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Prescription for Your Skin Type: Combination Skin Type

Everyone’s skin is different and can change over time. To help our patients with ideas about how to care for their own skin, we decided to share protocols that we use on ourselves. There are a lot of products out there so it’s good to know which ones will be most effective for you.

Within the combination skin type there can be great variation. The T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin) can often be oily while other areas are dry or normal. Oily skin results in large pores, blackheads, shiny areas, and even acne. Right next door, the cheeks may be normal. If other parts of your face are dry, you may see a dull, rough complexion, red patches, more lines and wrinkles, or less elasticity. How do you keep the oily area in check without scorching the already dry areas or affecting the vitality of normal skin?

For combination (normal-to-oily) skin, try this routine first thing in the morning and last thing at night before bed.


Start with Obagi Foaming Gel. This soap-free cleanser gently removes oil, dirt, and makeup leaving the skin fresh, clean, and ready for the next steps. Massage the gel around your face with two fingers in a circular motion (and do this with most of the products except in the case of eye cream).


Next, use Obagi Toner. Formulated with alum, a natural astringent, this gentle toner adjusts the skin’s pH. This makes the skin more receptive to the nourishment provided by subsequent products.


Applied to the face and neck, this is where the antioxidants and growth factors in SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum can really go to work. This terrific product diminishes fine lines and age spots while improving the skin’s texture and tone. It strengthens the skin’s ability to restore itself, fights damage from the environment, and tightens the skin.


Also use a vitamin C cream loaded with antioxidants to fight the effects of aging.


For the eye area, gently dab on SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair with one finger. Application technique is important because rubbing the skin around the eyes can stretch and damage it. Formulated with NouriCel-MD, peptides, high concentrations of vitamins A, C, & E, and hyaluronic acid, this product gives this delicate skin a dramatic boost.


If you have oily skin concerns, skip the moisturizer, but never forget to apply EltaMD UV Clear to protect yourself from sun damage. This oil-free sunscreen has a high SPF of 46 and is very lightweight. It’s perfect for skin that’s prone to breakouts due to excessive oil. It also contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid, and lactic acid all of which promote healthy skin.


At night, the only thing to do differently is to add SkinMedica Retinol Complex, which increases cell and collagen production. While you’re sleeping, this amazing antioxidant complex enhances the texture and vibrancy of the skin.

If your skin is more on the oily end of the spectrum, you may want to incorporate peel pads into your regimen. Peel pads help to dry out your skin and reduce acne breakouts. However, if you’re more on the normal side, you may want to forego this step.

You can also extend your self-care protocol to the foods you choose. Staying away from sweets and dairy can help keep you acne-free in your oily zones. Eating a healthy, whole foods diet is always a good choice for any skin type. And don’t forget your beauty rest. That’s when the body repairs itself and gets rid of toxins. All the products in the world can’t replace rest and a healthy lifestyle.

If your skin type differs from this one, please click your skin type for more information: dry, oily, sensitive, normal.

You can also call us for help with your individual skin type questions:

(203) 323-5660

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