Combination Skin

Learn all about combination skin here - what causes combination skin, what care does your combination skin need and which of our products are best for you?


The variety of your skin

With combination skin the feeling of having two faces often occurs. In some places the skin tends to be dry, in other places it is oily or pimples can be seen. In fact, combination skin actually comprises two different skin types. That is, in most cases, a combination of oily and normal skin or oily skin and dry skin. This makes facial care for combination skin not necessarily easy, but also not impossible.

Characteristics of combination skin

Typical for combination skin is that the area of the T-zone, i.e. the forehead, nose and chin area is prone to increased sebum production and thus to oily patches and impurities. The cheek area, on the other hand, tends to have normal or dry skin. In winter, combination skin tends to be dry and in summer it tends to be excessively shiny. Other typical features for combination skin are enlarged pores and feelings of tension.

Your skin will continue to change

Our skin is constantly changing. Thus, our skin appearance is dominated by combination skin, especially during puberty and the years thereafter. As we get older, this skin type often disappears and the skin becomes normal or tends to be drier. So if you have combination skin, you can expect it to go away.

What causes impurities?

Pimples or blackheads develop in the sebaceous glands which secrete the sebum with its greasy substance. The production of sebum is actually very important. It is brought to the surface of the skin and rests there like a protective film. This prevents bacteria from penetrating and protects the skin from moisture loss.

In combination skin, the sebaceous glands secrete more sebum than they should in appropriate places. If your hormones are out of balance, this can stimulate sebum production. Usually, this happens in conjunction with the proliferation of horny cells. The horny layer is the top layer of your skin and the horny cells also provide protection. If too many of them are produced, they clog your sebaceous glands. The sebum can no longer flow away and remains under the skin. As the sebum continues to flow, it multiplies and blackheads develop. The bacteria responsible for pimples feeds on the sebum and causes painful inflammation - also called pimples.

What care does combination skin need?

If you have combination skin, caring for it is usually a bit more complex. Ideally, the individual parts should be cared for according to their need. If the T-zone is oily, you should use a cleanser and care that frees it from excess oil. The remaining parts of the skin then need moisture above all. However, modern natural cosmetics today manage to combine these needs in a single care or cleansing product. So you don't need many different products. 

Your skin needs moisture

You should, however, be careful not to nourish the oily areas with creams that are too rich. On the other hand, dry areas on the cheeks need moisture. If you work with too light or drying care here, your skin will lose even more moisture.

With the right natural cosmetics face care for combination skin, this can generally not happen to you. In addition, it is a fallacy that drying substances are good for blemished skin. Your skin then receives the signal to produce more sebum, i.e. oil. This is exactly counterproductive for blemished or combination skin. The best care for combination skin is therefore a blend of moisturizing and cleansing active ingredients.

Your T-zone needs special care

If your combination skin is very distinct, however, it can make sense to treat the skin areas differently. For example, you can treat your T-zone with special clarifying products and cleanse and care for the rest of your skin with moisturizing active ingredients. Sometimes it's good to just experiment with a few things here and see how your skin reacts best.

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