Combination skin means that you have two or more different skin types on different areas of your face at one time. Your skin can be dry or flaky on certain parts of your face, and you can also have an oily T-zone, which runs along the centre of your face, nose, chin, and forehead. Moreover, you may have combination skin if you have other skin issues, like wrinkles, breakouts, or rosacea on your face at the same time. It can be difficult to care for combination skin; however, it is not impossible.
What’s Causing Combination Skin?
There are many factors that can contribute to combination skin; however, more often than not, it comes down to the luck of the draw in terms of what you inherited from your parents. However, the types of skin-care products you’re using can makes it worse or even cause the problem.
As you might have suspected, using products that contain harsh or skin-aggravating ingredients can dry out some areas of your face while stimulating oil production in other parts that were already oily.
If you’re using the wrong products, actually, you might be causing your combination skin. If you use the right products, you may still have some amount of oily skin, but you won’t have dry, rough skin underneath excess oil. Once you start using the right products, your skin will improve immediately, with the dry areas softened and smoothed and the oily areas less oily and red and minimized pores.
What are the Best Products for Combination Skin?
The key thing that you should keep in mind with combination skin is there is no one-size-fits solution for combination. It depends on how dry your dry areas are and how oily your oily areas are. It comes down to this: You’ll have to divide by caring for different parts of your face differently.
The oil-absorbing or matte-finish ingredients which work great on the oily areas can be trouble-makers on the dry areas. This means that you need to apply a more emollient moisturizer over the dry areas; however, if you apply that all over your face, the oily areas will become oilier. That is why keeping things separate is important. And the same for the products that absorb oil; keep them off the dry areas.
For the oily areas, you need to use the lightest weight but effective formulas possible. Concentrated amounts of beneficial ingredients in products with a gel, thin lotion, or liquid texture work great over the entire face. You would then need to use an emollient booster, serum, or moisturizer over the dry areas, including around the eyes. The secret to balancing combination skin is to know when and where to layer products.
No matter what, none of the products you use should contain any harsh or skin-aggravating ingredients. Every part of your skin-care routine needs to be non-irritating. Whenever your put products with sensitizing ingredients on your skin, you would be making everything worse. In the case of combination skin, the dry areas become drier and the oily areas become oilier.
How to Deal with Extreme Combination Skin?
Those who struggling with extreme combination skin experience an oily T-zone, while the sides of the face are typically very dry.
It is not surprisingly that finding the right routine for extreme combination skin can be difficult in terms of finding the right balance of textures. Products for very dry skin makes an oily T-zone worse, while formulas that are best for very oily skin won’t help very dry areas!
For extreme combination skin, layering isn’t going to be helpful. For best results, you need to apply emollient-rich products to the very dry areas, blending away from the oily areas. Add oil-absorbing products where needed, being careful to dab them on precisely where needed rather than massaging them all over, where you risk mixing them with the ingredients needed to improve your very dry areas.
For cleansers, you should choose gentle formulas labeled for combination skin, and for your daytime moisturizer with sunscreen, go for the lightest possible formula but you need to apply a rich moisturizer or facial oil to the dry areas first.
How to Take Care of Combination Skin?
You need to start with a gentle but effective water soluble cleanser. It can be a lotion-based or gel-textured cleanser; however, the goal is for it to effectively remove impurities, debris, and makeup without leaving skin feeling tight or dry or greasy. If you need a bit of extra cleansing, you can consider a very soft-bristled cleansing brush. The softness is important, because anything less may drive your skin crazy from the feeling of aggravation and tightness it causes.
Apply a hydrating, soothing non-irritating toner filled with a healthy amount of skin-replenishing ingredients and antioxidants. A well-formulated toner really helps nourish dry skin and minimize the oiliness at the same time. It won’t make the dry areas drier or the oily areas oilier!
Use a gentle, non-abrasive, leave on BHA exfoliant. This is an optimal choice for gently exfoliating combination skin. A BHA exfoliant helps your skin shed dead skin normally without abrasion, unclogs pores, lessens oily skin, and at the same time gently smooth rough, dry, flaky skin and revives a healthy glow. For combination skin, a gel or weightless fluid or water-like liquid BHA exfoliant is best.
Protect your skin from sun damage. No skin type is exempt from the need of a broad spectrum sunscreen that should be applied 365 days a year. This is the one step that reduces the early signs of aging now and into the future. For combination skin, an extremely feather-light formula with a soft matte finish works best all over the face. You would apply a nourishing serum or booster over the dry areas and then apply the ultra-light sunscreen over that.
Use a night-time moisturizer with a gel, serum, or a liquid texture all over your face that contains the amazing ingredients we hope you know now: Antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients, and skin-restoring ingredients. These are imperative to help calm skin, lessen excess oil on skin’s surface, and improve dry areas, including around the eyes. When combined, these ingredients have stunning anti-aging properties for your skin. Apply an emollient serum or oil booster to relieve the dryness and give those areas extra nourishing enriched hydration.