By definition, combination skin is when your skin can feel oily in some areas and dry in other areas, hence the term “combination”. It is pretty common amongst people, with a typical example being the T-zone (your forehead, your nose and your chin) feeling very oily. So, it’s not unusual for somebody to have combination skin. But the question is, how do you deal with the condition?
Because it is a combination of issues, you may realise that the same solution may not apply to both areas. So, what would remedy the oily skin may only make matters worse for the dry skin, and vice versa (partly because the two elements, oiliness and dryness, are in some respects complete opposites). Therefore, it’s worth considering the issues as being completely separate and with separate solutions, as opposed to being able to use one product to tackle the problem as a whole.
In the case of areas where the skin is dry, emollient moisturiser has proven to be a strong solution. Generally speaking, emollients are designed to soften and smooth the scales of the skin, which in turn will help to reduce any spots where the skin feels rough and flaky. Applied properly and regularly, emollient moisturiser will go a long way towards handling any areas of dry skin.
As for oily areas, it is about using products which are lightweight and effective formulas. You should look for potent and concentrated amounts of ingredients in line with either a gel, a thin lotion or a liquid texture. This will work for any oily areas on the face, and from there you can move to any emollient boosters, serums or moisturisers for any remaining dry parts. This will be the end of you always carrying around wiping rolls or tissues to keep you oily face dry and thus improve your confidence.
If you are looking to treat all areas as a whole, you should look to use a water soluble cleanser to begin with, followed by a non-irritating toner and a leave-on BHA exfoliant. You should try to prevent your skin receiving any damage from the sun, and a night-time moisturiser cream applied every evening will add a further touch. Doing these regularly, as well as the steps outlined above, should go a long way towards dealing with combination skin and reducing the problem greatly.
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