Combination Skin: What It Is and How to Care for It

31st Aug 2021

a woman touching her face while looking in a mirror

For those willing to provide the ultimate care for their skin, determining their skin type is an important first step. Many skin types are fairly easy to understand, but if you have combination skin, you may wonder, exactly what is combination skin? And what is the best way to care for it?

Before examining the best treatment for combination skin, it’s important to understand what causes this unique skin type, how it functions, and what to look for in products that are specifically tailored to combination skin. Read on for the answers you need.

What’s at the Root of Combination Skin?

As noted by experts like Dr. Bernard Salameh, combination skin begins with genetics. Naturally, there’s no changing your fate in this area, and genetics largely determines whether your skin type tends toward dryness, oiliness, or a combination of the two. However, when considering treatment for combination skin, it’s also important to keep in mind that factors like hormonal shifts — from monthly cycles to the aging process to the use of particular medications — can also influence various factors that affect your skin type.

What Is Combination Skin?

While some skin types are consistently dry or oily, combination skin represents a combination of dryness and oiliness. While this often leads to an oilier T-zone (the vertical area extending through the chin and nose up to the horizontal area of the forehead) and dryness throughout the rest of the face, combination skin can reflect different configurations as well. This can make it difficult to determine the best treatment for combination skin and which products are best suited to your skin.

a woman washing her face in a bathroom sinkHow to Identify Combination Skin

Once you’ve learned what combination skin is, the next step is to find out if you have it. The easiest way to determine your skin type is simply to observe your skin, ideally about half an hour after washing with a gentle cleanser and applying no moisturizer or other products. Oily skin typically has a shiny, slick, or greasy appearance, while dry skin will typically look and feel a bit tight or flaky. Another good method to determine your skin type is to gently press a blotting paper to your face, then see where oil appears. If parts of the sheet appear oily while others are dry (especially if the oil occurs in the T-zone), odds are good that you have combination skin. 

How to Care for Combination Skin

Proper treatment for combination skin addresses both oiliness and dryness in the same complexion. Water-based formulas, rather than oil-based, are typically an excellent starting point for combination skin. Some ingredients, such as certain botanicals, hyaluronic acid, and alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs, respectively), can also have positive effects for both oily and dry skin, making them an ideal choice for combination skin.

What Are Combination Skin Treatments That Work?

Depending on your specific skin needs, you may elect to use different products on different areas of the skin. For instance, applying an intensive moisturizer to dry cheeks or the neck area and oil-absorbing products to an oily T-zone works for certain skin profiles. Fortunately, some products perform well for the entire face. A high-quality PH Balancing Toner is an ideal treatment for combination skin. Other products that may benefit combination skin include our Ultimate Rejuvenating Eye Complex, Ultimate Rejuvenating Serum, and lightweight Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 44.

Treat Your Skin as Special

Whether or not you experience combination skin, knowing what combination skin is and how to address different skin types will help you vigilantly and effectively respond to your specific skin needs. It’s essential to keep in mind that no one’s skin is exactly like yours, and paying attention to shifts — including those precipitated by seasons, dietary changes, and more — will help you identify the perfect treatment for combination skin. We invite you to explore our entire selection of medical-grade combination skin care products to find your ideal solution at Salameh Skin Care!

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