Combination Skin Vs. Oily Skin

Combination Skin Vs. Oily Skin

When it comes to skin types, many often have a hard time distinguishing combination skin and oily skin. Although these two undeniably share similarities, many often mistake one for the other. So to leave you without any doubts on whether you have combination skin or oily skin, we’ve come up with a little guide about each of them. 

Combination skin

Many consider combination skin difficult to care for, especially at home. It requires a two-way approach, as it should be treated as both dry and oily skin. This type of sk0in is common among those who had oily skin in their youth. The advantage of combination skin is the slower aging process of the skin

Combination skin is characterized by an oily t-zone, namely the forehead, nose, and chin areas. On the other hand, the other parts of your face are usually prone to dryness, like your cheeks and sides.

Combination skin

How to properly take care of combination skin

If you have combination skin, there some rules you’ll want to follow:

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  • Wash your face with gels or foams dedicated for combination skin
  • Apply a cleansing tonic that can remove oiliness from the t-zone
  • Apply a matting cream to the t-zone while generously moisturizing the rest of your face
  • Use eye cream
  • Opt for a matting foundation
  • If your t-zone gets overly oily during the day, use blotting papers
  • Perform enzymatic peels or other exfoliation once a week
  • Use moisturizing masks on your face and tightening and cleansing only on the t-zone

Ingredients to seek out for combination skin

Of course, first you’ll want to locate on the shelf products dedicated to combination skin. Still, you should always take a look at the ingredients list. When purchasing cosmetics for combination skin, welcome are:

  • Vitamin E
  • AHA
  • Retinol
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Aloe
  • Rose water
  • Zinc and green tea in products for your t-zone
Ingredients to seek out for combination skin

Oily skin

Oily skin is very often caused by overactive sebaceous glands, hence its problematic nature. With age, oily skin often turns into combination skin, and combination skin then turns into dry skin. As a result, the aging of this skin type starts fairly late. In later years, it also isn’t prone so much to dryness, as in the case of normal skin.

Characteristics of oily skin

This skin type is characterized by being visibly oily and shiny. In some cases, even seconds after washing, the face starts to shine again. It can be rough and seem more hard to the touch. It has dilated sebaceous glands and enlarged pores. There are impurities in the pores that contribute to the formation of blackheads and pimples, causing acne. It’s also more prone to showing signs of stress. 

On the bright side, oily skin reacts very well to water and isn’t easily irritated by it. Oily skin also tolerates harsh weather conditions better than other skin types. It won’t dry out that fast in case of freezing temperatures or strong sun. It’s more easy to hydrate and generally isn’t as sensitive to external factors. 

Characteristics of oily skin

How to properly take care of oily skin

Wash your face with a gel or foam dedicated for oily skin. Don’t use soap on your face. After patting dry your skin, apply a toner. Try to keep away from alcohol toners and use them rather occasionally, as they cause dryness. Next, use a moisturizing and matting day cream with a UV filter in the morning. During your evening skincare routine, apply a moisturizing cream for oily skin. Try to remember to use eye cream as well. You’ll thank yourself in a few years. Try to use products that reduce oiliness, but don’t forget to moisturize. If you use too many drying  cosmetics you can end up with skin dehydration. Every once in a while visit a beauty salon, for a cleansing facial. This way both you and your beautician will be able to control your skin.

Once a week exfoliate your skin, for example with an enzymatic peel. Also apply masks, with zinc, copper, sulfur ions, or algae and clays, like white or green. For your makeup routine, choose foundations dedicated to oily skin, as they’ll matte it out. Become best friends with blotting papers, as they will be able to save your makeup during the day. As for your dietary habits, try to avoid sweets, strong coffee, tea, cigarettes, and spicy foods. All these products can contribute to more breakouts.

Ingredients to seek out for combination skin

  • Zinc
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • AHA and BHA
  • Tea tree oil
  • Witch hazel
Ingredients to seek out for combination skin

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