Combination Skin – the most common of all skin types – characteristics and treatments explained

Combination is the most common of all skin types

Combination is the most common of all skin types and most people fall into this category.

How to recognise combination skin

Put simply, combination skin is having two different skin types on your face. The face can be separated into two zones. The t-zone is the area of the face that goes across the forehead and straight down the centre line, covering the nose and chin making a capital ‘T’ shape across the face. The condition of the skin in this zone can differ from the rest of the skin on the face namely the delicate area around the eyes and the cheeks.

Combination skin is actually the most common skin type and also one of the harder skin types to treat. It is important that the skin is accurately diagnosed in order that it can then be effectively treated. For skincare purposes this can be done at home, if you are having problems with your skin it would be advisable to consult with a dermatologist or a doctor. Caring appropriately for your skin type can make a vast difference in the appearance of your skin and in many cases can solve minor skin problems.

The first step is to examine the type of combination you have. There are two main types, oily combination or dry combination. It is important to treat the skin for it’s most dominating type or the type that bothers you the most irrespective of the part of the face it is on.

Oily Combination

If you struggle with an oily t-zone and this is the predominant feature of your complexion treat your skin as oily skin, using products that are designed for oily skin. Oily skin often goes hand in hand with acne adding another problem into the equation. Remember not to use overly harsh products that can strip your skin of oil encouraging the skin to produce oil more rapidly…gently does it. If your skin combination is oily/sensitive please read the information below.
Check out our top tips for oily skin.

Oily/Sensitive Combination

If your predominate skin type is oily and other skin type is sensitive then it is important that you select products that are labelled as sensitive or choose organic, skin friendly products that will nurture your sensitive eyes and cheeks too. Another option is to treat the areas of skin slightly differently. I’m not suggesting that you have entirely separate products for the separate areas on your face but maybe use an additional toner for your t-zone. Even if the dominate part is oily you can not disregard that your skin is sensitive too and that the use of irritating products on your skin could actually be causing or increasing the amount of oil on your skin. Check out our top tips for sensitive skin.

Dry Combination

If your predominant skin type is dry then you probably have patches of dry, flaky skin. This will often appear in the cheek and eye zone of your face but could be on your t-zone too. Treat your skin as dry skin, select products designed for this condition. If your skin is sensitive, and dry and sensitive skin often go hand in hand, look for products that are specifically designed for this purpose.
Check out our top tips for dry skin.