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Causes of Combination Skin

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 sure is a tricky skin type to treat.

Buckle up because, in this article, we will unravel this skin type’s complexities.

So you can learn how to treat your combination skin effectively.

What is combination skin?

This skin type can be part dry, oily, or normal in certain areas.

The most common combination skin types are dry with a normal T-zone or normal with an oily T-zone.

The T-zone is often characterised by large pores, shininess, and blackheads. It’s tricky to treat because both areas require different skincare routines.

Self-diagnosis or looking at your skin will not result in a correct evaluation. If you don’t know your skin type, a qualified skin therapist can perform a simple skin analysis test.

A wood lamp is also an excellent tool for determining your skin type.

It’s unique in that it uses a black light to reveal not only the areas of your skin that are hydrated but it can also pick up the natural oil production of your skin.

It can determine any pigmentation caused by sun damage, genetics, hormones, and any unusual conditions that may be present under your skin and not visible to the naked eye.

Signs of Combination skin

We recently surveyed our clients who have combination skin in our clinic.

This helped us understand their challenges, and the results speak for themselves:

  • oily T-zone
  • blackheads
  • whiteheads
  • sensitivity
  • breakouts
  • dryness
  • flaky patches
  • large pores
  • dehydration
  • red patches
  • dry around the eyes

Little surprise then that it’s easy to become overwhelmed when faced with treating a combination skin type.

Causes of a combination of skin


This has everything to do with your skin type. While you can’t change your genetic coding, understanding your biological parents’ skin types will help keep your tricky skin in check.


Your skin is up against many environmental assaults daily, which can worsen the causes of combination skin.

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 some 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.

Treatments and Products

If you’re a regular beauty goer, have you ever thought that the treatments or products you use are unsuitable for your skin type? 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 further counteract your oily or dry skin problems.

Likewise, suppose you’re resorting to intensive beauty treatments such as harsh peels like micro-needling or microdermabrasion. In that case, you should know that these can lead to inflammation and micro-tears, impairing 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.

Products for Combination 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 care for a combination of skin types is to cleanse with an ‘oil to water’ cleanser, which is beneficial for dry and oily areas. Miracle cleanse protects as it cleanses your skin so that 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 customised so that you can treat different concerns on your skin at any gMoisturisersoisturisers: You may have to use moisturiser for the oily areas and another for the dry areas; fortunately, you can avoid this by using a water-based gel-like Clarify moisturising and hydrating benefits to different skin types, bringing your skin back into balance.

Cosmeceuticals: A+ Retinol skin shot contains vitamin A, referred to as a 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 combination and oily skin.

Breakout control: You must use a controlled spot treatment. Any picking can spread bacteria and make your breakouts worse. Resq clearing akin shot is a potent spot treatment that gets right to the source—a hero product in our range. It is excellent at results targeting pimples, papules, and pustules.

If you want more information on how to treat your combination skin and what ingredients to look out for, follow the link.

To conclude. The naked truth

As we can see, combination skin is tricky to treat, so being aware of the common causes of combination skin will really help you get the best outcome for your skin. This is 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 are 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, look 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.

3 replies on “Causes of Combination Skin”

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.

Hi Samantha is it okay to spot treatment with a strong astringent, I find it does help me, any info would be great.

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