Causes of Combination Skin: A Balancing Act

Causes of Combination Skin: A Balancing Act

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.

Unraveling the common causes and complexities of this skin type is key; that is, if you want to know how to treat it effectively.

I recently put out a survey to my clients who have combination skin, to understand their daily challenges in more detail and the results speak for themselves:

    • Oily T-zone
    • Dry around the eyes
    • Blackheads
    • White heads
    • Sensitivity
    • Breakouts
    • Dryness
    • Flaky patches
    • Large pores
    • Dehydration
    • Red patches

Little surprise then, that you get overwhelmed when faced with treating a combination skin type.



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 on a daily basis, which can make causes of combination skin worse.

For example, humidity in the summer months causes 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.


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 will create dry patches in some areas and promote activity in sebaceous glands.

All of this leads to daily shine in the T-zone, which makes sense because there are more sebaceous glands on the nose and central panel of your face.


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 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 peels or microdermabrasion, you should know this can lead to inflammation and micro-tears, which will impair your barrier function.

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, to bring balance and health back to a distressed skin.


  • Being aware of the common causes of combination skin
  • The home care routine you use
  • The strength of ingredients in your skin treatments
  • What each area of your face requires, in terms of a proper skin treatment

All of this will save you from the stress of having a combination skin.

The products flagged for this skin type are often pure marketing hype, instead look out for ingredients that balance your skin naturally; sometimes less is best, so a skincare routine with fewer, gentler products, could just be the beauty solution your skin needs.


3 thoughts on “Causes of Combination Skin: A Balancing Act

  1. Jennie Saunders says:

    I am a liscensed esthetician and I have to agree with you, that most of my clients have skin that is combination, which is a challenge to treat, thanks for the information.

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