Everything you need to know about combination skin

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Identifying and finding treatments for dry and oily skin types is reasonably straight-forward. Whether you’re in a supermarket, high-street shop or browsing online, you’ll be able to find a targeted collection with a range of products to suit you and your skin’s needs.

Having combination skin, in comparison, can be a little more complicated, so knowing the right products to be using, plus the methods and techniques to tackle various concerns, is even more important.

In this article, we’ll be talking through our top tips and tricks for recognising combination skin and addressing your skin’s individual needs.

What is combination skin?

Combination skin is simply ‘what it says on the tin’… a mixture of various skin concerns, usually occurring in specific regions of the face.

While this skin type is extremely common, it is often mistreated with one treatment; sadly, in this instance, one type of product (e.g. acid or oil based) does not combat every unique concern the skin might be experiencing. The key to treating combination skin is to address specific regions with alternative products from multiple regimes.

If you require some extra assistance when creating your own personalised skincare routine, try our skin diagnostics tool.

What to do if you struggle with blemishes and dry patches…

Have you ever noticed that you have dry patches in specific areas of the face but experience breakouts (suggesting excess oils) at the same time? This unique mixture of concerns suggests that you fall into the combination skin category.

Our top tip would be to apply either a hydrating facial oil, moisturiser or serum to the dry areas and tackle the excess oils leading to blemishes by regularly applying a detoxing mask (ideally one with Salicylic Acid) or Serum to the oiliest regions of the face.

Addressing both concerns with individual treatments should gradually help. Yes, it might require a little more consideration on a daily basis, but you’re sure to notice a difference in the ‘balance’ of your skin in no time at all.

What to do if your pores are more prominent on your nose…

If your cheeks and jawline are visibly less ‘porous’ than your nose, you might have combination skin.

Besides using a scrub to reduce the clogging of pores within the centre of the face, the best way to address pores and deep clean the skin is to use a natural exfoliator, e.g. a product that includes Retinol or an Alpha/Beta-Hydroxy Acid.

While this does not guarantee the reduction in the size of pores, if they are unclogged of daily dirt, excess oils and toxins, they should look visibly smaller.

What to do if ‘normal’ moisturisers leave your t-zone oily…

You can’t opt for a hydrating moisturiser because it increases the level of excess oils in your problem areas, but an oil-controlling moisturiser causes dryness in your cheeks – so, what’s the solution, besides a moisturiser for normal skin?

Our biggest recommendation would be to make sure that your serum, day and night cream are oil-free and include ingredients known for mattifying the complexion.

Oil-free products are an ideal choice for oily skin, as oil-based products are more susceptible to clogging the pores, which can lead to future breakouts.


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