Renée Rouleau 9 skin types

What Is My Skin Type?

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At Renée Rouleau, we’ve never believed in a one size fits all approach. Renée developed her signature '9 skin types' early on in her career to help you answer the question: "What is my true skin type?"

"Skin care products back then—and still to this day for many companies—catered to the standard dry, normal and oily skin types. When you work hands-on with skin, you quickly learn that there are many different skin types. Each one is unique and requires a routine that caters to its specific needs." —Renée

While most skin care collections are designed to address a single concern (think acne-prone or very dry skin), our products cater to a variety of needs all at once. Concerned with both acne and aging? How about acne and sensitive skin? Dryness and sun damage? We’ve got you covered!

When determining your skin type, it’s important to look at the big picture and take into account ALL of your skin’s needs, not just the one or two that bother you most. Understanding your true skin type is the key to healthy, glowing skin, but how do you know what your skin type is? Find out below.

How To Determine Your Skin Type

Want to know how to tell what skin type you have and find out which products are best suited for you? Take a moment to review the different skin types below and click on the one that best describes you.

You can also take our skin type quiz

Been a while since you took our quiz? Keep in mind that your skin type can change a few times over the course of your life as your body goes through significant hormonal shifts. Renée developed this quiz based on over 30 years of experience as an esthetician to guide you to the best solutions for you individually.

What is my skin type?

The 9 Different Skin Types

Skin Type 1

Oily / Clogged Pores / Severe Breakouts All-Over

Skin type 1 is characterized by oily, problem skin and exhibits the most severe breakouts of all the types. This skin type requires a careful blend of AHA and BHA pore-clearing exfoliants, along with antiseptic botanicals to effectively reduce breakouts. more

Skin Type 2

Oily / Combination / Occasional Breakouts / Anti-Aging

Skin type 2 is oily in the t-zone but may experience dryness or tightness elsewhere. This type may get occasional, mild breakouts and requires a careful blend of non-drying, pore-clearing exfoliants. Hydrating antioxidants help to prevent signs of visible aging. more

Skin Type 3

Oily / Combination / Sensitive / Consistent Breakouts

Skin type 3 produces oil mostly in the t-zone but may experience tightness, redness or irritation, especially when using harsh, drying products. This skin type experiences consistent breakouts and clogged pores. It requires a careful blend of antibacterial BHAs and soothing botanicals for oil-free hydration. more

Skin Type 4

Oily / Combination / Sensitive / Occasional Breakouts

Skin type 4 produces oil in the t-zone but may experience dryness or tightness elsewhere. This type may become red and flush easily and may break out from heavy moisturizers. It requires calming, pore-clearing ingredients like BHAs that won’t leave skin feeling dry or irritated. more

Skin Type 5

Normal / Sensitive / Red / Anti-Aging

Skin type 5 produces some oil in the summer but may feel dry or tight in the winter. This type experiences consistent redness or rosacea and requires gentle exfoliants and soothing nourishment to reduce redness as well as prevent visible signs of aging. more

Skin Type 6

Normal / Anti-Aging

Skin type 6 produces some oil in the summer but may feel dry or tight in the winter. It requires high concentrations of AHA exfoliants to boost cellular turnover and potent antioxidants to brighten the complexion and prevent visible signs of aging. more

Skin Type 7

Dry / Tired / Aging

Skin type 7 feels dry and tight year-round. This skin type looks tired, is in need of a glow and may have loss of elasticity. It requires energizing ingredients, firming peptides and a high concentration of AHA exfoliants to boost cellular turnover and even out the complexion. more

Skin Type 8

Dry / Sun Damaged / Aging

Skin type 8 feels dry and tight year-round. This type has a history of excessive sun exposure, which may have lead to brown spots, broken capillaries and loss of elasticity. It requires brightening ingredients to even out skin tone as well as AHA exfoliants to boost cellular turnover and peptides to firm. more

Skin Type 9

Dry / Sensitive / Red / Aging

Skin type 9 feels dry and tight year-round and exhibits loss of elasticity. This skin type experiences consistent redness or rosacea and gets easily irritated, especially by harsh, drying products. It requires calming, brightening ingredients to combat redness as well as peptides to provide soothing, anti-aging benefits. more

Still Don’t Know Your Skin Type?

We hope we've shown you how to find your true skin type. But if you’re still asking yourself, "What is my skin type?," don’t go it alone. We’re here to help! Schedule a virtual consultation with one of our estheticians to receive expert, tailored advice. Your esthetician will talk to you about your skin care concerns, including diet, lifestyle and history. At the end of your consultation, you will know your correct type and will receive a personalized treatment plan.