Taking care of combination skin can be difficult. Image: Ada Summer/The Image Bank/Getty Image Plus

Figuring out the most suitable skincare routine for combination skin can be tough. But don’t worry! Because in this article, we are going to help you learn more about combination skin and how to deal with it.


Does your skin feel dry in some areas and oily in other areas? If yes, then you have combination skin! The T-zone area (forehead, nose and your chin) can be slight to very oily depending on skin type. Meanwhile, it can be dry around your cheeks and jawline.

Combination skin is where you have two or more skin types. It is often characterized as dry, flaking on the cheeks and oily on other parts of your face. Don’t worry! This is the most common skin type in many people, and it is totally normal to be dry in some spots and oily in other areas.


Many causes contribute to combination skin. Here are the causes of combination skin that you should know:

  • Environmental factors (heat and humidity).

  • Harsh/skin aggravating ingredients in skincare products.

  • Hormones.

  • Inherited from parents.

  • Lifestyle habits.

  • Overactive Sebaceous glands.

  • Wrong use of skincare products.


    Here are some what not to do if you have combination skin!

  • Don’t be discouraged!

  • Don’t forget to exfoliate.

  • Don’t get stuck in one routine.

  • Don’t skip moisturizer.

    T-zone area for combination skin. Image: nakedactivities


    If you are struggling with extreme combination skin, you might have experienced problems such as exceptionally oily T-zone and very dry as well as flaky skin on other parts of your face.

    For your information, knowing when and where to layer your skincare products on your face is important. However, when you dealt with extreme combination of skin, layering is unhelpful. For best results:

  • Apply emollient-rich skincare products to dry areas.

  • Add oil-absorbing skincare products if you need them. Rather than massaging it, you should dab on it.

  • Choose a gentle formula cleanser that also works for combination skin.

  • During the daytime, use a moisturizer with sunscreen. Apply a facial oil or rich moisturizer to the dry areas first.

  • You are recommended to use our RehLa Halal Skincare Set. Our products are made using mainly pineapple extract, natural ingredients as well as natural, premium oils. RehLa’s facial cleanser, face oil, moisturizer and sunscreen can help you take care of your combination skin. In this set, we have:

  • RehLa Hydrating Facial Cleanser

  • RehLa Hydra Intense Face Serum

  • RehLa Hydrating and Nourishing Face Oil

  • RehLa Hydra Essential Moisturizer


    When it comes to combination skin, there is also a skincare routine that you must follow (like other skin types). Here’s a helpful guide to assist you on how to take care of your combination skin.

    1. Morning
  • Use a Salicylic Acid facial cleanser to remove any build-up during the night.

  • Choose an alcohol-free toner to balance your skin’s PH levels and remove any oils.

  • Opt for a Hyaluronic Acid serum to hydrate and protect your skin.

  • Choose a water-based, oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer.

  • Choose a lightweight sunscreen with at least SPF30.

  • 2. Night

  • Use a makeup remover/micellar water to remove makeup and help unclog your pores.

  • Wash your face with an oil-removing facial cleanser.

  • Use an alcohol and oil-free toner to take off your makeup.

  • Alternate between an exfoliant (AHA/BHA) and a retinoid (using both can create dryness).

  • Products such as emollient-rich moisturizer (dry areas), serum and treatments work best during the night.

  • 3. Extra:

  • Exfoliate your face once a week to remove dead skin cells.

  • Use makeup products that are lightweight and oil-free formulas (concealer and foundation).

  • Wear a facial mask once a week. Apply different masks to different areas of the face. Try Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acid pads/masks to get rid of excess dirt and oil.


    1. Antioxidants

  • Protect your skin from environmental damage.

  • 2. Emollients

  • Coconut oils and shea butter soften dry skin.

  • 3. Hyaluronic Acid

  • Help hydrate your skin without the greasiness.

  • 4. Salicylic Acid

  • Regulate oil production and unclog your pores.

  • 5. Lactic Acid

  • Gently clears your pores and removed dead skin cells from dry areas.

    Do you have a combination skin? Image: Shutterstock


    By incorporating these lifestyle habits into your daily routine, you will achieve a glowing complexion!

  • Enough rest.

  • Exercise.

  • Go to bed early.

  • Leave your laptop and phone alone!

  • Manage your stress.

  • Meditation.

  • Wear sunscreen.


    There is no one-size-fits solution when it comes to combination skin. Depends on which area is dry naturally and how oily your oily areas are, you need to take care of different parts of your face differently. Keeping things separate according to which area is drier or oilier is important.

    1. Dry areas

  • Avoid chemically created fragrance and chemical irritants skincare products.

  • Choose natural skincare ingredients

  • Emollient moisturizer is only good around dry areas of your skin.

  • Try a heavier, cream-based moisturizer.

  • Use emollient booster, moisturizer and serum over dry areas and around your eyes.

  • 2. Oily areas

  • Matte finish or oil-absorbing ingredients are only good around oily areas of your skin.

  • Use a lighter, water-based moisturizer.

  • Use the most lightweight and effective formulas.


    Watch for these symptoms to know if you have combination skin or not!

  • Acne breakouts and dry patches at the same time.

  • Blackheads and whiteheads.

  • Cheeks are dry.

  • Dandruff.

  • Dry patches.

  • Fall and spring (seasons), T-zone is oily and cheeks is dry.

  • Flaking skin.

  • Enlarged pores.

  • Redness.

  • Roughness/tightness.

  • Shiny skin.

  • Skin is oilier in summer, dry in winter.

  • T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) is oily.

  • When you are on your period, breakouts may happen and this will cause your skin to become oily. But when your period is over, there will be no breakouts and your skin become flaky.

  • Remember the key to treat your combination skin is balance! Don’t forget to follow a suitable combination skincare routine that incorporates good skincare ingredients, follow healthy lifestyle habits and choose products that are suitable for your combination skin. With consistency and patience, you’ll achieve healthy skin!