6 Can’t-Miss Signs Of Combination Skin And Simple Solutions

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Apr. 30
It’s difficult enough to find suitable products when you have one skin issue, such as acne or sensitivity. If you have combination skin, coming up with the right routine can seem impossible.
One cleanser might reduce unwanted shine, but provoke flakier, dryer patches. A hydrating moisturizer will soothe your dryness but likely worsen your oiliness. 
We discuss six classic traits of a combination complexion and guide you on how to treat and manage it, including suggested products.
6 Common Symptoms of Combination Skin 
The majority of people have a combination skin type. Despite that, it can be tricky to identify—it isn’t as clear-cut when your skin behaves two ways at once. 
1. Oily T-Zone, Dry Everywhere Else 
The so-called T-zone is your forehead, nose, and chin—it’s typically oilier than anywhere else on your face.
However, if the rest of your skin looks normal or parched while your T-zone is glistening, you probably have combination skin.
2. Larger Pores in Oily Areas
Noticeably enlarged pores are a trademark characteristic of excess sebum (oil) production. You might notice a marked contrast between pore size on your T-zone versus your cheeks. 
3. Trouble Moisturizing 
Moisturizers that aren’t specifically formulated for combination skin can set you back on your quest to achieve a balanced complexion.
Ultra-hydrating or normal formulas will soothe your dry cheeks, but overwhelm your T-zone. On the opposite end of the spectrum, oil-reducing moisturizers won’t suffice for the areas prone to dryness. 
4. Breakouts with Dry Patches
Combination skin breakouts won’t be uniform. Naturally, oily skin is more susceptible—whereas the dry areas will be less affected or not impacted at all. 
5. Dandruff and Seborrheic Dermatitis
Dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, a type of skin condition that can affect the face, usually go hand-in-hand. If you deal with dandruff and your T-zone is both shiny and flaky, you may have SD. 
6. Heat-Provoked Shine 
Higher temperatures will hit oily combination skin hard. You might find your T-zone gets shinier faster during the summer months or produces more oil than usual. 
How to Treat Combination Skin
If most of the descriptions above resonate with you, you probably have combination skin. We outline simple practices to treat oiliness and dryness and sustain a balance:
1. Wash Your Face 
A cleanser is vital to eliminate oil and debris that can encourage zits and pimples. Remember to opt for gentle formulas that won’t irritate dry skin. 
The Purity Made Simple Cleanser by Philosophy works to unclog pores, tone, and hydrate. For a thorough cleansing, try a brush like the Precision Pore Cleansing Pad by Sephora. 
2. Keep Moisturizing 
Don’t give up on moisturizing—your dry skin will thank you for it. Choose ingredients that reduce oil production, like green tea extracts. Hydration should be supplied by lightweight substances rather than heavy, pore-clogging ones.
This Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer by Boschia works for all skin types and contains marine complex to nurture red, sensitive skin. 
3. Shrink Your Pores
With persistence and the right compounds, you can diminish the appearance of visible, outsized pores. 
Aside from the aesthetic benefits, smaller pores will hold less sebum—allowing you to better manage your oily combination skin. 
The Vinopure Natural Salicylic Acid Toner by Caudalie is antibacterial and purifying to penetrate blocked-up pores.
5. Double-Mask It 
Use different masks that work for dryness or oiliness simultaneously to spot-treat your combination skin. You can apply this Deep Cleansing Mask by Omorovicza to your shiny spots, and this Rose Face Mask by FRESH to the dry areas.
If you aren’t interested in using two products, pick one that’s appropriate for combination skin. The Water Sleeping Mask by Laniege is noncomedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores. It also works on dry, dull skin. 
6. Blot When It’s Hot
You shouldn’t allow oil production to run rampant during the sweltering summer months. A shinier T-zone might be inevitable, but you can still control it with oil-blotting papers throughout the day. 
These Mattifying Blotting Papers by Sephora includes nourishing ingredients, and come in a slim, purse-friendly case.
Mattifying Blotting Films, SEPHORA COLLECTION, cherie
SEPHORA COLLECTIONMattifying Blotting Films
6. Eliminate Dandruff 
If you’re treating your combination skin, you shouldn’t neglect your scalp. Besides being unsightly, dandruff can cause greasy hair—which isn’t good for your face.
This Purifying Shampoo for Oily or Flaky Scalp by Christophe Robin suits all hair types. It minimizes flakes and moisturizes to reduce itching. 
7. Address Seborrheic Dermatitis 
Combination skin with seborrheic dermatitis will require your dermatologist’s input, as you may need an anti-yeast or anti-fungal agent. If you see yellowish or white scales on your face, you may want to book an appointment.
Find Equilibrium 
Combination skin can be frustratingly persnickety and demanding to manage. 
Still, there are approaches that can help clear up oily patches and soothe dry ones to normalize your complexion. 
Treat your skin with combination-appropriate products and solve any underlying conditions with your dermatologist, such as facial dandruff. 
References:
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