What Is Combination Skin?
Are you unsure of your skin type? Combination skin is more common if you have dry spots on your cheeks and oiliness in your T-zone. This skin type can also be identified by larger pores.
What causes Combination Skin?
-Combination skin is widespread, much like other skin types, says board certified dermatologist and aesthetics specialist Kavita Mariwalla, MD, FAAD.
-Combination skin differs in that it is dry in certain areas and oily in others. For instance, Mariwalla points out that having an oily T-zone and dry cheeks is typical.
-Combination skin is inherited; nothing specifically causes it, but it can alter in response to hormonal and seasonal changes.
Due to hormonal changes, aging skin may become drier and less greasy. Periods and contraception are two additional hormone-driven elements that might alter the appearance of the skin.
Tips for Combination Skin
For combination skin, a balanced routine is necessary. Here are some particular suggestions:
1. Deeply hydrate after a gentle exfoliation. This will feed and renew your skin while also assisting in the elimination of dry patches.
2. Try using a clay mask to absorb extra oil in your T-zone and a moisturizing mask to hydrate dry patches on your cheeks. Blotting papers can be used to quickly absorb oil.
3. Look for goods containing any of the following three potent components:
4. Hyaluronic acid helps to retain moisture by moisturizing and plumping the skin.
– Salicylic acid aids in lowering sebum production and preventing acne.
– Lactic acid can also regulate an oily T-zone by drying up greasy patches.
The best skin care routine for combination skin: 
1. Cleanse (Morning & Night): Since you can experience increased oiliness or increased dryness as the seasons change, the best cleanser will depend on your particular type of combination skin. Generally speaking, choose a mild cleanser and wash your face with warm water every morning and evening.
2. Tone (Morning & Night): For skin that is mixed, a toner is necessary. Look for skin-balancing solutions; a good bet is one that has hyaluronic acid and is pH-balanced, since this will not only add much-needed moisture but also help soothe inflamed skin. Apply with a cotton pad right away following morning and evening washing.
3. Exfoliate (2-3X per Week): One of the greatest ways to get rid of T-zone acne is to use a moderate exfoliant. Avoid physical exfoliators since your skin may become irritated by their harsher substances and rougher textures. Choose a chemical exfoliant as an alternative. Because it is mild on the face while still removing dead skin cells, lactic acid is one of the best chemical exfoliators for combination skin. Follow these exfoliating techniques after cleaning and toning, then apply a lactic acid serum at night a few times each week.
4. Moisturize (Morning & Night): One of the most crucial stages for mixed skin is moisturizing. After cleansing and toning your face in the morning, use a mild moisturizer. Use a richer alternative that will rejuvenate skin as you sleep at night. Look for hyaluronic acid-containing products to aid in the moisture retention of skin.
5. Face Oil (Night): Another excellent option for combination skin is face oil. Find one that balances or hydrates. It can be used at night and applied following your moisturizer, or you can combine the two.
6. Sunscreen (Morning): The greatest strategy to safeguard skin and stop early aging and wrinkles is with a high SPF. Every morning, at least 20 minutes before venturing outside, apply a zinc oxide sunscreen with at least SPF 30. A benefit for combination skin types is that zinc is known to calm irritated skin.
7. Use a Mask (Weekly): The T-zone can be made less congested by wearing a mask. Choose a clarifying product, and use it at least once each week.