After a spate of fashion related articles, I thought it was about time Guy Style Guide returned to the topic of grooming, and what better way to kick things off than with a post about skin-types.

While many men assume that all skin is the same, you may be surprised to learn that there are actually half a dozen different complexions. Read on to find out whether your skin is normal, oily, combination, dry, sensitive or spot-prone.


Characterized by its even, blemish free texture. You don’t have any discernable open pores or dryness. Your skin feels fresh, moisture-rich and smooth after cleansing.

Understandably, this skin type requires the least amount of effort to keep healthy. You may want to try using a light moisturizer and any potions or lotions you purchase should be formulated for ‘normal’ skin.


If you’re prone to acne and blackheads, your skin feels thick and greasy (especially around the nose, chin and forehead) and there’s a noticeable shine around your face, you’ll almost definitely be an ‘oily’ skin type.

You’re going to need to use a good quality cleanser; that means avoiding anything that’s alcohol based and buying a face cleaner suitable for oily skin. Don’t be tempted to use the product more than directed – over cleansing will only make your body think it’s under attack and therefore start to produce more oil, exacerbating the problem.


The dry type is one of the easiest to spot. If you have a flaky face that feels leathery to the touch, and you experience dull ‘matt’ looking skin, you’re unquestionably part of this category.

The key to correcting dry skin is, unsurprisingly, hydration. Try to replenish your tone with a good quality moisturizer: special dry-skin formulations are everywhere and will, more than likely, have special hydrating properties. Don’t be tempted to simply apply extra moisturizer; it’ll just feel thick and heavy, as well as creating other skin-related problems!


If you find that your cheeks are dry, but your T-Zone is oily (or vice versa) then it sounds as if you have the dreaded combination skin type. It’s without doubt the most difficult to deal with, and will usually require a combination of products to tame successfully.

I recommend attacking the greasy areas with an easy to use cleanser, and then applying a very light moisturizer that’ll keep your dry areas feeling nicely hydrated.


If you flare up when a fragrance hits your face, or become a wild shade of beetroot when applying shaving foam, you have sensitive skin. The key is to avoid anything that can trigger a reaction, so dump the additive laden products and avoid anything with an alcoholic base.

Try to find products that are designed for sensitive skin – don’t worry, the checkout girl won’t laugh! Test everything before you use it; the best way is to apply a little of the product on the back of your wrist or the top of your ankle. See if there’s any reaction before proceeding.


During puberty, it’s perfectly normal to have a bad case of acne or two. However, if you find the problem persists, then you may have naturally over productive oil glands.

Firstly, avoid over-cleansing your breakout areas; again, your body will see this as an attack and start producing extra oil making things worse. Secondly, if you only have mild, occasional breakouts, these can be controlled using over the counter formulations; ask your chemist what they’d recommend for your particular issue. Lastly, if you’re experiencing severe acne, you may want to speak to your local GP – there are a number of potential solutions he/she can offer for your problematic skin – don’t suffer in silence!

About The Author

Johnathan Bell is the founder, owner and main author of Guy Style Guide, a website dedicated to everyday male fashion, style and grooming. The primary mission? To guide clueless men through the tricky mindfield that is the growing world of male couture. Find him on , Twitter and Tumblr.

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