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Combination skin: what care is recommended?

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Combination skin is certainly the most difficult skin to take care of. Because they are both oily on the T zone (chin, nose and forehead) and dry on the other parts. Some may be oily on the T-zone and normal on the rest of the face. And again, it really depends on the person, because oily skin can only be found on one part of the T zone. Thus, specific care will have to be provided according to the different areas of the face:

  • remove excess sebum and tighten pores on certain parts,

  • improve hydration on others and avoid tightness,

  • treat skin blemishes like pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.

This implies knowing your face well, where the excess sebum is and where it is necessary to moisturize.

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Combination skin cleanser

It is generally recommended to use two types of cleanser for combination skin:

  • in the morning, it will be necessary to use a cleansing product to regulate the excess sebum produced during the night. It is indeed at night that the production of sebum is the most intense. It will then be recommended to use a foaming gel, suitable for oily skin.

  • on the other hand, in the evening it will be essential to remove the impurities of the day and to bring a little hydration to the combination skin and thus use a cleanser based on cream.


As with dry skin, avoid any use of products that have alcohol as an ingredient, as this will further dry out the already dry parts of your face.

Don't forget to exfoliate once a week using fine grain exfoliating products so as not to damage the dry part of your facial skin.

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Care to moisturize combination skin

On this point, it must be on a case-by-case basis, depending on the dry areas of your skin. It will thus be advised:

  • apply a moisturizer specifically to dry areas,

  • and apply a mattifying cream to the oily area(s).


Unless you don't want to bother, in this case opt for a special moisturizing product for combination skin.


Masks: use multi masking

For combination skin, which has oily and dry areas, the use of different types of masks may be a relevant complement:

  • either you use masks in the form of pastes (green clay for example) or patches that you apply only to the forehead or nose (and not to the entire face),

  • or you do multi-masking, namely a mask on the forehead and nose to absorb excess sebum and another on the cheeks, at the same time, to moisturize.

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