When it comes to treating combination skin, genetics play a role. With combination skin types, there are an increased number of sebaceous glands within the T-zone area. As a refresher, the sebaceous glands are  responsible for creating sebum which keeps the skin soft and supple. The glands within the T-zone tend to be more active compared to anywhere else on the skin, leading to excess shine and contributing to the occasional breakout.

Environmental factors can also trigger skin issues related to combination skin, including acne breakouts to dryness. Lifestyle habits, seasonal changes to using irritating products that contain drying ingredients can trigger your combination skin to produce excess sebum, worsen breakouts within the T-zone, while drying out other parts of your face.

The key to treating combination skin types all comes down to balance. Not too little, not too much. Offer moisture to much-needed dry areas without increasing shine and oil to others. Some basic steps can be a simple case of the following tips:

Avoid makeup and facial creams that clog the pores: Look to products that are non-comedogenic. These are specially formulated to not block your pores and cause breakouts.

Use two different moisturisers: You may benefit from using two types of moisturisers. Use a heavy, cream-based moisturiser to combat the drier portions on the cheeks and jawline. Use a lighter, water-based moisturiser around the T-zone to keep skin supple without overloading on the shine.

Don’t forget to exfoliate: For combination skin skin care, this is a crucial tip. Exfoliating regularly will open up and clear out clogged pores in the oily sections of the face, but allowing moisture to penetrate dry areas on the skin.


Combination Skin Types: The Features

Combination skin is the most common type of skin out there. If your T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) appear oily but cheeks and jaw appear flaky and dry, then you have classic combination skin.

  • Appearance of oily patches around the T-zone
  • Flaky, dry patches on the cheeks and jaw
  • Blackheads occur the same time as flakiness
  • Enlarged pores around the nose
  • Localised acne breakouts


Boniik’s Shopping Tips for Combination Skin, Skin Care

As we covered, it’s all about finding the right balance when it comes to shopping combination skin care treatments. While you aren’t short of skin care options, it is best to find options that can simultaneously target problem areas, maintain the skin's natural moisture, and combat signs of ageing.

When it comes to specific skin care products, we suggest lightweight “hydrating gels”, “skin revitalising cleanser and toners”, “gentle exfoliating scrubs” and targeting pore cleansers that simultaneously dissolve oils and impurities while locking in moisture to the skin.

Should your combination skin be on the drier side when seasons change, you can swap out the lighter, face-revitalising gels with heavier products such as day creams and facial oils to treat the dry areas. To prevent overloading the skin with oil, opt for oil-free formulas that you can comfortably use on the entire face. We also recommend avoiding soaps which contain synthetic ingredients that dry out the face, and cause breakouts. Additionally, using oil-soluble products on sebum excessive areas will maintain your skin’s oil production.

Crucial ingredients to look out for when shopping for combination skin, skin care products:

  • Vitamin C
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Peptides

At Boniik’s we are determined to have you feeling confident in your own skin! Unsure about your specific skin type and the skin issues you should treat first?

At Boniik’s we are determined to have you feeling confident in your own skin! Unsure about your specific skin type and the skin issues you should treat first? Find out your specific skin type before you embark on your journey for healthy, acne-free skin!