Combination Skin

A common skin type is combination skin, a situation where both oily and dry skin co-exists. The T-zone area of the face (nose, chin and forehead) tends to be oilier and the cheeks and periphery of the face tend to be drier. Because these conditions require different approaches, fighting acne with combination skin can be challenging, but it’s not impossible.

Combination Skin Causes

Although hormones can cause changes to your skin at different stages of your life, a propensity for combination skin, like all skin types, may be determined by genetics. Beyond that, there are factors that can exacerbate each side of combination skin and increase the chances of acne. They include things like exposure to grease and heat (like in a commercial kitchen), wearing tight clothing that doesn’t allow skin to breathe or sweat from excessive exercise.

Even the weather can affect your skin. Hot and humid climates can cause excess sweating and/or exacerbate oil production, which can lead to clogged pores and acne, while cold weather and climates with low-humidity levels can sap your skin of moisture, causing dryness and irritation.

How to Get Rid of Acne on Combination Skin

Treating and preventing acne in combination skin requires a dual approach. However, both oily and dry skin needs hydration, so some dermatologists recommend a medium-weight moisturizer and a mild cleanser for the entire face. Whichever moisturizer you use, make sure it’s labeled non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores.

Best Proactiv Products for Body Acne

For Dry Areas:

  • Green Tea Moisturizer: This lightweight, oil-free, non-greasy and non-comedogenic formula is rich in mineral and botanical extracts, including green tea, to help soothe dry skin without clogging pores. It’s the perfect moisturizer for blemish-prone skin.

For Oily Areas:

  • Advanced Daily Oil Control: Formulated for acne-prone skin, our Advanced Daily Oil Control helps reduce surface shine and clears breakouts. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly and helps the skin stay soft, smooth and hydrated without looking or feeling greasy. It’s also oil-free, non-comedogenic, paraben-free and dermatologist-tested.
  • Oil Blotting Papers: Blotting papers are the make-up artists secret to combating shine. Ours are made of 100% natural fiber and instantly absorb excess oil without leaving a powdery finish, so your skin looks fresh and clean without the sheen.

For Both Dry/Oily Areas:

  • Re-Texturizing Toner: Improve and smooth overall skin texture with our alcohol-free Re-Texturizing Toner. It’s formulated with maximum strength salicylic acid – the most effective you can buy without a prescription – to clear pores and help prevent future breakouts and also includes glycolic acid to remove dead surface cells and help decongest clogged pores. Use twice daily after cleansing to help keep pores clear and even the look of skin tone and texture for a brighter, more beautiful-looking complexion.
  • Ultra Poreless Instant Skin Smoother: Hide pores and blur imperfections with our Ultra Poreless Instant Skin Smoother. Formulated for blemish prone skin, this oil-frees skin perfector instantly smoothes the look of uneven texture and blemish-induced flaws while absorbing oil and helping to control shine for a soft, matte finish – all without clogging pores or irritating your skin.