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Combination Skin - Tips about Taking Care of Combination Skin

Combination skin is a combination of both oily and dry skin. This type of skin is very common, and it should be treated as if it were two different types of skin. This skin type has medium pores, a smooth & even texture, good circulation, healthy color, may tend toward dryness on the cheeks while being oily in the t-zone.

The oily part of you looks shiny, feels oily at touch, and it tends to develop black and white heads. If you tend to have acne, these are the areas where you will get the most pimples. On the positive side, it is a strong and resistant skin and it develops less expression lines than other skin types.

Combination skin is a common skin type with the frustration of having to deal with both dry and oily skin.

How to take care of combination skin:-

It includes the following steps:-

  • Use a good moisturizer on the dry areas. Moisturizers work by either increasing the penetration of water into the skin or by reducing the rate at which water is evaporating from the skin surface.
  • Look for products that normalize your skin, such as those that contain alpha hydroxy acids- Alpha hydroxy acids are derived from fruit, milk and sugar cane and have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Use oil-absorbing makeup on oily areas to control shine.
  • Use a sunscreen, minimum SPF 15.
  • Keep your skin clean. Use a cleanser preferably without strong perfumes or colors. Avoid using strong products designed for oily skin.
  • Your cleanser does not have to be special for oily skin, but a cleanser with salicylic acid may be good if you have tendency to acne.
  • The use of toner is controversial among skin experts. Do not use toners with alcohol, because they are too strong for your cheeks. 
  • Apply a moisturizer for your skin type or normal to oily skin. If you are over 30, you may want to use a special moisturizer with active anti-aging ingredients at night.

Tips For Combination Skin:-

Here are some important tips for combination skin as:-

  • Don't scrub oily areas - this irritates the skin and increases oil production.

  • Don't treat your whole face the same. Your T-zone will require cleansing twice a day, while the cheeks only need doing once.

  • After using pore strips, apply tea tree oil to your nose. It will reduce redness and cut bacteria levels in the pores.

  • Avoid leave-in hair conditioners. Ingredients in these block the forehead's pores, making already greasy skin worse.

  • You may need to avoid rich moisturizers on your cheeks, but you shouldn't skip them on the delicate skin around your eyes.

  • Oil is secreted by sebaceous glands in your skin. These glands are more numerous and active around the T-zone area. Pores in this skin area are larger to accommodate the extra oil produced.
  • Large pores and extra oil can spell trouble. Large pores become catch areas for dirt and dead skin cells. When the sebaceous glands secrete oil, it's caught in the large pores and mixes with the dead skin cells and dirt, forming blemishes.
  • If you have combination to oily skin it's best to find skin care products which focus on oil control but aren't too drying.