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How To Do Your Own Skin Analysis

Updated on March 10, 2014
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Carolee is a passionate writer with a love for learning and teaching. She is a published author, poet, blogger, and content creator.


Skin Assessment

I really, honestly believe that our skin plays a huge role in how we function as individuals. A pimple can prevent a female from going on a date. Acne can make a boy very withdrawn and remain a virgin for a long time. Ooops...I hope I didn't violate any rules by saying that, but it's true, don't you believe me? But having a skin analysis can help you avoid certain social problems.

Knowing how your skin is doing will help you make a decision about the products you should be using and what treatments are needed. This is quite easy to do and can save you time and money. I am going to share with you a way to help save money on a professional skin assessment by doing your own skin analysis.

Doing an assessment should be a part of your skin regime and done at least once per month. Performing this can help you avoid or treat many skin problems that may arise.

Items You Will Need

Option 1 - Take a large handheld mirror. A magnifying mirror or a 12 - 15 inch mirror will do. Go somewhere where there is bright sunlight (not in the direct sun of course). There is no better lighting than natural light to be able to see your skin's details.

Option 2 - Wall mirror that can be moved (you may need to put it in an area that is lighted by sunlight), a handheld magnifying glass. Make sure the mirror is on the wall because you will need to keep one hand free. Stand in front of the mirror. Hold the magnifying glass close enough to the skin where you can get a clear view of the skin.

Option 3 - A very good digital camera and you computer. This is kinda different from the first two. All you need to do is stand in good outdoor lighting, take close up pictures of your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Transfer them to your computer and magnify.

Do you know your skin type?

Which one are you?

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Your Skin Analysis

Texture - Run your freehand along your face starting at the forehead, then the nose, the cheeks and then the chin. Make a note of whether it's smooth, soft or coarse.

Firmness - Use your free hand and check the firmness. Is the skin soft or floppy? Are your cheeks sagging? Look closely for fine lines and wrinkles. Make a note.

Fluid retention - Yes, fluid can be retained under the eyes. Puffiness often happens after a long time at the computer or upon awakening in the morning.

Moisture level - Does your skin feel dry, itchy and taut. When you run your hand on your face do your fingers look oily? Are some places dry and others oily. This determines whether you have oily, dry or combination skin.

Tone - Some places on the face may look darker or lighter than others.

Pores - Are your pores visibly open? Are they closed?

The capillaries - There might be areas of redness or sensitivity.

Make a note over everything you encounter about your skin.

Take care of your skin

You have to wear your skin all the time so take care of it. Just like your garments you need to dry clean at times or do a complete wash. There are times you need to just air them while other times you sun them for a bit. If you have a sensitive sweater you don't wash it with the other garments, use the same detergent, wash in the machine, or put it in the dryer for it may shrink or be damaged become damaged.

The point is, don't wash your face in the shower. Wash your face at the sink. Consciously think about it and realize that washing your face in the shower means using the stuff you use on your body, you won't be able to wash your face properly (forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, never soap, scrub or foam the eyes) or you may over wash.

Here is how you wash your face (men this goes for you too)

Wet face, squirt your cleanser on your fingers and foam it with a little water. Start from the nose bridge (with fingers) up to the forehead, come around in a circular motion around the eyes and up the nose. From the side of the nose out on the cheek and up over the cheek and down towards the jawline. Run the fingers across the chin crosswise. Rinse the hands, cup hands and splash the water over the face, don't rub. Splash as many times as needed to get rid of the soap/foam.. Leave to air dry or pat dry, never rub.

Solution for Skin Types

Roughness - this may be caused by dead skin cells, pimples caused from clogged pores or extra dryness. Roughness could also be a sign of acne. If you suspect acne you need to get acne treatment. You need to do a slough and or a mask. Do the slough first and then the mask two days later. But first determine your skin type.

Puffy eyes - pretty easy to treat, usually caused from stress or tired eyes. A couple of slices of cucumber placed over the eyes at 20 minute intervals should reduce the puffiness. Any darkness under the eyes will be reduced after a couple of days rest.

Oily Skin - Use an astringent to reduce oiliness. An oil absorbing mask is also good. Your moisturizer should be oil free. You should also have a reduced fat diet as this also plays an important role in the health of our skin. Vinegar is a good astringent when diluted. It is safe and does not dry out the skin the way alcohol does.

Dry Skin - Dry skin causes fine line and wrinkles. Reduce this by reducing the amount of times you wash your face, try not to use soap too many times per day. I generally use my foaming cleanser in the afternoon and plain water in the morning. Your skin attract dirt and debris throughout the day so I do a thorough cleansing at night, I do my scrub two nights per week, and I go to bed knowing my face is clean. When you wake from sleep, your skin is usually renewed because rest renews and rejuvenates the skin. So in the morning you need not aggravate the skin so much. Plain water is best at this point. The oils that your skin produced throughout the night will keep the skin supple for a few hours. You may wash the face in the afternoon, maybe with a cleanser. I just wet a piece of paper towel and pat the face. I leave it to air dry. You may spritz the face with rose water or other moisturizing toners to keep moisture in.

