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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 going on, at any one time?

Then chances are you have a combination skin, where your skin is oily in some areas and dry in others.

We find many of our clients get confused by their combination skin because they try to overthink it.

They begin to dissect their skin – well if I have acne, then I must be oily because of the breakouts, but if I am dry, does that make my skin combination?

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

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 have two or more different skin types on your face at the same time.

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

If however, you have oil DOWN the CENTRE PANEL of your FACE, this is typically known as an oily T zone, because the nose, chin, and forehead, contains more sebaceous glands or active oil glands, than any other areas of your face.

Is my skin combination-oily or combination dry?

What wait, is there such a skin type?

Yes, the T zone’s width and how far the pores reach across your cheeks determine whether the skin is combination oily, or combination dry.

Combination oily skin type

If the pores expand across your cheeks and past your eye are smaller, with less visible pore structure in your face’s perimeter, then your skin is characterised as combination and oily.

Combination dry skin type

If your pores are only visible in a narrow strip down the centre of your face, with fine invisible pore structure on your cheeks and the outer areas of your face, then your skin is classed as a combination, dry type.

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

We recommend really listening to your skin and understanding its natural qualities. Becoming your own label detective, after all, we are all metabolically different and what works for one may not necessarily work for another. This will help you unlock the mystery to achieving clearer, more balanced skin.

How do I treat it?

When your skin is either dry or oily, taking care of it is a pretty straightforward process. But when you’ve got a little bit of both going on, things do start to get complicated. Hydrating creams can be well, too hydrating, oil-absorbing cleansers are too irritating, and balancing products never seem to do much balancing.

And you don’t need us to tell you that’s bad news for a lot of people. Many of our clients have combination skin—it’s more common than you think, the good news is that we’ve put together several products to treat your combination skin, which you can read below:

Naked chemist range

This is why our products are all fully customizable 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 shine – 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 one time.

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

When treating a combination skin, the bottom line is about really 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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