Combination Skin

Combination skin

There is so much confusion about the meaning of combination skin.  This is because combination skin is not a true skin type. People can mean many different things when they say combination skin. For this reason, it is important to define combination skin type.

What is Combination Skin?

There are two main combination skin types:


1. Skin Types that change from a dry skin type in dry climates to an oily skin type in humid climates

In the Baumann Skin typing System- this type of combination skin is considered a dry skin type in the winter and an oily skin type in the summer.  This is also referred to as a Changing Skin Type.


2. Skin types that have an oily T zone and dry cheeks.

In the Baumann Skin Typing System- this may be called a dry skin type or a normal oily skin type.

Dry skin types have an oily t zone but the t- zone area does not make enough oil to compensate for an impaired skin barrier. Dry skin types, even those with an oily T- zone, need a barrier repair moisturizer.

Normal oily skin types make just enough oil in the t- zone to help hydrate skin. Normal oily skin types do well with a light moisturizer.


Products For Combination Skin

The best products for combination skin types depend upon which combination skin type you have. The definition of combination skin is based on the skin’s ability to make oil (sebum) and the skin hydration level that is determined by the skin’s ability to hold onto water. There are other factors to considering when choosing a skincare routine for combination skin such as:

Is the skin sensitive?

Is the skin tone even?

Do I have risk factors for skin aging that need to be addressed?


Each of these skin concerns needs to be addressed in a combination skincare routine.  In general, products for combination skin are adequate for every skin type but not awesome for any skin type.  In other words, it is better to have skincare products designed for your Baumann Skin Type than for the vague undefined category of combination skin because the term “Combination skin” is not a specific scientific term. 


Products for the Changing Combination Skin Type

If you have a changing combination skin type, use a skincare routine for dry skin in the winter and oily skin in the summer.


Products for the T-Zone Combination Skin Type

If you have the T-zone combination skin type, take the quiz to determine if you should use skincare products for a dry skin type or an oily skin type.

  • best products for combination skin

The best way to choose products for combination skin types is to retake the skin type quiz when the season change and update your skincare routine seasonally.

  • best moisturizer for combination skin

The moisturizer to choose depends upon which type of combination skin you have, what the weather is and what other skin issues you have.


Best Skin Care Routine For Combination Skin

Rather than using skincare products for combination skin, instead choose products seasonally. You will likely require products for dry skin in the winter and oily skin in the summer.  However, don't waste time and money and risk your skin health by guessing.  The skin type quiz was developed to help determine the best skincare routine for your combination skin type.

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