How Do I Choose the Best Treatment for Combination Skin?

Helen Akers

The treatment for combination skin can be somewhat difficult. While there are several products formulated for the needs of combination skin, reliance on these treatments alone is not recommended. Foundations and moisturizers in particular can be used as a treatment for combination skin. These products adjust according to the level of oiliness or dryness present in different areas of the skin.

Combination skin care products need to hydrate dry areas and regulate oil in oily areas of the face.
Combination skin care products need to hydrate dry areas and regulate oil in oily areas of the face.

Due to the fact that combination skin has conflicting needs, a dual skin care regimen is often needed. Using a cleanser that contains a mild strength of salicylic acid can help address the oiliness that is usually present in the t-zone of combination skin. In climates with cold and dry winter temperatures, a milder oatmeal cleanser may help prevent over-drying in the cheek areas. An oatmeal and avocado cleanser mix can absorb excess facial oil and produce a light moisturizing effect at the same time.

People with combination skin may benefit from using a toner on their T-zone.
People with combination skin may benefit from using a toner on their T-zone.

Using a mild toner can be an effective treatment for combination skin. For the dry areas, it is best to use ingredients that will produce a calming effect and prepare the skin for a moisturizer. Some toners formulated for sensitive skin will also work well with combination skin. Individuals who have excessively oily skin in the t-zone or experience breakouts might find one of the astringents formulated with 0.5 percent salicylic acid helpful.

Avocado can be paired with oatmeal to make a treatment for combination skin.
Avocado can be paired with oatmeal to make a treatment for combination skin.

Even though a person may be tempted to skip the moisturizer on oily skin, a light formula can be a beneficial treatment for combination skin. There are some moisturizers that are formulated to adjust according to the needs of the skin. This means that the formula releases more potency on the drier areas and less for those areas that contain more active sebum cells. Some moisturizers for combination skin are formulated to control oil and shine as well.

A good treatment for combination skin is mild exfoliation or facials. Masks can also provide some benefits. At-home microdermabrasion can loosen up dry, dead skin cells from both the dry and oily areas. This can prevent blemishes, clogged pores and a dull appearance. Facials often produce benefits similar to microdermabrasion, with the added bonus of pore tightening.

Certain mask formulas can address the disadvantages of combination skin. Avocado can provide light moisturizer, while clay or oatmeal bases will absorb excess oil and temporarily decrease sebum production. It is recommended that masks, microdermabrasion, and facials only be used two to three times a week.

When selecting a moisturizer for combination skin, look for creams that are water-based.
When selecting a moisturizer for combination skin, look for creams that are water-based.

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