Combination Skin: “The Tricky Type”

Knowing your skin type is important. You need to know the right ingredients that are right for your skin and it helps you choose the right makeup formulas as well. Most people will respond with dry or oil if asked, but the one that is given the side-eye and not discussed much is combination skin. Sometimes called the “tricky type”, combination skin is 2 or more skin types, with dry and oily both being present while a third could be sensitive or acne-prone. As someone who falls into this category, I figured I’d share my knowledge so let’s get into it.

Combination skin usually features an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) while the cheeks and jaw are dry. Some factors can lead to people having more oil production or more dryness; weather and hormones are the main culprits. This makes curating the perfect skincare routine a massive challenge but it’s not impossible. One thing to consider is the ingredients in any products you choose for your routine. They will treat a variety of skin concerns while balancing the skin.

Best Ingredients For Combo Skin

Salicylic Acid– this beta hydroxy acid (BHA) penetrates deep in the skin to unclog pores and targets acne via blackheads and whiteheads, being a great ingredient choice for those who also have acne-prone skin.

Hyaluronic Acid– one of the most popular skincare ingredients right now. This sugar molecule increases hydration, moisturizes, helps prevent wrinkles, and treats redness.

Niacinamide– reduces the appearance of pores, helps skin retain moisture, and evens skin tone.

Glycolic Acid– exfoliates, clears pores, and dissolves oils.

Vitamin C– protects against sun damage, brightens skin, and improves acne and the appearance of wrinkles.

Ingredients to Avoid

Cleansers with Soap

Heavy Moisturizers

Fragranced products

Alcohol-based products (or products including alcohol)

Building The Routine

(This is a basic skincare routine. You can add masks, serums, and other products to complete yours.)

#1. Cleansing with a gentle cleanser works best for combination skin. At night, some dermatologists suggest double cleansing, especially if you wear makeup. One of my favorites is Formula 10.0.6’s Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser ($7.99). It works well for people who also have acne-prone skin.

#2. Toners help remove any remaining dirt on pores. It also restores the skin’s PH level and tightens pores. I use it all over my face but especially in the T-zone because it helps with oily skin. My recommendation is Good Molecules‘ Niacinamide Brightening Toner ($14). Use it in the morning and at night.

#3. Exfoliating should be done two or three times a week. This process removes dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin and smoothes it. My pick for exfoliator is Formula 10.0.6’s One Smooth Operator Pore Clearing Face Scrub ($7.99). (Part of the nighttime routine)

#4 Moisturizing is the best way to combat dehydration, aging, and wrinkles, and can reduce the chances of other skin problems. Pacifica Beauty‘s Kale Smoothie Refining Lotion ($16) is my holy grail.

Do you have combination skin? Shares your tips and tricks for managing your skin and your favorite products. Make sure to follow Indie Clique for more beauty content here and on social media (all links below!)

Photo Credits:

Formula 10.0.6 (website)

Good Molecules (website)

Pacifica Beauty (website)

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