Does your skin have dry and flaking areas, accompanied by oiliness in other areas such as the t-zone? It’s possible you have combination skin.
Combination skin can manifest in a variety of ways; you may find you have perfectly normal skin in some areas, and oiliness or dryness in others. This very common skin type can seem complicated to deal with, but the good news is that with the right products, it doesn’t have to be.
A common configuration of combination skin is oiliness through the t-zone, with dry sides, but it is most certainly not the only way this type presents. Hormonal acne along the chin and jawline is also common and still considered to fall under the combination skin umbrella. It’s important to remember that due to the variety of different ways in which combination skin can manifest, that there is no universal approach to treating this skin type.
In some cases, using the “wrong” products could even be exacerbating your combination skin and increasing its presentation of symptoms; it could be that with the correct products that your skin will become far ‘happier’. For example, many people mistakenly use products which are meant for oily skins on their combination skin, not realising this can strip the natural oils from the skin and simply make matters worse in areas where oil is not a problem.
Further to this, using harsh products can cause sensitisation of the skin, and even damage the lipid barrier. One of the most important first steps in treating any skin type is to ensure the skin’s barrier is in balance, and not compromised in any way. The cleanser you use is a key part of this, and it is important that products are more acidic than alkaline to help achieve this pH balance. If you are currently using a foaming cleanser, we would recommend you consider changing to a non-foaming cleanser; foaming cleansers often contain harsh surfactants or foaming agents, which are normally alkaline and can have a tendency to strip the skin’s natural lipids. Non-foaming cleaners are more favourable to achieving a happy, healthy pH.
Below you will find a range of products which you may find suitable for your combination skin. If you are unsure which products are best suited for your combination skin, please do not hesitate to contact us for help. You can submit a consultation card, request a live online skin consultation, or use our live chat to receive personalised advice from our highly trained therapists.