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Skin care isn't a one-size-fits-all deal. If you read the labels of cleansers, toners and moisturizers, you'll notice skin-care products are formulated for four different types of skin: dry, oily, normal and combination. Combination skin is just what it sounds like -- a combination of dry and oily skin. Knowing your skin type is the first step to getting -- and keeping! -- radiant, youthful skin.
Diagnosing Combination Skin
Not sure what type of skin you have? Check for oil in your T-zone -- your nose, forehead and chin -- by blotting your skin with a tissue in the afternoon. An oily or breakout-prone T-zone plus some dry skin on your cheeks or around your mouth indicate combination skin.
Skin Care for Combination Skin
If you have combination skin, you're fighting two battles -- managing oil in your T-zone and fighting dryness on the rest of your face. For best results, choose products formulated specifically for combination skin. Wash your face with a cleanser each morning and evening, then use toner on your oily T-zone and moisturize your drier areas.
Fighting T-Zone Acne
Combination skin, like oily skin, is prone to breakouts, especially in your T-zone. If you get zits or blackheads regularly, try using an over-the-counter cleanser containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide on your T-zone. Make sure your moisturizer and makeup is labeled non-comedogenic, too. If your pimple problem persists, talk to your doctor -- there are lots of effective prescription meds for acne.
Getting Gorgeous Skin
Some skin care rules are true for all skin types -- for example, avoiding sun exposure and wearing sunscreen while outside is the best way to avoid wrinkles and fine lines (not to mention skin cancer). If you have combination skin, look for an oil-free sunscreen designed for faces to avoid clogging the pores in your T-zone. And don't even think about that cigarette -- smoking speeds up aging and gives you wrinkles.