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Combination Skin : How to choose a moisturizer



Let's start by talking about what combination skin actually is.


This is technically not a medical term or an actual skin type. It is a term used to describe a common experience where the T zone can feel oily and flaky at the same time. Overall, its frustrating because the oily aspect of the skin makes people feel like they need an astringent and the flaky part makes them feel like they want to hydrate! 


There are a number of causes of 'combination' skin. The most common causes are seborrhea, a tendency towards acne, and rosacea. 


To choose the right moisturizer it helps to learn what the true trigger of your combination skin is.


Generally speaking, ‘oil free’ and ‘noncomedogenic’ are ideal for moisturizers. It’s best to avoid alcohol based products as well. That being said there are some ingredients people do not always think about that can help ‘treat’ or control the tendency towards combination skin. Cleaners/ lotions / masks with a sulfur base (if you are not allergic) OR moisturizers that contain Azaleic acid suspension are wonderful for this!


Applying moisturizers is most important at night when your skin has a chance to repair itself. In the morning I recommend a moisturizer with a sunblock in it to have the duel effect of hydration and protection from your environment.


When it comes to cleansers, the foaming action of cleansers can strip away a lot of natural oils and dry our skin out further. I like mild cleansers with a gentle feel for this skin type. I know a lot of people think these are ‘slimy’ however they are simply not as harsh as other products. If you do have a ‘build up’ over time on your skin of dry dead skin and oil, adding in a gritty cleanser once to twice a week can help exfoliate this dead skin to avoid clogged pores.

Read more about our top picks for combination skin!



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