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How to Treat Combination Skin

How to treat combination skin

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

Not an easy task with 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 battleground.

What does combination skin look like?

Are some parts of your face dry or normal usually the cheeks?, Whereas the sebaceous glands in your T-zone are more active than the rest of your face, making it appear more oily and shiny?

Most of your sebaceous (oil) glands are located in your T-zone. This is the area on your face that produces more sebum.

When your skin is dry, the sebaceous glands overproduce oil to keep it plump and hydrated, which may result in an overly oily forehead and nose, but your cheeks may remain dry.

So, how do I 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 treat the whole area of your skin is 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 combination skin is not easy; special concerns require special products and combination skin is no exception. However, we’re not suggesting you rush out and buy a battalion of products to get your temperamental skin under control.

Quite the contrary, in fact, once you understand the common cause of combination skin, you can gently and easily bring it back into balance with products that mimic the function and structure of healthy skin; with ingredients like ceramides, emollients, cholesterol, antioxidants, and intelligent cellular-communicating ingredients like peptides.

Your combination skincare routine

Knowing how to treat your combination skin is important because it is easy to sabotage this skin type. Fortunately, with over 25 years of experience treating skin types, combination skin is the one that most often presents in our skincare clinic; so you’re in safe hands, and we’d love to professionally guide you through the complexities of the best skincare routine for combination skin:

1. Use an oil-based soluble cleanser

For the perfect solution, use a gentle, alcohol-free cleanser that won’t dry out your skin and will maintain your skin’s pH levels. Our skin is weakly acidic, and most cleansers are alkaline-based, this can affect the pH levels of your skin. Avoid soap or any astringent products that will strip the skin, causing sensitivity.

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

2. Use a toner after cleansing

If you’re really keen to know how to treat combination skin, then a toner is an essential part of your routine.

A good toner should be created to balance your skin’s pH – an important factor when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and the 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, and ensure it is alcohol-free. Alcohol-based toners can dry your face; this can stimulate your sebaceous glands to produce too much sebum.

3. Moisturising is a must

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 two pronged approach is going to be your best bet: a lightweight oil-free 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 we created Quench ultra-hydrating water gel, which is specifically designed for combination skin types.

It 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.

3. Exfoliate exfoliate exfoliate

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 sensitive skin, so focus on exfoliants that have the texture that is appropriate for your combination concern.

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. A commonly used BHA is salicylic acid; it is considered to be among one of the safest yet effective ingredients for oily/combination skin types.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) 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. A common example is lactic, which is lovely and hydrating.

4. Skinshots are a combination skin’s new best friend

This is a skin type 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 and lacks water can produce more oil – to combat this use a water-based oil like H20 hydrating skin shot.

Whilst it may seem a little contradictory, especially to those with oily, combination skin, oil-based serums that contain jojoba, squalane, and lipids will help bring your depleted skin back into balance – bio lipid complex is one such serum, perfect for bringing skin in a state of flux back into balance.


So, as you can see, whilst a lot is going on with this skin type, you don’t have to overthink how to treat combination skin; listen to your skin’s needs and treat it with intelligent ingredients.

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

Once you have a handle on how your skin really is behaving, then you can begin to treat it effectively, with many of the products mentioned above.

Be sure to avoid harsh astringents, surfactants, and acids that will strip your pH, which can lead to inflammation and breakouts.

Instead use gentle natural formulas, that will help to bring your skin back into harmony and balance.

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.

    • Samantha Miller says:

      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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