Tips for Caring for Combination Skin

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • In previous posts, we have talked about the different skin types and provided tips for caring for oily skin, dry skin and sensitive skin. This week we look at combination skin, possibly more difficult to care for because different areas of your face need different care.


    Combination skin tends to be oily in the T-zone, the forehead, nose and chin, and can have dry patches on the cheeks and outer areas of the face. That means products used on the T-zone will increase dryness and irritation on the cheeks. You may need to use different products on the different areas of your face.


    Some tips for caring for combination skin include:

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    • Cleanse the T-zone twice a day and your cheeks once a day. Apply cleanser only to the T-zone and rinse off using warm water. Avoid using soaps on your face, opt for a gentle face cleanser instead.
    • Wash your face gently. While you may be tempted to overdo the scrubbing on the oily areas, this causes irritation and will increase your oil production.
    • Look for products and moisturizers free of harsh chemicals, fragrances, oil  and other irritants.
    • Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. Use products with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to help normalize your skin. Both AHAs and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) work on both oily and dry skin so these are a good choice.
    • Apply moisturizer at night. You might find that a thicker, creamier moisturizer works best on your cheeks while a light oil-free moisturizer works best in the T-zone.
    • Use astringent on oily areas and a glycerin based toner on your cheeks to lock in moisture. Make sure to keep moisturizer away from the oily areas of your face.
    • When applying foundation, use a matte finish but apply moisturizer to the dry areas first.
    • Always remove your makeup at night. Leaving makeup on can clog pores and cause break outs on the oily areas of your skin.

    As with all skin types, you should experiment with different products to find those that work on your skin. Try some light-weight moisturizers, serums and lotions that may work on both areas of your skin so you aren’t using different products. And, as always, use sunscreen every day.

Published On: October 10, 2013