Finding skin care products that effectively care for combination skin can be a challenge, namely because of the dual nature of your skin type. If you struggle to find products that are gentle enough not to worsen dry or oily skin conditions, yet can effectively improve the tone and texture of your complexion, you may need to take a closer look at the ingredients on your products. Here is a guide to help you expertly care for your combination skin and find the most effective products for a smooth, even complexion.
What Is Combination Skin, and What Makes It Difficult to Manage?
Those with combination skin typically experience oily spots in the T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose, and chin, and dry skin on the other areas of their face. This combination of opposite skin conditions is what makes combination skin particularly difficult to care for. Although combination skin is largely determined by your genetics and there is little you can do to avoid this, certain skin care ingredients such as preservatives, sulfates, and harsh exfoliants could be contributing to some of the unwanted characteristics of your skin’s condition. On the other hand, with the right skin care routine, you can get both oily and dry conditions under control and achieve the radiant, healthy-looking skin you want.
Tips for Caring for Combination Skin
Caring for combination skin is all about choosing the gentlest, least-irritating ingredients that you can find, yet that will offer the skin-nourishing benefits you need. When creating your individualized skin care routine for combination skin, keep these tips in mind:
- Look for nourishing ingredients like amino acids, peptides, and antioxidants. Use these in place of harsher ingredients that are known to cause irritation, including retinoids for anti-aging. Swap out your traditional anti-aging products with an amino-acid-based formula like AminoGenesis Therapeutic Facial Repair moisturizing cream to help promote collagen production while gently hydrating your skin. You can use amino acids on either dry or oily skin, making them excellent choices for combination skin.
- As with all skin types, those with combination skin should wear daily sunscreen to help prevent signs of sun damage and reduce their risk of developing skin cancer. In addition, sun exposure when using ingredients like retinoids and hydroxy acids can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and its harmful effects [1, 2]. Instead, combination skin types may better benefit from using a day cream like AminoGenesis Wrinkle Arrest with SPF 30.
- Don’t shy away from frequently moisturizing your skin because of an oily T-zone. Instead, use a moisturizer that contains gentle ingredients like amino acids that can restore a healthy balance of hydration to your skin without clogging pores. AminoGenesis Cocoon is powerful enough to be used all over your body, but it’s gentle enough for your face as well. This formula is also great for very dry, flaky skin conditions anywhere on the body, soothing razor burn and sunburn, and speeding the healing process of minor cuts and scrapes.
- Talk to your dermatologist if you’re still having trouble managing combination skin. He or she can provide an accurate assessment of your skin type and condition, as well as suggest the most appropriate treatment options.
The Bottom Line
Don’t feel discouraged managing combination skin. With the right skin care ingredients, this skin type can be easy to care for and look and feel smooth, radiant, and healthy. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t need two separate skin care routines, either, if you’re using gentle enough ingredients. This is why amino acids can be so beneficial for your skin type, as they provide nourishment, hydration, and a boost in collagen production without worsening existing dry or oily conditions.
 U.S. FDA