Combination skin typically means that you experience both dry and oily skin at the same time. This can be especially frustrating because both types need to be treated differently. For example, oily skin solutions will only exacerbate your skin's dry parts, while dry skin solutions make the oily areas oilier.
It is one of the most common skin conditions simply because skin varies from region to region. As a result, many different products have been created to deal with combination skin.
The easiest way to help with combination complexions is to isolate the dry zones from the oily areas and treat each separately.
Women who have combination skin see both dry, flaky patches and oily, shiny patches. The nose, forehead, and chin are most prone to oiliness, while the cheeks and lips are prone to dryness. This oily area is often called the t-zone, and will see pimples and other blemishes while the cheeks and lips are dry and flaky.
The t-zone's pores have more active oil-producing glands, and therefore have more oil, which blocks pores and creates blemishes. Without those same glands, other face areas do not have the same oily nature and become cracked and irritated without proper moisture.
While the face is the most common area to have combination skin, the entire body may suffer from the same skin type. For example, while the back may produce too much oil and see the same issues with acne as the t-zone, the upper arms may suffer from chronic dryness.
Anywhere that there is a collection of oil glands will become an oily area when combined skin. Other areas will be left without any natural moisture because the body believes it is producing enough. When Combination skin is most likely to develop after puberty and remain from early adulthood until later stages of life.
Some teenagers may experience combination skin during puberty. Then it will clear up into the early twenties. While some women will see their oily skin develop into the combination as they continue to age.
Combination skin is frustrating for women, as the same cleaners and products that work in the t-zone are useless outside of this area and vice versa. In addition, anything too aggressive will only worsen acne, and anything too light will leave the skin dry and red.
The only way to combat this is to treat each area separately. Using a functional, fruit-based cleanser, which removes bacteria and contaminants by over-drying the skin, is a great place to start. From there, use a heavier moisturizer in dry areas. And a very light one, if any at all, in the t-zone.
This will allow the skin to use its natural moisture to nourish the t-zone without drying out other face regions. It may even be beneficial to find matte makeup for the t-zone and a hydrating one for the cheeks.
Age-defying Anti-Aging Routine for Combination Skin
Alpha Hydroxy Probiotic Cleanser Liquid Peptide Facial Mist Peptide Eye Serum Peptide Cocktail Anti-Aging Serum Apple Stem Cell Moisturizer - only use on dry areas during the day.