Combination skin is the most prevalent skin type. It is characterized by an oilier "T zone" on the chin, nose and forehead, and normal to dry skin around the edge of the face.
Combination skin can vary in intensity of oiliness or dryness. Typically, people who have oily or acne-prone skin when they are younger can develop combination skin as they become older.
Frequently Asked Questions About Combination Skin
Should I moisturize only the areas that I have dryness?
No. Even oily skin needs moisture. Find a moisturizer that is formulated for normal to oily skin and use it all over your face. If needed, you can treat the T-zone beforehand with a toner to help combat excess oil.
I have normal skin but I still get some pimples before my period. Why?
Women experience natural hormonal fluctuations before a period, which can often trigger a breakout. During this time you can use targeted acne treatments to treat breakouts.
What is the best way to treat normal to combination skin and defend against the early signs of aging?
Combination skin presents the challenge of controlling oil and fighting dryness and wrinkles at the same time. Often, you can use gentle oil-fighting products such as a mild cleanser and toner, plus hydrating and wrinkle-fighting products that target the eye area.
What are the worst triggers for combination skin?
Combination skin should be treated with as much care as any other skin type. Tanning is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. It causes premature aging in the form of lines, wrinkles, age spots and discoloration. Smoking is another cause of severe damage to skin, causing wrinkles and a leathery texture. And third, you may be tempted to double up on products to target both dry and oily areas. Be careful not to use too many products, as this can irritate skin and cause an allergic reaction.
Use a gentle cleanser that will nourish and hydrate the drier areas of your face while it removes impurities. We recommend oil-free Face Oasis™ Cleansing Water.
A gentle toner, such as alcohol-free Marine Toner [link to product page], can help control oil in the T-zone while preparing the rest of your skin to better receive moisture.
Make sure skin is properly hydrated and nourished with a rich moisturizer that won't cause breakouts in the T-zone. Face Oasis™ Ultra Hydrator deeply moisturizes while at the same time giving skin the antioxidants it needs to protect itself from exposure to the environment.