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Combination skin is dry and oily, which presents quite a few challenges when you're trying to pick a facial product. You can't use products designed for oily skin because they will be much too harsh for dry skin, and you can't use products for dry skin because they will contribute to acne in the oily areas of your skin. You can get healthy, blemish-free skin by using natural remedies that lack the harsh irritants of most store-bought, acne-fighting face products.
What to Look for in Natural Products
Your face products should be gentle and free of skin irritants like alcohol, fragrance and citrus oils -- ingredients found in most store-bought toners. In your kitchen, you likely have various gentle cleansers and astringents that can help kick skin problems without exposing yourself to chemicals. Items like diluted vinegar and fresh mint can sooth and repair skin. A natural toner will help fix overactive pores and kick dryness, while an exfoliant will remove dead skin and the dirt that clogs pores.
Vinegar is a great astringent, but it's pretty acidic. To reap the benefits of vinegar on your combination skin, a diluted formula won't damage sensitive dry areas but will help oily areas with large pores. To make this solution, you'll need 2 tablespoons of apple-cider vinegar, 1 1/4 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of freshly chopped mint. Put the vinegar and mint in a screw-top jar and let them soak together for a week. After a week, strain the liquid and mix it with water. Now you've got a gentle astringent that's great for daily use.
A gentle exfoliant is a must have for women with combination skin because it helps remove dead skin from your dry areas and lift dirt from clogged pores in your oily areas. Brown sugar is a natural antioxidant and a gentle exfoliant. To make a natural exfoliant, mix 1/2 cup of brown sugar with 1/2 cup of almond or avocado oil, add any soothing ingredients like a few drops of aloe vera or vitamin C, and use the mixture once a week.
For daily washing, you want a cleanser that is extra gentle and won't contribute to your skin problems. Yogurt contains alpha hydroxy acid, which helps lift dead skin and exfoliate, but it's also moisturizing. It's like a one-two punch for women with combination skin. To cleanse your face with yogurt, use a quarter-sized amount and apply it as you would soap. Choose plain yogurt with no sugar added -- sugary yogurt could do more damage than good.