How to Treat Combination Skin

How to treat combination skin

We all want happy, balanced, blemish-free skin.

Not an easy task with a combination skin.

Especially when it’s behaving like an angsty teen.

Undecided, moody, and temperamental – sound familiar?

One minute your skin is dry, the next it’s oily, and then there’s a breakout, blackhead, or wrinkle – it really is a battle ground.


So, how do you crack the combination skin code?

By approaching your skincare routine strategically, that’s how.

Select products that lean towards your predominant skin type:

  • If you simply treat the whole area of your skin as oily, it will leave areas dry, tight and flaky
  • Likewise, if you only treat the dry areas, this will cause too much oiliness

Unravelling the complexities of treating a combination skin is not easy; SPECIAL CONCERNS require SPECIAL PRODUCTS and a combination skin is no exception.

However, I’m not suggesting you rush out and buy a battalion of products in order to get your temperamental skin under control.

Once you understand the cause of your combination skin, you’ll need to bring it back into balance; this you can do with products that mimic the function and structure of a healthy skin.

Look for ingredients like ceramides, emollients, antioxidants, and intelligent cellular-communicating ingredients like peptides.


Knowing how to treat combination is important, because it is easy to sabotage this skin type. The first step is to implement a good skincare routine.


For the perfect solution, use a gentle, alcohol-free cleanser that won’t dry out your skin. Avoid soap or any astringent products that strip the skin, causing sensitivity.

Instead opt for a gentle gel or oil based cleanser. Miracle Cleanse is a great example of an intelligent formula that protects as it cleanses, so it won’t strip your skin of valuable oil.


If you’re really keen to know how to treat combination skin, then you should know this is a very important part of your routine.

A good toner should be designed to balance your skin’s pH, an important factor when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and your protective barrier and acid mantle intact; preventing nasty microbes from penetrating and causing breakouts and sensitivity.

Look for toners with a healthy dose of skin-repairing ingredients like peptides and antioxidants, with no alcohols.


When thinking about how to treat combination skin, the first rule of thumb is to AVOID scrubbing bubbles.

In my experience as an aesthetician, many people who have a combination skin also suffer from a sensitive skin, so focus on exfoliants that have the texture that is appropriate for your combination concern.

Understanding your combination skin code is key, are you combo oily or combo dry? This article does a good job of explaining this in more detail.

Beta hydroxy acids (BHA’s) are great for breaking down the build-up of oil in the skin; they exfoliate deep within the pore to eradicate cellular build up and kill acne causing bacteria, perfect for those struggling with blackheads and pimples.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) are water-based and gently help to slough off rough, scaly skin; leaving skin looking luminous and fresh, perfect for those more on the dry side.


Your combination skin requires balance, and a key part of maintaining that balance means properly moisturising your skin, not only on the dry areas.

In an ideal world, a twin approach is going to be your best bet: a lightweight moisturiser for the T zone panel and a rich emollient for the drier areas.

However, most of us want a fuss-free approach to our skincare, which is why a moisturising gel specifically designed for combination skin, is going to be ideal.

Equilibrium Balancing Gel is a luscious, hydrating treatment, that can be used all over your skin without worrying about clogging pores or impairing your barrier; delivering intelligent ingredients right to the source, keeping your skin happy, healthy, and balanced.


Water-based serums may just be a combination skin’s new best friend; it’s a time when product cock-tailing really comes into its own. These targeted treatments can be used as a spot treatment to treat different areas of your face. A combination skin that is dehydrated lacks water, an important factor.


Whilst it may seem a little contradictory, especially to those with oily, combination skin, there are some oils that will bring your skin back into balance, these include Jojoba and Kiwi seed, which you can read all about here.


So, as you can see, you don’t have to overthink how to treat combination skin; just listen to your skin’s needs and treat it with intelligent ingredients. To find out more, follow the link to find out the causes of combination skin.

6 thoughts on “How to Treat Combination Skin

  1. John Selwick says:

    Samantha you write so well has anyone ever told you? This is the best comprehensive article I have sverige rad on combination skin…keep up the good work.

  2. Fiona says:

    I find an unbalanced skin is better to be treated with diet as well as topically. Essential fatty acid deficiency can make things worse so adding a flaxseed or fish oil supplements can fix things. I note you don’t mention avoiding laurel sulphates in the skincare. This can often aggravate the skin causing more imbalance.

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Fiona
      This is absolutely something I should of mentioned diet is really key and thank you for prompting me as I have done a whole section on essential fatty acids….I will update with this information soon and I will also mention the sulphate family to in my next article combination causes, thanks for the heads up, appreciated Samantha.

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