ROKer question answered: How to best care for combination skin?

ROKer Aileen, asked: “I have mixed skin, with an oily T-zone, what can I do about it? Should I use two different creams? The SPF 50 from Elizabeth Arden is very greasy and makes my T-zone super shiny.”

Dearest Aileen, thank you for this great question! I think a lot of people would be interested in hearing an answer to this! The majority of people with combination skin have a T-zone that is oily, and cheeks that are dry or dehydrated. Many people deal with occasional breakouts and larger than normal pores, especially on the nose. If you find that certain areas of your skin are dry, yet others are on the oily side, you probably fall into the combination skin type.

The causes of combination skin, boils down to what most things boil down to, namely genetics. If yours is not rooted in inheritance, the use of incorrect makeup or skincare products might cause an imbalance in the oil production of your skin.

Combination skin is a tricky skin condition to care for, especially when it comes to sun care. Many of us grew up dreading the white oily shine that followed after sunscreen application, and traditionally breakouts due to sunscreens is a well known phenomenon. Today there a number of great non-shine-inducing options on the market. I'll mention a  great one further down the post.

Combination skin needs gentle oil control and generous moisture at the same time. A good cleanser set out to clean the skin gently, and a non-comdeogenic (pore-clogging) moisturizer, as well as a lightweight sunscreen are recommended. Often, combination skin is wrongly assessed as oily skin, and harshly managed, which eventually leads to the problem getting worse.

First things first, an oily T-zone is best combated by avoiding products that'll aggravate it, so have a look out for creams and ointments which are oil based, and opt for lotions, gels, and water-based moisturizers and sunscreens instead.

Regular exfoliation of the skin, especially the dryer areas are recommended weekly to keep flaking and roughness at bay. A great chemical exfoliant is glycolic acid ( I know, I know I sound like a broken record, but chemical exfoliants are a major skin asset, combination skin or not! There’s always a reason for the repetition).

A good cleanser for combination skin is the Skin Ceuticals Simply Clean Pore Refining Gel Cleanser (For Combination/ Oily Skin) 240ml/8oz, with free delivery from strawberrynet. Skin Ceuticals Simply Clean Pore Refining Gel Cleanser (For Combination/ Oily Skin) 240ml/8ozThis skin-refining gel cleanser combines exfoliating 1% hydroxy acid  with botanical extracts to gently remove impurities, excess oils, and makeup. It contains botanical extracts of chamomile, comfrey, and aloe to help soothe and heal the skin, said to also decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Investing in the clarisonic facial brush might also be a good idea, as it has been shown to reduce oily areas and breakouts as well as dry patches, the Mia Clarisonic Pink with free delivery from lookfantastic, £122.

When it comes to an am moisturizer, opt for a sunscreen developed for oilier skin tones, and add a moisturizing serum underneath. I have heard great things about the Skin Ceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel Moisture Enhancing Gel 30ml/1oz. Skin Ceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel Moisture Enhancing Gel 30ml/1oz A number of dermatologists recommend and use this in treatment of combination as well as acne prone skin types, as it delivers both protection and moisture for thirsty skin. Vitamin B5 is known to help with tissue repair and the Hydrating B5 Gel replenishes nutrients the skin needs to feel smooth and appear younger. This moisture-enhancing gel contains hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator, to bind moisture to the skin.

A great sun-care product for mixed skin is the Anthelios ultralight tinted sunscreen fluid for face spf 50, which offers protection and an even complexion.La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Fluid SPF 50+


For night, I've said it before, and I'll (have to) say it again, you can't do much better than a retinol night cream, (read about why I keep coming back to it here) when it comes to caring for you skin, and  Skin Ceuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream 30ml/1oz (I see a pattern here..) retinol 0.5% is a great product for those of you new to the retinol game.

Skin Ceuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream 30ml/1ozI hope you're happy with this answer dearest Aileen! Let me know how it works out for you!