Is your skin undecided? Maybe a little two-faced?
Occasionally needy and unsure of what it wants?
Well, welcome to having a combination skin – it’s a tricky skin type to treat.
Unravelling the common causes and complexities of this skin type is key; that is if you want to know how to treat it effectively.
We recently surveyed our clients who have combination skin, to understand their challenges, and the results speak for themselves:
- oily T-zone
- flaky patches
- large pores
- red patches
- dry around the eyes
Little surprise then, that it’s easy to become overwhelmed when faced with treating a combination skin type.
What is combination skin?
This skin type can be part dry, part oily, or part normal in certain areas, the most common combination skin types are dry with a normal T-zone, or normal with an oily T-zone. More often than not, the T-zone will have large pores, shininess, and blackheads.
It’s tricky to treat because both areas require a different skincare routine.
A self-diagnosis or just looking at your skin will not result in a correct evaluation. If you don’t have any idea of your skin type, a qualified skin therapist can do a simple skin analysis test for you.
A woods lamp is also a great tool for determining your skin type. It’s unique in as much that it uses a black light to reveal not only the areas of your skin that are hydrated, but it can pick up the natural oil production of your skin. It can determine any pigmentation caused by sun damage, genetics, or hormones, as well as any unusual conditions that may be presented under your skin, not visible to the naked eye.
The common causes of a combination of skin
This has everything to do with the type of skin you have, and whilst you can’t change your genetic coding, understanding your biological parents’ skin types will help to keep your tricky skin in check.
Your skin is up against a huge amount of environmental assaults daily, which can make causes of combination skin worse.
For example, humidity in the summer months causes the skin to sweat and increases oil production, leading to excess bacteria in the pores, which can cause pimples and breakouts. Cold weather can dry out your skin, causing flaking and inflammation.
HORMONES AND STRESS
Fluctuating hormones, stress levels, pregnancy, menopause, prescribed medication, and even the pill, are just some of the things that cause your skin to be slightly off-centre.
This can create dry patches in some areas and promote activity in sebaceous glands, all of which lead to daily shine in the T-zone – which makes sense because there are more sebaceous (oil) glands on the nose and central panel of your face.
SKIN TREATMENTS AND PRODUCTS
If you’re a regular beauty-goer, have you ever thought that the treatments or products you are using aren’t right for your skin type? In fact, they could be making your combination concerns worse.
Treating breakouts with harsh astringents or irritants can stimulate the sebaceous glands, this can cause more oil production in the T-zone; at the same time, it may aggravate skin dryness and redness on your face.
Trying to counteract dryness with rich emollient moisturisers, will only serve to counteract your oily or dry skin problems further.
Likewise, if you’re resorting to intensive beauty treatments such as harsh peels or treatments like micro-needling or microdermabrasion, you should know this can lead to inflammation and micro-tears, which can impair your barrier function.
This causes the skin to lose its elasticity and oil production also slows down, thus making your skin dry. When the skin becomes depleted of its essential ingredients through ageing, it can yield different skin types.
What can I use on my skin?
Whilst you can’t alter nature, there are several things you can do to adjust your skincare routine, for it to be more effective:
Cleanser: The best way to look after a combination skin is to cleanse with an ‘oil to water’ cleanser, which is beneficial for both dry and oily areas. Miracle cleanse protects as it cleanses your skin – so it won’t strip it of any protective oils.
Serums: Our skin shots are the powerhouse of any skincare routine and will give your skin essential ingredients with maximum results. They can be completely customised so that you can treat different concerns that present on your skin at any given time.
Moisturisers: You may have to use a different moisturiser for the oily areas and another for the dry areas, fortunately, you can get around this by using a water-based gel-like Quench, that brings both moisturising and hydrating benefits to different skin types, bringing your skin back into balance.
Cosmeceuticals: A+ Retinoid Complex contains vitamin A, referred to as the “normalising vitamin” in the skincare industry. This indulgent serum has been carefully crafted with valuable lipids that are missing, bringing balance and health back to a combination and oily skin.
Breakout control: You must use, controlled spot treatment, any picking can spread bacteria and make your breakouts worse. Resq anti-blemish complex is a potent spot treatment that gets right to the source – a hero product in our range; it has great results targeting pimples, papules, and pustules.
Want more information on how to treat your combination skin and ingredients to look out for, then follow the link.
As we can see a combination skin is tricky to treat, being aware of the common causes of combination skin will really help you get the best outcome for your skin, simply because we are all so metabolically different. No two skin types are the same.
So to recap; the things you really need to be aware of when treating combination skin is; the home care routine you use, the strength of ingredients in your skincare products, and what each area of your face requires, in terms of proper skin treatment.
The products flagged for this skin type are often pure marketing hype, instead lookout for ingredients that balance your skin naturally; sometimes less is best, so a skincare routine with fewer, gentler products, could be the beauty solution your skin needs.