How Do You Deal With Combination Skin?

How Do You Deal With Combination Skin?

Having combination skin presents challenges because some areas of the skin tend to be oily, while others battle dryness. The “T-zone,” which includes the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, must be treated in similar ways as an oily skin type.

Combination skin requires a special kind of care to balance both the oily and dry areas of the skin, without over-hydrating or over-drying. Some people with combination skin find it best to work with products that battle oils in the T-zone, and more gentle products for the rest of the face.

It is best, in all cases, to begin preparing the skin with a gentle gel-based or foaming cleanser. Bar soaps can promote dryness and should be avoided. The next step is a toner without alcohol, witch hazel or other drying ingredients. Following the toning, a sunscreen is helpful; for those with skin prone to breakouts, the sunscreen is best applied through foundations formulated for their skin types. For those who do contend with acne, a product with light benzoyl peroxide is effective for spot treating. To finish, those with combination skin can apply lotions with antioxidants in gel or serum form, with a more emollient moisturizer for the drier areas of the face.