Are some parts of your face shiny and greasy, while other spots feel normal or even dry? If so, you probably have combination skin. Your dermatologist offers you easy, helpful tips for a proper skin cleansing routine for managing your combination complexion.
Combination skin is part oily, part dry. Typically, the oily areas are located on the T-zone, which consists of the forehead, nose and chin. Cheeks are usually more on the dry side, but the degrees of oiliness and dryness can vary. The T-zone also tends to have larger pores and is prone to breakouts, while the cheeks may feel rough and irritated.
Some of the causes of combination skin include:
- Hormonal changes
How to Care for Combination Skin
To properly care for combination skin, your dermatologist offers some friendly advice:
- Cleanse: People with combination skin often have difficulty finding a cleanser that works for their unique skin needs. For the perfect solution, use a foaming or gel cleanser to get rid of dirt and oil without irritating or drying out your skin.
- Exfoliate: Regular exfoliation sloughs off dry, dead, rough skin cells and leaves the skin looking luminous and fresh. It also helps products penetrate into the skin. If you don’t exfoliate the skin, dead skin cells build up and block pores, causing blemishes and blackheads.
- Moisturize: Combination skin needs balance, and part of that balance means properly moisturizing your skin. Moisturizing is especially important for drier areas of the face, but your entire face needs hydration.
- Protect: Just like all other skin types, it is important to protect your skin from harmful effects of the sun. UVA and UVB rays can damage skin, so make sure to use oil-free sunblock all over your face daily.
Visit your dermatologist to properly determine your specific skin type and how to properly care for your skin.