Combo Skin means your skin is both oily and dry. The best of both worlds, right?
Many people have a combination skin type.
With combination skin you may see oil in your forehead, around the nose and your chin, an area that's known as the T-zone (see below).
Or you may see oil in the jaw line. This is known as reverse combination skin (check that one out below).
Some signs that may be indicative of combination skin are having the following in only certain areas:
- Pores that look larger than normal, because they’re more open
- Shiny skin
- Dry patches
- Tightness/Dehydrated feeling skin
However, these could also be potential indicators of other underlying conditions, so it's always important to work with a professional.
A variety of factors can contribute to combination skin. It could be the luck of the draw, where you just have it due to genetics.
However, it could also be the products you are using are making it worse or causing it all together.
As you might already suspect, if you’ve read any of my other blog posts or have watched any of my videos, using products that contain the wrong or skin-aggravating ingredients will inevitably dry out some areas of your face while stimulating oil production in other parts (especially around the nose) that were already oily.
If you’re using the wrong products, you might actually be causing your combination skin. If you use the right products, you may still have some excess oil production, but you should see a decrease in oil and at least you won’t have dry, rough skin underneath excess oil.
Ok. So, let’s talk about oil first.
Contrary to popular belief. Oil is not the enemy. And drying your oil out will make it worse. Oil actually keeps your skin soft, helps to protect your skin and helps you age less quickly.
Plus, an incredibly easy answer to maintaining oily skin is consistently following a skincare routine that works for oily skin well.
Ok. Now for the dry parts.
While dryness can be easier to deal with than oil in a lot of ways, it can also cause a lot of damage to the skin. Dryness is one of the leading causes of aging (sorry, dry skin friends!) However, if you maintain it well, it’s all good!
Are we seeing a pattern here? Good, consistent maintenance with an excellent skincare routine is key to any skin type. So guess what? Since the skin operates in two different ways, each part of the skin will actually need appropriate care in the different areas.
The key thing to keep in mind with combination skin is there’s no one-size-fits solution. It depends on how dry your dry areas are naturally and how oily your oily areas are. You’ll have to divide and conquer by caring for different parts of your face differently based on your individualized needs.
And this is important because if you avoid doing this, you can cause extreme combination skin and a compromised skin barrier. If you have a compromised skin barrier, your products will be less effective and you will not get the results you are looking for.
Additionally, oily and dry skin both present their own issues and can be the cause of many other underlying skin conditions such as acne or rosacea.
Now don't worry, friends, you won’t need to have separate products for everything, but when it comes to moisturizing products, it can be beneficial to have products made for both oily and dry skin.
Applying products to the skin in this way is what I like to refer to as Face mapping!. By using face mapping, you are able to appropriately care for each part of your skin and ensure you get the best results possible.
Combination skin can take a little more attention to detail to maintain well, but taking the time to do so will make a difference in the overall condition of your skin. And that is definitely worth it!
Read more about how you can maintain your combination skin well here.
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