What To Do When You Have Combination Skin

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You’ve probably heard that people have different skin types. There’s oily skin and dry skin, but what about when you have both? Combination skin is a bit more complicated than the rest because it requires more care and attention than other types. Let’s talk a bit more about this type of skin and how you can best take care of it. 

What Is Combination Skin?

Combination skin means that some areas of your face are excessively oily, and some are dry. Usually, the combination of the two occurs on different parts of the face. The t-zone (T-shaped area on your face, including your forehead, nose and chin) tends to be more oily, while the cheeks and forehead are usually dry and sometimes flaky. 

This might seem like a confusing concept if you don’t have combination skin, but those who do are all too familiar with the struggles. Having to carry around blotting sheets and also needing to use some extra moisturizer on the dry areas can be a hassle. But where does combination skin come from, and what kind of products are best to help with it?

How Do You Get Combination Skin?

A lot of times people with combination skin inherit this trait from their parents, but other times it can be a result of skincare products or hormonal changes. 

If you use products that contain aggravating ingredients, it could be making your combination skin more noticeable than usual. These products could dry out certain parts of your face while stimulating oil production in other areas. When thinking about skincare products to use for this skin type, it’s crucial to carefully look over the ingredients and stay away from harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances. 

What Kind of Products Work for Combination Skin?

When selecting products for your skin, you have to keep in mind that everyone’s skin is a little different. You might have combination skin like your friend, but they might have different amounts of oiliness and dryness than you. 

When dealing with the oily parts of your skin, look for products that are lightweight and have a matte finish. Your moisturizer should be a gel or thin lotion for your whole face, and then you can go in with a thicker serum for your dry areas. The key to combination skin is knowing how to keep the balance. 

How To Care for Combination Skin

Besides picking out specific skincare products for combination skin, there are a few generalized things you should keep in mind so that your face can look its best. 

One of the most helpful things you can do for your skin is to stop touching it. We know that it’s tempting, and we all do it subconsciously, but it can be extremely harmful. Your hands have a lot of bad bacteria on them at any given time, and spreading that to your face can cause irritation and clogged pores. 

Gently exfoliating dead skin cells is also important for combination skin. Be careful not to over scrub the dry areas, or overstimulate the oily ones. Using an exfoliator on your t-zone is the best option as long as you don’t overdo it. Follow this step up with a moisturizer. 

This tip applies to all skin types -- but wear sunscreen. This is so essential for your skin’s health and longevity. Include an SPF of at least 30 in your skin care routine to keep harmful UV rays from penetrating your epidermis. This will help keep your skin looking young and help prevent wrinkles. 

When cleansing your face, use a gentle product that doesn’t contain any sulfates or parabens. You want to remove the dirt and makeup from your face without drying it out or clogging your pores. You can also use a cleanser that will balance your skin’s texture and overall appearance with its ingredients. 

Makeup Choices

If you like to wear makeup, but you have combination skin, it’s probably difficult to find products that work for you. Some foundations seem to go on well but then start to cake after a couple of hours of wear. 

The first thing you can do before applying your makeup is to cleanse and moisturize your skin. This will provide the best base for your skin and allow the makeup to glide on smoothly. Next, you can apply a mattifying primer to targeted areas of your face. This will help with oil production and doesn’t have to interact with your dry spots.

When it comes to foundation, wearing something that has buildable coverage is best for combination skin. This way, you can customize how much you wear on certain parts of your face. 

Combination skin can sometimes make your skin appear dull because of dehydration or dead skin cell buildup. The best way to deal with this is proper exfoliation and adding some color back into your skin with contour or blush. 

When you’re buying makeup for combination skin, it’s essential to remember to look for products that won’t clog your pores, dry out your face or add too much shine. Look for clean ingredients that don’t use synthetic fragrances or harsh chemicals in their products. 

Benefits of Probiotic Skincare

Sometimes, combination skin can be the result of an imbalance in your body. This is likely due to the idea of traditional skincare and their obsession with removing bacteria from your skin and the rest of your body. Many products on the market advertise themselves as “antibacterial” which people generally think is a good thing.

However, that is actually not the case at all. The best way to support your skin and bring it back into balance is by adding bacteria back into the mix. Repairing that imbalance will lead to healthier-looking skin with fewer problem areas. The good bacteria on your skin protects you from bad bacteria and repairs your skin so that it can deal with environmental stressors. 

This is where probiotics come in. This is the good bacteria that we’re talking about that is usually used to help improve your gut function. Probiotic supplements are a popular way to ingest good bacteria so that they can benefit your entire body. Probiotics can also be used topically in skin and hair care products as well!. 

When applied to your skin, probiotics can help with ceramide production and help with various skin conditions. They help restore balance to your skin’s microbiome, which includes oil production. Using probiotics on combination skin can help reduce the effects of your dryness/oiliness so that you can just focus on keeping your skin nourished. 

Mother Dirt

At Mother Dirt, we have revolutionized the skincare game and turned it on its head. We’re no longer subscribing to the idea that you have to strip and peel away all of the bacteria in the skin's microbiome to get the best results. We know how beneficial certain bacteria is for your skin, so we’ve added probiotics to our skin care line. 

The Probiotic Foaming Cleanser doesn’t just clean your skin. It also balances it and maintains its pH. It’s made with prebiotic extracts from chicory root and rose water to fuel a healthy skin microbiome. They are extra gentle botanicals that help to brighten, smooth and even your skin tone. This cleanser is designed for all skin types, so combination skin is no problem. All of the ingredients are plant-based and won’t over-dry or strip your skin of its natural oils. 

Our Probiotic Moisturizing Serum is formulated to nourish your skin and contains squalane and essential fatty acids. It helps balance your skin microbiome without feeling heavy or greasy. It contains powerful probiotics that leave your skin feeling nourished and balanced. It also helps calm irritation and soothes redness.

The AO+ Restorative Mist is unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s the first of its kind because it’s made with live bacteria to produce Nitrite and Nitric Oxide, which are essential for a balanced skin microbiome. It’s perfect for any skin type and helps improve smoothness and uneven skin. Simply spray directly onto your face as the last step in your routine, twice a day, and you’ll soon be amazed at your radiance. 

Wrap Up

Combination skin might seem scary or difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right products and routine, you can manage combination skin just like any other skin type out there. Mother Dirt is made for any skin type because of our gentle and clean ingredients. Try our starter kit today to help manage combination skin.



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