Surviving Winter: Products for Combination Skin

Combination skin might be the most difficult skin type to take care of. This skin type combines some of the worst attributes of oily and dry skin into one skin type.

Some characteristics of combination skin include:

  • Dry cheeks
  • Oily T-zone
  • Acne
  • Splotchy, red patches
  • Sensitivity to products

Combination skin is so hard to care for because it has many different characteristics.

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Causes of Combination Skin

Combination skin is a mix of genetic and environmental factors.

Oily skin, which usually appears in the T-zone for people with combination skin, is the result of a genetic condition that causes more oil to be released than is necessary.

There are a few problems that people with oily skin face, none more prevalent than acne. Combination skin will often have breakouts in the T-zone because of the excess oil. Oily skin, while genetic, can become exacerbated by humid weather.

Dry skin, on the other hand, becomes exacerbated when there is a lack of moisture in the air. The winter months will often be harsh on the cheeks, jawline, and upper neck of someone with combination skin. Dry skin is the result or chronic, subclinical inflammation of skin cells. This inflammation is usually a genetic condition but is easily added to by dry climates or strong central heating in the winter.

Caring for Combination Skin

Combination skin requires a lot of TLC and knowing what is best for your skin.

There are preventative measures you can take to make your skin less susceptible to the elements, including:

  • Use sunscreen and avoid the sun between 10 and 4 p.m.
  • Abstain from smoking
  • Take warm, short showers instead of hot, long showers
  • Eat a diet high in olive oil and fish
  • Manage your stress levels

All of these measures can help to make combination skin less of an issue. But combination skin also requires a skin care regimen that takes into account the sensitive nature of combination skin and the differences between the T-zone and cheeks.

Combination skin benefits from skin care products containing anti-inflammatory ingredients that aren’t harsh or drying. DMAE is a great ingredient for the oily portions of your skin, especially when contained in a toner. Then, for the dry portions of your face, use a water based moisturizer.

To care for combination skin, use a cleanser made for sensitive skin. Doctor Perricone‘s Gentle Cleanser is perfect for combination skin because it can be used on the entire face. It is gentle, as its name suggests, while still removing dirt, excess oil, and make-up.

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  1. I have combination skin, that is usually under the duress of nature’s wrath. My skin would be dry one day, oily the next, and acne prone in between. Over the years, I have accumulated a plethora of facial products that have all seen the same fate:(collecting dust in a box at the back of my closet). I am now on the verge of thirty, and am starting to see the ravages of age. I had just about had it with my skin until I tried the Olive Night Creme from Made from Earth. After only one application, the stress on my face began to disappear. I don’t know how it worked, but it worked. My skin is now moisturized without being oily or blotchy, and I haven’t had a breakout since. My personal life has even improved. I swear, that this is a face cream from God!

  2. thanks, for your solution on combination skins.I have these problems from my childhood, now I am 32.

  3. Hey there, I have combination skin (T zone) as well.. The moisturizer I use is from Shielo.. It’s called Shielo Complexion AntiAgingMoisturizer .. I don’t know if you’ll find the similar one where you stay.. But this moisturizer from Shielo is for oily or combination skin .. I really like this brand.. It doesn’t cause me any break outs.. Hope this helps!!

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  5. I have a slightly oily t-zone and there has been a noticeable decrease in the overall oiliness of my skin since I started using the pH Balanced Moisturizer from Made from Earth skincare line. I would recommend this and a face wash in conjunction if you have oily skin.

    I use my face wash in the shower and then apply the PH Balanced Moisturizer when I get out.

  6. I’m heading into my 28th winter and still haven’t found any combination skin products that I’m really satisfied with. I’m so tired of my skin being a constant problem! I’d love to give yours a try! Thanks and best of luck to everyone…

  7. I have very very oily skin ,I try evry singl think ,please if you have something it`s gone be help me send me some sample.


  8. My face is really dry and peels alot and would love to see if your product would help without drying my face out to much.

  9. I believe a great cleanser can make all the difference….would love to give this one a try!

  10. I have the winter blues. Well, maybe not so much the blues, as red and dry skin. It seems as the skin on my face is going crazy as I get older. From slight break outs to dry skin it’s starting to become a problem. Rather than wearing make-up… which causes more irritation, perhaps an application which balances my combination skin would be better.

  11. Since aging, my skin, which was once considered combination skin,has become extremly dry . Looking to find products that might help with this and to slow down the aging process a bit :) I would love to test your products .

  12. My combination skin is defintely diffcult to care for. The winter cold and wind dries out my cheeks and eye area and my t-zone while more calm than summer months become parched as well. It would be great to have one product that could care for the different issues of combination skin.

  13. Great article, and so useful to so many people. Thanks!

  14. I have combo skin too..anything with moisturizer in it makes my skin sooo oily in the morning when I get up. would love to test this product.

  15. Dealing with combination skin is hard! When I find something that works in the summer it doesn’t help my dry skin in the winter.

  16. I have combo skin.. Typical t-zone ..dry cheeks and oily nose, chin.. Winter weather is espically harsh on my skin..

  17. I would love to find a product that really works on my dry skin. I have tried everything. Send me some of those products to test!!!!! :)