prone skin can be any of the above skin types, that is prone to outbreaks of pimples. You can have mild acne, moderate acne, or severe acne. Skin care with active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can be used to treat mild and moderate acne. If you have severe acne, it's best to make an appointment with a dermatologist to find a solution.