Once you have determined your skin type, it becomes so much easier to build a skincare routine. But some people often have a hard time determining their skin type, and in most cases, it’s the combination skin that confuses everyone considering it is a mix of dry and oily skin. Not being able to understand your skin’s different needs on different parts of your face can be quite frustrating, and if you are not able to tell if your skin is oily or dry, chances are your skin is a combination of both, but that’s not enough to be completely sure about it.
As we mentioned earlier, combination skin is a mix of dry and oily skin, hence some parts of the face feel dry as a desert and some areas overproduce oil. This confusing nature of combination skin makes it quite difficult to deal with it properly. If you are not able to tell if you have combination skin, then this article might be of some help to you. We have put together a list of some signs that suggest you have combination skin along with some ways to deal with it effectively.
Identify the shiny areas on your face
One of the easiest ways to tell if you have combination skin is by identifying the shiny areas on your face. If your T-zone starts to appear shiny by mid-day and the rest of the face look dry as a desert, then it is a strong indication that you have combination skin. An effective way to tackle oily T-zone is by washing your face using a gentle cleanser, it will help get rid of excess oil and impurities from your face in a gentle manner without leaving your skin dry.
Take the sunscreen test
Another easy way to tell if you have combination skin is by taking the sunscreen test. The only thing you need to do in this case is to apply sunscreen all over your face and neck. Allow the sunscreen to get absorbed into your skin and after some time, take a look at the mirror and check if any of the areas of your face look shiny or oily to you. For instance, if your nose and T-zone appear greasy but the cheeks look dry or normal, chances are you have combination skin. When it comes to picking sunscreen, you should opt for a non-greasy formula in order to keep your T-zone from looking oily or shiny.
Do acne face mapping
Acne on different parts of the face can tell a lot about the skin type, and when it comes to combination skin, the easiest way to tell if you have such skin type is by checking if you are experiencing acne on your chin, nose, and forehead. If you notice a cluster of acne on these areas, then there are chances that you have combination skin.
Dealing with breakouts and dry patches simultaneously
Different issues are associated with different skin types, and since combination skin is a mix of oily and dry skin, you will experience all the issues associated with these skin types if not cared for your skin the right way. For instance, breakouts on the T-zone and dry patches on the rest of the face can appear at the same, the best way to deal with this issue is by multi-masking. You can use a clay mask for your T-zone and hydrating mask for the rest of your face.
Large pores on the nose
This one is yet another easy way to tell if you have combination skin. Take a close look at the mirror and check if the pores on your nose appear larger than those on your cheeks. If the pores appear larger to you, then you may have combination skin. While you can’t really shrink your pores, you certainly can tighten them and make the skin feel hydrated by using a moist face toner.