DOs and DON'Ts for Combination Skin

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Combination Skin TipsIs your skin undecided?  Some days it's tight and dry, other days it's acne-prone and oily - and sometimes it is both dry and oily at once?  It sounds like you have combination skin. Those with this skin type generally have oily areas centered around the T-zone (the chin, nose and forehead), while the cheeks are dry.  With most advice and products geared towards either dry or oily skin, it can be confusing figuring out how to care for your skin. Here are our top tips for caring for your complex complexion.

The DOs:

Do change with the seasons - Combination skin has the tendency to change with the weather. It’s prone to dry patches during the winter and breakouts and shine during the summer. So switch out your products as needed with the changes of the season.

Do pick products for your skin type - Search for products geared toward your skin type that are labeled for 'combination' skin.  We suggest our Litmus Test pH correcting skin care 3 piece set which includes a face cleanser, toner and moisturizer for your skin type.  Litmus test products are pH balanced, soap and oil free and they help reestablish healthy skin chemistry and promote cellular turnover.

Do divide and conquer - There's no need to use one product on your entire face.  For instance, if your nose and forehead is in need of a deep cleaning mask like Ain't Misbehavin' intensive skin-correcting sulfur acne mask to clear up blackheads, use it only on the affected skin areas. Leave the drier areas bare while you let the mask do its work.

Do mix up your makeup - Pick makeup items that work well with the areas it will be applied. Look for cream blushes to add a glow to cheeks, while sticking to powder eye shadows to reduce smudging.

The DON'Ts:

Don't skip the moisturizer - Dry, oily or combination, skin always needs moisture.  Look for formulas geared to your skin type like our Litmus Test pH correcting & renewing glycolic acid facial moisturizer. Use sparingly on oily areas if you are feeling particularly shiny and apply more when needed to dry patches.

Don't forget to exfoliate - Exfoliation is key to skin health as it helps remove dead skin cells and flaky spots. Once a week, use a gentle exfoliator to help the skin renewal process.  If you experience any sensitivities in the drier areas of your skin, you can 'divide and conquer' the issue by exfoliating only the needed areas.

Don't get stuck in a rut - Combination skin can be ever changing, so make sure your routine and the products you use keeps up with those changes.  Keep an eye on any changes in your complexion and switch up your beauty regime accordingly.

Combination skin can be confusing at times, and requires a bit of special attention.  By following our tips and breaking your skin down by area, you can soon be on the road to balanced and healthy skin.

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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