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Having combination skin is no easy feat… managing one skin type can be a challenge, let alone
two. Luckily, we can help. Treating combination skin is all about balance. While treatment can
take a little trial and error, it’s definitely possible to achieve healthy, even skin. First,
let’s learn more about combo skin and what’s going on with your complexion.
Combination skin is a common skin type where both oily and dry skin co-exist. The face’s T-zone
area (nose, chin, and forehead) tends to be more oily, while the cheeks and the rest of the face
tend to be drier. Because these conditions require different approaches, fighting acne with
combination skin can be challenging, but not impossible.
So what does combination skin look like? There are a few distinct features. When you have
combination skin, the cheeks and eye area are typically normal, but they can also be dry and
flaky or inflamed. In contrast, the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) is oily because it
contains more active oil (sebaceous) glands. These glands create a glossy appearance, clog
pores, and cause inflammation and even breakouts.
With combo skin, you might feel like your face is dry and tight after you wash it, but also shiny
and oily by midday or the end of the day. Does someone in your family have combination skin? If
so, you may, too, because genetics have a strong influence on skin type.
There are specific triggers that can aggravate combination skin, including fluctuating hormones
and a change in climate. It’s not uncommon for the skin to produce more oil in warm, humid
climates. Certain skincare ingredients and cleansing habits can also set off an overload of oil.
Many people think that by using oil-stripping products and cleansing frequently they’ll control
that oily shine. But what they’re really doing is stripping the skin of its natural oils, which
causes the skin to produce even more oil to protect itself. That’s why treating and preventing
excess oil, acne, and dryness in combination skin requires a multi-targeted approach.
Here’s how to treat combination skin:
If you need an acne treatment for combination skin, look no further. Proactiv’s targeted skincare
regimens treat and prevent breakouts, hydrate, and protect so you can achieve a clear, balanced,
and glowing complexion. Whether you choose our original Proactiv Solution System, Proactiv+ for
sensitive skin, or our ProactivMD System with prescription-strength Adapalene, managing
combination, acne-prone skin has never been easier.