Combined skin is characterized by the fact that the forehead, nose and chin often become shiny during the day and tend to impurities.

In reality, everyone’s skin is “combined” if you look at the definition completely square. We have a much greater tendency to produce more skin fat in the t-zone (forehead, nose, chin) than on the cheeks and under the eyes. A combination skin can be tricky to deal with because it is a “mix” of several skin types at once.

Often a combined skin will have tendencies to clogging the skin (ie pimples and blackheads), which especially appear in the forehead, at the nose and around the mouth and chin area.

Combination skin is thought to be one of the most common skin types. Watch for these symptoms and signs to determine whether or not you’re dealing with combined skin:

  • The appearance of larger pores: If you have oily patches, you may have noticed the pores in these areas look larger. As the sebaceous glands under the skin produce excess sebum (the oily substance that makes your skin look shiny), your pores can become blocked by dead skin cells, causing sebum to build up and enlarge your pores.

You’ve likely encountered plenty of “miracle” remedies designed to make your pores smaller—this remedy doesn’t truly exist. Nothing has been proven to actually reduce the size of your pores, but you can make them look smaller by keeping your pores clear with regular cleansing.

  • Shiny skin: Those with combination skin experience shine on at least one portion of their face. For most, this shine is most prevalent in the T-Zone, and occurs because of excess oil production.
  • Blackheads and whiteheads: When oil becomes trapped in your pores, it mixes with dead skin cells and other debris, causing a plug. When this plug is open to the air, it causes a blackhead; when it’s closed, it results in the formation of a whitehead.
  • You have dandruff: Dandruff isn’t always an indicator of skin type, but many women with combination skin deal with dry, flaky patches on their scalp.
  • You deal with dry patches and acne breakouts at the same time: If you have deal with dry patches and acne breakouts simultaneously, you’re likely dealing with combination skin.
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