Are there areas of your face that seem dry and inflamed, while other parts are oily and more acne prone? This indicates that you have combination skin!
What is combination skin?
Combination skin is recognised as having oily skin in some areas of your face and dry skin in other areas. Usually, the T-zone (that is, your forehead, chin and nose) is more prone to oiliness whereas the dry areas are typically around your cheeks, jaw and hairline.
What causes combination skin?
Most of the time, the skin type you have is due to genetics. While you are unable to change that, environmental and lifestyle factors also play an important role in ensuring healthy and glowy-looking skin.
What should I do about my combination skin?
It can be quite tricky to keep your skin under control, as doing too much or too little can throw your skin’s PH off. Using too much moisturiser will cause an acne breakout while using too little can cause dry and flaky skin. If you use a product that is unsuitable,the dry areas can get drier and the oily parts end up becoming oilier.
Here are some skincare tips to help you out:
Exfoliate (carefully and gently!)
Exfoliating a few times a week will help you clear your pores to make way for a clearer complexion and reduce blackheads and whiteheads. Take extra care when exfoliating the dry parts, as it could further irritate your dry skin. Stick to a gentle exfoliant to avoid damaging your skin and ensure that you use a toner after to avoid large pores!
Face masks with salicylic acid
Salicylic acid has been recommended by dermatologists as a key ingredient to help manage oily skin, clear pores and prevent acne. When it comes in a mask form, salicylic acid is given more time to penetrate your skin and work its magic.
Opt for masks with hydrating properties to boost your skin’s moisture and use them 2 – 3 times a week.
Stop touching your face
While you may be tempted to pick at your pimple, our hands carry lots of bacteria so do not risk transferring them onto your face!
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
Do not leave the house without applying sunscreen, especially one with at least SPF30. The sun’s UV rays can cause irreparable damage to your skin and accelerate the breakdown of collagen in your skin. Try to get into the habit of applying and reapplying sunscreen every few hours, even if you are mostly indoors.
If you’re looking for a longer-lasting solution to better manage your combination skin, you could consult an aesthetic doctor to curate a personalised treatment plan for you. Treatments such as the hyaluronic acid fillers can boost hydration, while the pure* botulinum toxin can reduce the appearance of fine lines. Together with microfocused ultrasound with visualisation (MFU-V), these non-surgical aesthetic treatments help to improve overall skin quality.
Enjoy long-lasting balance and better skin that you can be proud of. Book your personalised session with a professional today and see how you can embark on this beauty journey.
Pure*: Absence of complexing proteins, inactive neurotoxin, flagellin & bacterial DNA contaminants.1
1 Park JY, et al. Neurotoxin impurities: A Review of threats to Efficacy. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020;8(1):e2627