Combination skin

Combination skin

"Combination" skin is a common skin type and often the reason for visits to the dermatologist since it is hard to care for…

Doctor's opinion

Questions / Answers
  • Loose powder is perfectly suitable for mattifying this area and it can be reapplied several times if needed during the day. You can also use a mattifying cream or lotion before applying foundation to regulate shine all day long.

  • First, remember that only a dermatologist can tell you whether you need specific products for acneic skin and how to use it.
    In the case of combination skin, specific acne treatment must be used (including medically prescribed treatments) on the T-zone only. We recommend using a dermo-cosmetic product to improve tolerance, facilitate compliance and also to restore skin comfort.

  • People with acne prefer to hide their lesions. Progress in galenics has now made it very easy to conceal lesions using non-oily, non-occlusive textures.  For combination skin, a suitable foundation should be combined with a highly moisturizing cream to prevent skin from drying out.

  • Photoprotective products have always been thought to have thick, consistent textures hardly compatible with the hyperseborrheic areas of the face.
    During hotter periods, the sun causes accelerated sebum secretion in combination skin. The textures of sun products have greatly evolved and are now adapted to different skin types. It's now easy to find products that are both effective and suitable for a particular skin type.

Combination skin

Our skin's features vary according to the different parts of the body. For example, the skin on the eyelids, the palms of the hands and the armpits does not resemble in anatomy or function. If we examine the face alone, we find different characteristics on the skin on our cheeks, forehead and chin.

Combination skin

"Combination" skin is a common skin type and often the reason for visits to the dermatologist since it is hard to care for.
Combination skin is not considered a dermatological concept in itself like dry skin or hyperseborrheic skin. It is characterized by an oily appearance in the center of the face or "T-zone" (forehead, nose and chin) and normal to dry appearance (sometimes even flaky skin) on the rest of the face.

Why combination skin and not dry skin?

We can't change our skin type, but to compensate for certain imbalances, we have to use adapted products.
Nonetheless, skin type can change over long periods of time: skin can change from combination to dry for example, a frequent occurrence after the age of fifty.

So should fighting seborrhea be a priority?

Although combination skin includes hyperseborrheic and even acne-prone areas, this in no way justifies a generalized skin care approach using products made for oily skin. People with this skin type need to care for specific skin reactivity often associated with the dry parts of the face with combination skin. Applying a cosmetic product made for oily skin on dry areas (or inversely, applying products made for dry skin on oily areas) often has negative effects and can cause major skin discomfort.

How should I care for my combination skin?

We recommend the use of products specifically formulated for combination skin in order to:
  • treat the T-zone in the same way as oily skin. The objective is to reduce the skin's shiny, oily appearance with real efficacy for hyperseborrhea combined with a mattifying effect.
  • provide hydration and comfort for tight areas.
Stripping products should never be used since they are too aggressive for the dry areas of the face and stimulate sebum production on the oily parts.
Send by email
  • Personalised skincare advice
  • Special offers & contests
  • Reviews about your favorite products

Everyone’s skin has different needs,
find your perfect Eau Thermale Avène routine.

Start now
  • Product recommandations to solve your skin concerns
  • Access to your favorite products & reviews
  • Record of your purchases to reward your loyalty
Sign up now

Ongoing search

Login required

You must log into your Avène account to save this information.

Login or create an account