Do you have skin that can’t make up its mind?
With two or more different skin types going on, at any one time?
Then chances are you have a combination skin.
And what does this even mean? When you’re oily in some areas and dry in others, and sometimes it changes?
Welcome to having a face.
I find many of my clients get confused by combination skin, because they try to over think it.
They begin to dissect their skin – well if I have acne and I am dry, then I must be oily because of the breakouts, but if I am dry does that make me combination?
Because your combination skin is hard to identify and even trickier to treat, lets first have a look at its anatomy.
Understanding Combination Skin
So how do you spot a combination skin?
This skin type occurs, when you have two or more different skin types on your face at the same time.
If your skin is characteristic of OIL down the MIDDLE, which REDUCES as you look across the CHEEKS and towards the EARS, then chances are you have combination skin.
Oil down the centre panel of the face, is typically known as an oily T zone, this is because the nose, chin and forehead, contains more sebaceous glands or active oil glands, than any other areas of the face.
COMBO OILY OR COMBO DRY
The width of the T zone and how far the pores reach across the cheeks, determines whether a skin is combination oily, or combination dry.
Combo/Oily: If the pores expand across the cheeks and past the eye, with smaller less visible pore structure in the perimeter of the face, then your skin is characterised as combination and oily.
Combo/Dry: However if your pores are only visible in a narrow patch down the centre of the face, with fine invisible pore structure on the cheeks and outer areas of the face, then your skin is classed as combination, dry.
Fortunately there are steps you can take, to correct any wavering state in which you might find your face.
Really listening to your skin and understanding its natural qualities, will help you unlock the mystery to achieving clearer, more balanced skin.
Join me here to understand the causes of combination skin.