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Combination Skin: Balance is Everything

Combination Skin the most common skin type and it can be a real challenge to balance your skin's needs. What does combination skin mean? It is a condition where you skin experiences both oily skin and dry skin at the same time on your face.The condition of the skin fluctuates depending on time of day and seasons! If your skin falls under this category, you may find that you're probably using a full range of different products in the market to keep your combination skin happy.

Key Traits of Combination Skin

The most common combination skin characteristics are an oily t-zone (forehead, chin and nose) and enlarged pores in the area. Blackheads are also commonly see in enlarged pores. The U-zone area, which covers the area around the cheeks down to parts of your chin, tend to feel dry and tight.

How to Manage Combination Skin

Managing Combination Skin can be tricky, but once you've nailed down what your skin's needs are, it might be easier than you think. The core management principle on how to balance combination skin is to manage the oily t-zone and dry U-zones at the same time.

Here are some things/ingredients to AVOID:

1. Avoid formulas that have Alcohol Denat, Menthol and Witch Hazel (which uses alcohol during the extraction process).
2. Avoid abrasive scrubs and products with strong fragrance that can irritate the skin.
3. Avoid using bar soaps and cleansers that leave the skin dry and tight.

Here are some suggestions to manage Combination Skin:

1. Try spot treatments for areas that need extra care
2. Use hydrating toners to avoid skin irritation
3. Mult-masking is a great way to address different skin concerns at the same time. For example, clay mask for oily areas and hydrating mask on the dry areas of your skin

Ingredients Spotlight for Combination Skin

Vitamin C. Hydaluronic Acid. Peptides. Glycolic Acid. Mandelic Acid. Lactic Acid. Salicylic Acid. Vitamin E. Witch Hazel. Retinol. Niacinamide


Tips for choosing a cleanser for Combination Skin:

1. Choose a gentle, water-soluble cleanser. It can be a creamy facial wash or gel cleanser.

2. The chosen cleanser should not leave your skin feeling tight, dry or greasy.

3. Double cleanse with a cleansing balm or a cleansing gel for evening routine.


Tips for choosing combination skin toner:

1. Select a lightweight, hydrating, soothing and non-irritating toner.

2. Avoid toner with alcohol such as isopropyl, alcohol denat that can dry out your skin.

Essence/Serum/Ampoule/Mask/ Eye Cream

The first step is to identify the skin concerns you want to address for your skin. With combination skin, you may need up to two types of serum to target different areas of concern. Choose lightweight consistency serum for oily areas and thicker and more viscous texture treatment for dry areas.

Some key ingredients for Combination Skin that we love include: Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Peptides and Retinol.


Choose TWO different types of moisturizers to target dry patches and oily areas. A humectant containing Hyaluronic Acid for the entire face while a richer creamy moisturizer that are more occlusive can be applied to extra dry areas.


The best sunscreen is ultimately the one you actually use. For days when you skin is more oily than dry, opt for a mineral matte sunscreen or a tone-up sunscreen. For days when you skin is more dry than oily, a lightweight and hydrating sunscreen would be a better option.

You can never have too much sunscreen!