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Combination Skin?

Dry in some areas? Oily in other areas? You have combination skin! How to balance two different skin types can seem like a mystery, but unlocking this mystery is easier than you might think! With the right info and products, balance can be beautiful!

Combination skin is simply having oily skin in some areas of your face and dry skin in other areas. Typically, there’s a mix of oily and dry areas on dif­ferent parts of your face, with the t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) being slightly to very oily.

Whether you have oily areas only around the nose and center of the fore­head and dry areas over the cheeks, jaw area, and along the hairline, what you do to lessen those problems is the same.

What Causes Combination Skin?

A variety of factors can contribute to combination skin, but more often than not, it just comes down to the luck of the draw in terms of what you inherited from your parents. However, the types of skincare products you’re using can absolutely make it worse or even cause the problem. Read on to learn what you might unknowingly be doing to contribute to making combination skin more of an issue.

As you might already have suspected, using products that contain harsh or skin-aggravating ingredients will inevitably dry out some areas of your face while stimulating oil production in other parts (especially around the nose) that were already oily.

If you’re using the wrong products, you might actually be causing your combination skin. If you use the right products, you may still have some amount of oily skin, but at least you won’t have dry, rough skin underneath excess oil. Once you start using the right products, your skin can improve almost immediately, with the dry areas softened and smoothed and the oily areas less oily and red—plus minimized pores.

Which Products Work for Combination Skin?

The key thing to keep in mind with combination skin is there’s no one-size-fits solution. It depends on how dry your dry areas are naturally and how oily your oily areas are. It comes down to this: You’ll have to divide and conquer by caring for different parts of your face differently.

The oil-absorbing or matte-finish ingredients that work great on the oily areas will be trouble-makers on the dry areas. This means you will need to apply a more emollient moisturizer over the dry areas, but if you apply that all over your face, the oily areas will become oilier. That’s 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 will need to use the lightest weight but effective formulas possible. Potent, concentrated amounts of beneficial ingredients in products with a gel, thin lotion, or liquid texture will work great over the entire face. You would then only need to use an emollient booster, serum, or moisturizer over the dry areas, including around the eyes. The secret to balancing combination skin is knowing 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 skincare routine needs to be non-irritating. Whenever your put products with sensitizing ingredients (especially fragrance, both synthetic and natural)  on your skin, you would be making everything worse. In the case of combination skin, the dry areas will become drier and the oily areas will become oilier. This can lead to what we refer to as extreme combination skin, discussed below


The first step to getting your combination skin back in balance is to cleanse your skin with a mild, fragrance-free product. If you have a combination of oily and dry skin, you are best using a gel-based cleanser or a mild, lightly foaming cleanser. If you have drier skin with signs of rosacea or sun damage, use a mild, creamy lotion cleanser. Avoid bars of soap or cleansing bars. The ingredients used to give a soap or cleanser a solid form can block the pores, dry the skin and cause irritation.

Use a toner to repair the skin. It must not contain any irritating ingredients at all, so no alcohol, witch hazel, menthol, fragrance (synthetic or natural) or citrus oils. Only use a toner with a healthy dose of antioxidants that also contains ingredients to repair and calm the skin.

Protect your skin from sun damage by using a day cream with a sun filter (at least SPF 30). Depending on your skin type, choose a product with a richer (normal to dry skin) or lighter texture (oily skin). If your skin is sensitive or you suffer from rosacea, choose a product that only contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as a sun filter.  

Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. Regular use of an exfoliant containing a beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid is a BHA) or an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA, such as glycolic acid) reveals your normal, healthy skin again.


For lindabeauties for combination skin use product that suitable for all type of skin. It the easist way how to ensure your skin smooth and reduce cost with too many product.