We all have different skin types and skin types do not revolve around normal dry and oily. If you have an oily T zone as well as dry cheeks then welcome aboard, you have a combination skin type. 

What is a combination skin type? 

We categorise a skin type as “combination” whenever the skin has dry and oily areas. It can be tricky because your face areas need different types of skin care and the skin care you used for your T zone may cause a breakout because it does not match with the skin care you use on your cheeks. You usually have oilier skin in summer and drier skin in winter. 

Although it is tricky, it is manageable. 

First things first, we recommend you take on this skin type test to reveal your skin type to properly identify skin type. Then, it is important to get to know your own skin better to target oily and dry areas which are usually the T-zone for oily and the cheeks for dryness. 

Although we usually refer to combination skin type in general, we could break it in two parts: normal combination skin type and dry combination skin type. 

If your T zone is oily but your cheeks are “normal” then you have a normal combination skin type, and obviously, if your cheeks get dry easily, this is a dry combination skin type. 

The key is really to pay attention to your skin, to your skin’s reactions throughout the day to properly understand it. 

Combination skin comes as a natural skin type, it can come from your genes, hormonal influences and/or environmental factors. In fact, depending on the climate you live in, your skin type may slightly change according to it. Let’s say you live in a very humid environment, your skin may be very oily but if you move to a cold, dry place your skin may be much drier. 

Few tips to help to support you with a combination skin type:

  • Treat your dry cheeks and oily T-zone differently: Obviously, they both don’t need the same care, it is important to adjust your skincare routine according to it because the skin care products you use for your cheeks may increase the oiliness of your T-zone and the other way around. 
  • BHA exfoliant: They will help to unclog your pores and get rid of dead skins for a clear look, the chemical exfoliation will help reduce oil production and reduce blemishes. Check out Moonlight, Glycolic Acid treatment for gentle night exfoliation. 
  • Blotting sheets: Although I would not personally recommend them, they do come in handy when you really need your skin to be perfect for a presentation, for example. Talking from experience, using them on a daily basis made my skin even worse. It improves my skin on the spot but not in the long term. 

Combination skin type needs all your attention as it’s trickier than other skin types, you need to find the right skin care routine that fits your skin type and help you reduce oiliness and dryness. The safest option is to take some time to analyse your skin and find the non toxic skin care products to manage it.