Combination Skin
There is plenty to learn about combination skin, since it's really two or three skin types all bundled up into one neat little package!

Combination skin can be a bit tricky. With both dry and oily areas, it's hard to find products that can treat such opposite conditions, both with unique needs, "equally," but, there are ways to care for it as a whole.
Unique Needs Ideally, caring for combination skin requires a bit of knowledge about how to care for balanced ("normal"), dry, and oily skin. In this way, the various areas of your face are treated as uniquely as its skin tone. In other words, it helps to know what ingredients might be comedogenic or pore-clogging, and what types of natural ingredients are astringent, to help tighten the skin, such as witch hazel. Learning about the various plant oils is also helpful. For instance, apricot kernel oil is absorbed very quickly and is not considered a very heavy oil, whereas some oils or butters are considered heavier oils that are useful for dry or very dry skin, but would not be good for oily skin, such as cocoa butter.
It isn't difficult to identify which areas of your face are drier than other parts. The main thing to remember is that these different areas require different treatment. For instance, you might apply a "drawing" face masque to the area around your nose and on your chin, avoiding around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead where the skin may be drier. This will draw or pull the oils from those particular areas to help balance out the oil content of your face. With the same thought in mind, when applying heavier moisturizer, only attend to those areas of dryness, while using lighter creams where there is more oil. We are seeking balance!
Facial Regions Typically, the forehead, nose, and chin areas may be oily, with cheeks balanced (normal) or dry. But, there can be many "combinations" ... such as a dry forehead and oily chin and nose area. Often the oily areas can be around the nose area, or under the mouth in the crease of the chin, although these are areas that can be difficult to reach for cleansing. A mild exfolliant can help these troubled areas and it also helps if you can "stretch out" these areas of your face as you are treating them, such as holding your mouth open as though you are bobbing for apples. You might look a little funny while you're doing it, but it really helps. Face masques can look kind of odd too, but they work well!
Treat Selectively Also, some light steam facials can be beneficial, which helps to deeply cleanse, and clay facial masks are good to use, especially in the oily spots. You may wish to use a less drying mask if you have dry areas. These types of "spot treatments" selectively give the skin in these unique areas the type of care they need.

As for overall care, using a toner after any steam or mask treatment, as well as after washing, helps to minimize pore size and balance the pH of your skin ... this can be used all over. Again, with moisturizer, you may wish to use a heavier cream in any dry spots, with a lighter cream in the oily spots.
Identify Areas So, the goal is to primarily decrease the oil and bacteria in the oily areas, while continuing to nourish the dry areas. For instance, some soaps or creams containing certain oils can be beneficial for all-around use for combination skin. These are oils that are not heavy and absorb easily. Jojoba oil is one such oil ... it closely resembles skin oils, so can be used with both oily and dry skin. Aloe vera is also a good all-around soother.

If you would like to do some more reading, please see our pages on oily, dry, and balanced skin, since you may have these types of skin as part of your "skin composition."
Fine Tuning Your skin is as unique as you are, so it's good to learn what works for YOU, as what may work well for some people, may not work well for the others. This is another reason why it's extremely important to make sure when you introduce a new product to your skin that you first test it on a small area of skin that is located in a concealed area, such as on the back of your neck (behind hair), or behind an ear. Doing this will allow you to know whether or not you have any type of allergy to the product.

Try testing various ingredients on your skin to see how it responds. If you acquire positive results, then you have found something you and your skin like! It can also be helpful to take notes and to identify which areas of your skin are dry or oily, then you can write down what products you have used in those particular areas and record the results. Once you find what works, then you can always refer back to your notes.

To fine tune your combination skin care regimen, please see our other "skin type" pages to learn more.

Information regarding other skin types ...
Dry Skin
Our skin maintains a delicate moisture balance. We may lose this balance for a variety of reasons.
Read more ...
Oily Skin
Living with skin that produces more oil than it needs takes a bit of patience and understanding.
Read more ...
Normal (Balanced)
The skin type referred to as "normal" is actually skin that is "balanced" ... not dry or oily.
Read more ...
Skin conditions are often very uncomfortable, or even painful and beyond simply troublesome.
Read more ...

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Please note that the information shared within this website is not to be considered as any type of cure, diagnosis, prevention or medical treatment of skin conditions. We merely offer general guidelines and tips for maintaining healthy skin, as well as cleansing and beautifying.