Combination Skin - A light moisturizing slough does the trick. The above therapy should also work.

Pores - If you can see your pores then something is wrong. If they are open and visible then maybe you are able to see sebum. Sebum is secreted by the sebaceous gland in the skin. It keeps the hair and skin from drying out but an excess can lead to oily skin or will look like tiny white heads when magnified. A deep cleansing mask or whitehead removal treatment should work fine.

Tone - discoloration, an uneven tone or blemishes can be caused by acne, sun damage and aging. First you need a sloughing to remove dead skin cells. Follow up with always wearing sunscreen even when indoors or during the winter months. You also want to use a toner. Rose water and witch hazel are two natural toners which agree with most skin types, even sensitive skin.

Redness and sensitivity can be caused through exposure to chemicals, the environment and allergic reactions. Stop everything you use on your face for a couple of days. If the redness is still there then maybe consider that your cleaning agent might be causing some skin reactions. If you are unsure see your doctor/dermatologist.


Carolee Samuda holds certification in Skin Care and Make-up Application.

© 2011 Carolee Samuda


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    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hello Sunita, yes it's very easy to do with the equipment I mentioned. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you get a chance to figure out your skin type and needs so you will be better able to treat.

      Have a wonderful day.

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      Sunita-Sharma 5 years ago from Los Angeles,California,US

      Very useful hub.Didn't realise that self skin examination can be so easy....will definitely going to try the procedure mentioned in your hub :)

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Rasta, I read that article, I swore I left a comment. I'll go back and do

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I just digged this article, I find it very useful. I recently did an article about aloe and acne. Is it okay to leave a link here. I want you to check it out.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi quildon. Sloughing is what we generally call scrubbing, but we don't actually scrub the skin because scrubbing implies a heavy duty action. Sloughing should only be done for at least 60 seconds to prevent bruising of the skin and damage to the epidermis.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Angela Joseph 6 years ago from Florida

      Very helpful hub! Now I can analyze my skin, but how do I slough my skin? Voted up and useful.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you Homemadeacnecure!

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      homemadeacnecure 6 years ago

      great tips Cardisa! thanks.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks for the compliment Dardia. Olive oil will wonders for you skin. About what sunscreen to use, my hub on "Best winter skin care products" will have some mention on what sunscreen is better.

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      Darlene Yager 6 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! I do use just water occasionally on my dry skin, but need to find a good natural sunscreen I do not like putting all those chemicals on my face. By the way, from your picture I would say you know what you are talking about, your skin looks beautiful. Taking your advice and marking your hub up and useful. Thanks!

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you OM.

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Great tips! I will do my own skin analysis pretty soon! Rated up and useful. :)

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Dear Aupadhyay, these hubs do not exclude the male, but if it makes you feel better I will do one just for the men.

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      Dear Cardisa, you are still required for writing a hub for care of skin of man. It is not fare to write always for the woman skin care treatment hub. Awaiting for the same. Good hub.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Ruby, we all need the cucumber slices, we all have been reading a lot of hubs and writing like crazy!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm not kidding, this is great info. I need the cucumber slices on the eyes. Thank you...

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Lesley, actually that's the exact same thing the skin car professional will do when you visit. They charge an arm an a leg for something you can do yourself. The use fluorescent lighting which doesn't always give you accuracy, so some will give you false analysis. Fluorescent light is good but natural light is better. You know what's even better? If two of you analyze each other!

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Flora what kind of moisturizer do you use on the feet? Behind the ears have sensitive skin so you can use the facial moisturizer behind there. Maybe you need to change the way you handle the feet.

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      Lesleysherwood 6 years ago

      Cardisa, you have done it again. Brilliant hub! I have never heard of analyzing your skin that way. I am soooo guilty. I just do nothing with my skin. My sister can not believe it cos she is the complete opposite. But this hub has made me re-think. Very well written Cardisa, as usual!

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Although my facial skin is okay now, I had a real problem with acne in my 20's. And I still have dry skin issues with other parts of my body, especially my feet and the back of my ears. Except for washing my hands when I need to disinfect them ,I do not use soap soap. I use Dove body bar soap.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Kerlynb, that was fast. Thank you!

      I really hope that this hub will be of help to someone. Even though you have combination skin, don't overwash. Follow the night foaming wash and pure water routine. Use diluted rose water in a spray bottle to spritz face throughout the day. That should help with the tone and moisture.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Oh Cardisa, this is just so useful! A million thanks for putting this hub together :) I think I'm on the combination category but I also think my skin has some problems with tone.