How to care for combination skin: Causes, care and prevention advice
If your skin is oily across the t-zone and drier in other areas such as the cheeks, your skin type is considered as combination. While combination skin is often genetic, it can also be caused by using the wrong skincare which may be stripping the skin of essential oils. Discover the causes and characteristics of a combination skin type and the products that can help.
Characteristics of combination skin
Combination skin is most commonly identified by oiliness across the t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and drier patches on other areas of the face.
The causes of combination skin
Many cases of combination skin are simply caused by genetics, passed on by our parents. But this skin type can also be caused by using the wrong skincare. Many people, for example, make the mistake of trying to combat greasiness in the skin with harsh products that dry out and strip away essential oils. This actually causes the skin to create more oil to compensate while leaving drier patches further dehydrated and irritated. By simply switching to gentler products specifically created for combination skin, you should start to see an immediate difference. Concerns such as excess oil may also disappear completely.
How to care for combination skin
Combination skin types generally require gentle formulas that are lightweight yet hydrating while also being mattifying and non-comedogenic – so they don’t clog the pores. By taking a gentler approach in general, your skin can start to establish more of an equilibrium and restore its protective barrier. This barrier plays a vital role in the health of the skin, trapping water in and keeping bacteria out.
In the shower
Cleansing is a really vital step for combination skin types as it helps to rid the skin of excess oil and impurities. Try a cleanser such as Sanex Dermo Micellar Revitalizing Shower Gel that can be used on the face and body. It’s dermatologically tested and captures impurities while maintaining the skin’s natural barrier. Your skin should feel purified and hydrated after every shower.