Skin Care Tips for Treating Combination Skin

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You love variety, but not when it comes to your skin. In fact, your combination skin makes you more than a little frustrated. 

Trying new products (even makeup) can be a challenge. It seems no matter what you use, your skin can never get it together, leaving you with patches of flaky, peeling skin and areas of extreme oiliness. 

People with combination skin have areas of oiliness and dryness at the same time. Oily areas are usually located in the t-zone, with dry patches on the cheeks and temples. Finding products that work on combination skin can be maddening, even if they’re marketed specifically for combination skin types. 

Let’s talk about what’s going on under the surface...and on the surface of combination skin and how you can find solutions that actually work. 

Why Do I Have Combination Skin?

You’ve probably asked yourself this question a million times. Is it something you’re using? Is it a curse? There are many reasons why you could be experiencing combination skin. Here are a few of the most common. 


A lot of our skin issues are genetic. From the color of your skin to the size of your pores, the condition of your skin has a lot to with your DNA. If one or both of your parents have combination skin, chances are you will too. 

Genetics play a major role in oil production and blemishes too. If either of your parents or grandparents had acne or oily skin, you’re at higher risk for developing the same conditions. 

Even if your genetics are responsible for your combination skin, you don’t have to accept it as a life sentence. You can biohack your skin to improve its condition and restore balance to your skin.

Environmental Factors

Combination skin can also be caused by environmental factors. Combination skin may be drier in the winter and oilier in the summer due to rising and falling humidity. Indoor heating and cooling systems can also wreak havoc on skin, pulling moisture from your skin and leaving it feeling dry and chapped. 

If you only experience combination skin during one season, the weather conditions and climate could be the cause.


We love to hate them, but our hormones control practically every function in our bodies. They’re the body’s messengers that trigger sequences like metabolism, growth and development, and even the processes carried out by entire organs. 

When hormone levels change, which they do daily, your skin can change, too. For instance, higher levels of androgens (like testosterone) cause your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, the skin’s natural oil. 

The sebum produced by higher testosterone levels is thicker and stickier than normal sebum, causing it to clog pores more easily and form blemishes. 

Improper Skin Care

Sometimes our skin problems are of our own making. If you’re using the wrong products for your skin, or simply neglecting skin care altogether, your skin could be suffering. 

It’s possible for you to have a balanced, even skin tone, but if your skin isn’t being treated properly, patches of oiliness can appear simultaneously with dry areas. 

Unbalanced Microbiome

One of the foundational reasons you may be dealing with combination skin is because of an unbalanced skin microbiome

Never heard of the skin microbiome? We can help. 

The skin is home to an entire ecosystem of organisms. Trillions of bacteria live on the surface of your skin. This good bacteria helps keep your skin balanced, healthy and able to function like it should. 

Skin bacteria is important. The skin microbiome:

  • Protects you from pathogens
  • Reinforces, protects, and repairs the skin’s protective barrier
  • Keeps skin healthy and radiant

A balanced skin microbiome is vitally important to your skin’s health and your overall wellness. 

We know just a little about the functions and interactions of the bacteria in your skin’s microbiome, but research shows that the bacteria on your skin communicates with your skin cells and immune cells extensively, which means keeping it balanced and healthy is essential for keeping us healthy.

When the skin microbiome becomes unbalanced, you can experience skin-related issues like dryness, oiliness and even combination skin. 

What Causes an Unbalanced Skin Microbiome?

Your skin does a great job of keeping its microbiome balanced.

The problem is, we do a great job of wreaking havoc on our skin’s microbiome without ever realizing we’re doing it. 

The most common reason why our skin’s microbiome is unbalanced is due to traditional skincare. We’ve scrubbed, stripped and peeled away much of the healthy, good bacteria on our skin’s microbiome through methods of modern hygiene. 

Some of the skin care solutions we use to treat common skin problems (like combination skin) can have a negative impact on the skin’s microbiome, making our combination skin worse and leaving us feeling frustrated. 

When we have unbalanced skin microbiomes, our skin problems can really begin to stack up. 

Combination Skin

Combination skin is just one result of an unbalanced skin microbiome. Many other skin conditions, including some chronic skin conditions, can occur because of an imbalance in the skin microbiome. 

Different levels of bacteria on different areas of your skin can create oily patches and dry patches.


  1. acnes is a bacteria that lives on your skin and is responsible for your bumps and blemishes. When the levels of good bacteria on your skin are lowered, your skin doesn’t have a strong defense against the growth of c. acnes, which can lead to more breakouts. 

Free Radical Damage

Your skin’s microbiome helps protect you from free radical damage. If you aren’t familiar with free radicals, here’s a little Biology 101 refresher. 

Everything is made up of molecules, and molecules need to be balanced with two electrons. Some molecules are unbalanced, having just one electron. These molecules are free radicals. 

Free radicals look for balanced, healthy molecules (like the ones that make up your skin cells) so that they can steal their electrons. When this happens, the cell where the healthy molecule lives becomes damaged. 

The bacteria living on your skin help fight free radicals, but if your microbiome is unbalanced, you are more susceptible to free radical damage. 

Tips for Treating Combination Skin

The key to restoring your skin’s balanced, even condition is to restore and rejuvenate the skin microbiome. You can easily restore order to your microbiome by using probiotics

Just like your gut flora needs probiotics to help keep your digestive tract healthy, your skin microbiome needs probiotics to help restore healthy levels of bacteria, support proper skin function and boost skin health. 

Getting probiotics to your skin has never been easier, and combination skin can benefit from the restorative products available that help bring balance...instead of trying to treat for oil or dryness alone. 

Three-Step Combination Skin System

Bringing full restoration to your combination skin is as easy as one, two, three. The PeaceKeeper is the perfect way to start your skin wellness journey to radiant, biologically balanced skin. By cleansing, restoring, and moisturizing, you can take care of your combo skin without stripping, drying, or causing irritation. 

  • Probiotic Foaming Cleanser. A foaming cleanser is a great solution for combination skin as it’s able to combat oil and remain gentle on dry areas at the same time. 

Mother Dirt’s Probiotic Foam Cleanser is blended with probiotic extracts to help restore healthy levels of bacteria to your skin, and prebiotics to nourish and strengthen existing bacteria. 

This cleanser removes impurities without washing away the delicate parts of your skin’s microbiome.

  • AO+ Restorative Mist. Several years ago, MIT scientists discovered a groundbreaking bacteria that used to live on our skin naturally. Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB) is essential in keeping the skin’s microbiome balanced, but modern hygiene has completely removed it from our bodies. 

Our AO+ Restorative Mist delivers live, active AOB to your skin to restore balance and replenish lost levels of healthy bacteria. AOB mixes with ammonia on your skin and in your sweat to produce nitrite and nitric oxide, two compounds vital to the health and balance of the microbiome. 

  • Probiotic Moisturizing Serum. Probiotic extracts combine with squalane and phospholipids to help nourish your skin and balance your microbiome to reveal a glowing, healthier-looking complexion.

Mother Dirt’s Probiotic Moisturizing Serum combines probiotic extracts with ingredients like squalane and linoleic acid to help nourish your skin.

Just three simple steps to more even skin? That’s a win. 

The Takeaway

Combination skin doesn’t have to be your destiny. Healing your skin’s microbiome can help you experience skin that is healthier, more even and incredibly radiant. 

You can restore balance to your skin microbiome by using probiotic skin care products that help replace what modern hygiene has taken away. Mother Dirt is the solution for restoring the microbiome and creating the pathway to healthier, more balanced skin. 


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