Combination skin

What is a Combination Skin Type

Do you have skin that can’t make up its mind?

Does it feel like you have two or more different skin types at any time?

Then chances are you have combination skin – oily in some areas and dry in others.

It’s easy to overthink this skin type simply because so many conditions are going on at any time.

Because combination skin is hard to identify and even trickier to treat, let’s examine its anatomy.

What is a Combination Skin Type

Understanding combination skin

So how exactly would you know if you have combination skin?

The first thing to know is that this skin type occurs when you simultaneously have two or more different skin types on your face.

If your skin is characteristic of OIL down the MIDDLE, the CENTRE PANEL of your FACE, which REDUCES as you look across the CHEEKS and towards the EARS, then chances are you have combination skin.

Are you combination-oily or combination dry?

The width of your skin T zones and how far the pores reach across your cheeks determine whether your skin is more oily or dry.

Combination/oily: If your pores expand across your cheeks and past your eyes and are smaller, with less visible pore structure in your face’s perimeter, your skin is characterised as a more combination and oily skin type.

Combination/dry: However, if your pores are only visible in a narrow strip down the centre panel, with fine invisible pore structure on your cheeks and the outer area of your face, then your skin is classed as a combination, dry skin type.

Fortunately, you can take steps to correct any wavering state in which you might find your face.

How do I get a bit more balance in my skin?

Taking care of your skin as either dry or oily is straightforward. But things start to get complicated when you’ve got a little bit of both.

Hydrating creams can be too hydrating, oil-absorbing cleansers are too irritating, and balancing products never seem to do much.

And you don’t need us to tell you that’s bad news for most.

This is why our products are all fully customisable by having a mix-and-match approach; you can specifically target your skin’s requirements, making them the ideal choice for treating skin that is undecided.

For instance, if you have combination skin with dehydration and breakouts, you could select Resq anti-blemish complex to target the breakout at the source whilst minimising oily shine.

SOS soothing complex tackles inflammation and bacteria. Quench ultra-hydrating gel targets dehydration and daily glow – incidentally, dehydration is not uncommon with a combination skin type.

Maybe you are getting that oily shine that builds up throughout the day, so it is essential to treat this skin condition with balancing products such as Multitasking B+ niacinamide complex or our potent all-rounder A+ retinoid complex.


This skin type is tricky to treat because it features two or more different skin types on your face at any time.

Typically, this combination skin type is characterised by dry, flaking skin, oil and shine, which can appear anywhere on your face.

When treating a combination skin, the bottom line is listening to your skin and giving it what it needs daily to bring it into balance to achieve healthy, shine and blemish-free skin.

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