What to Look for When Shopping for Skincare Products for Combination Skin

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If you have combination skin, it may seem like a balancing act (since you have both oily and dry spots on your face). The oily t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) is a telltale sign, but positioning the correct skincare regime for your specific skin type can be an overwhelming task.

For starters, getting to know your ingredients is key. Certain active ingredients are specially designed for combination skin and can help regulate sebum production, provide hydration and even out texture.

The trick is to take the time to understand what personally works best for you and your particular composition in order to optimize results when looking for relief from those pesky patches of dryness or occasional greasy areas.

Adding the right skincare products formulated specifically for combination skin into your daily routine will lead you towards more radiant and glowing complexion!

Essential Oils  

Essential oils like lavender and rosemary aren’t just for relaxation; they pump up your skin routine!

Combination skin types can benefit from these natural oils because they help to regulate oil levels and get rid of any irritation. 

Not to mention they have antibacterial properties that help make breakouts a thing of the past. That’s why you don’t want to forget to look for essential oils the next time you browse moisturizers.

You’ll happily discover their healing ability without any harsh chemicals or harsh smells getting in the way. Go one step further than your everyday moisturizer with essential oil blends and enjoy all their benefits!


Humectants and combination skin go hand in hand, perfect partners in crime!

When buying skincare products and looking to give your skin some extra TLC, make sure to search for these hydrating ingredients—they’ll saddle right up next to the natural oils of your complexion to draw even more H2O into plump and revitalized fun.

Who knew that compounds like hyaluronic acid or glycerin could revamp your daily regimen, smoothing away those old wrinkles while keeping  a healthy hydration level?

So why not add them to the mix?

Get rid of your old face mask and try something new—say hello to amazing humectants!

Hyaluronic Acid  

Hyaluronic Acid is an ingenious skincare ingredient with multiple skin types in mind. Not only does it shield your skin from dehydration, but it doesn’t add any slippery, greasy sheen for that far too luxurious look.

The best part about this magical compound is its ability to be compatible with every zone of our face–from the forehead, to the chin area–it ensures comfort and much needed nourishment where it matters.

With rich hydrating capabilities, Hyaluronic Acid will make all aspects of your complexion, both oily and dry regions alike, feel softer than you ever imagined.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid is an exfoliant perfect for keeping oily areas of your face in check. It works by breaking down dead skin cells and unclogging pores, which can be incredibly helpful if you’re struggling with blackheads, or if you easily get acne around certain areas.

Salicylic acid can help keep the oil under control, but it also maintains essential moisture levels so that other, non oily parts of your face stay healthy too. In sum this makes it a dream ingredient when tackling problematic skincare concerns!

It’s also great at reducing inflammation and redness caused by breakouts. Just be sure to avoid products containing too much salicylic acid as this can irritate combination skin types further.

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid can be a great ally when it comes to reducing the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and other signs of premature aging.

It actually works on two levels – if you’re looking to clear out oiliness, simply applying glycolic acid to your face can help regulate sebum production and keep you balanced.

Beyond that glycolic acid works steadily over time to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from your face’s surface, promoting healthy cellular turnover in the process. By creating room for new skin cells to occupy their realm, complexion glory abounds! 

Glycolic acid sounds like something of a miracle when you really break it down — your skin is brighter, smoother, and visibly ageless with steady use.

Oil-Free Moisturizers 

It may feel futile to moisturize if your t-zone is anything but parched, right? Well, it’s important to keep all parts of your face hydrated no matter what kind of skin type you have.

That being said, there are lots of oil free moisturizers out there that won’t annoy those pesky oil glands or add additional shine to your forehead and chin.

Ceramides and peptides are great options for combination skin folks in particular — they are both lightweight and pleasant to your pores, so you don’t have to do the additional juggling factor between oily and dry. 

Look for them next time — and poof! Goodbye oily t zones…for good.


It’s important to be mindful of your choice in cleansers. Harsh detergents, astringents, and other cleansers that strip away natural oils can cause dryness in areas that need hydration. Instead, look for ones with ingredients like charming glycerin and soothing aloe vera extract.

These don’t take away the necessary oils while still providing the deep clean you need! Glycerin helps keep moisture trapped into the skin without compromising its benefits, while aloe vera soothes any minor irritations that might occur before they get out of hand. 

Finally, when it comes to moisturizing after you cleanse, pick something gentle but effective as well.


Exfoliating is an essential step in any skincare regimen – especially when it comes to combination skin. This type of skin requires extra caution when deciding what method of exfoliation to use, so looking into using ingredients like lactic acid or glycolic acid can be a great idea!

They’re both AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) that work to slough off dead skin cells without overly drying or irritating the fickle combo skin type.

Lactic and glycolic acid are especially noteworthy for their ability to clear away excess oils from oily areas and moisturize dry zones; so double bonus! 


When shopping for skincare products tailored to combination skin, there are key ingredients to look out for.

Essential oils, hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid and glycolic acid can help calm your combination skin while addressing any visible unwanted effects like blemishes or signs of aging with gentleness and effectiveness.

Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid, ceramides and squalene provide just the right amount of hydration that won’t be too heavy on combination skin. opt for a gentle cleanser with moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin and aloe vera extract when washing your face. 

During exfoliating make sure to use lactic or glycolic acids as they exfoliate without being harsh on your skin.

With the right products, you’ll be able to customize perfectly tailored skincare regimen for your combination skin type and enjoy healthier-looking and better-feeling complexion in no time!

About author

Selma Durmo M. Pharm

“As far as I can remember I have always struggled with sensitive skin. The issues culminated in my mid-twenties when I started having rosacea flares and redness. My personal quest for effective, safe solutions took a professional turn, and I was given the opportunity to apply my (Pharma) background in developing a new skin friendly product line. My goal was to create something new, a clinically proven sustainable skincare brand. This science backed probiotic skincare derived technology is a product of years of research and innovation in personal care products. Metabiotics contain naturally produced hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, SMase, lipoteichoic acid, over 40 peptides and enzymes. All assigned with specific tasks for activating the skins native repair mechanisms.” 

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Following the principles of Clean Beauty, we have joined the dedicated stream of safe, non-toxic beauty enthusiasts.

Our products contain carefully selected hypoallergenic ingredients suitable for sensitive and reactive skin.

We’re committed to formulating with natural, organically-derived, and skin-friendly synthetics while excluding popular “good feeling” and potentially harmful compounds to provide the best skincare solutions.

“It is easy to get hooked on conventional products, with inviting perfumes and the instantly pleasant skin feeling. The sooner you understand that those sensations are short-lived the better! Choose Clean Beauty and allow the science backed ingredients time to work wonders on your skin.”

Cinically proven

Our products’ superiority has been proven in a controlled study on 50 volunteers where it was shown that four-week product use leads to a significant increase in skin moisture levels (39%), increased skin elasticity (50%), and a decrease in the appearance of wrinkles (23%).

Other beneficial effects include decrease in skin sensitivity, increase in skin cleanliness, evenness of the skin tone, decrease in acne formation.

This study serves as proof of the skin’s gradual return of its protective layer, integrity, and balance. All study results have been published in a peer reviewed journal as well as the full study report.

“Putting all science aside, we are most proud of our users’ testimonials. All tested volunteers claimed visible and tangible improvement in skin feel and appearance.”


The greatest breakthrough discovery we stumbled upon is that skincare and cosmetics should not be sensational.

Personal care should be comprehensive, accessible, and efficient, just as all solutions that come from nature are.

We are often faced with labels such as anti aging skin care, organic skin care, natural skincare products, which lack the necessary explanation… What do these phrases actually mean?

“Grown tired of all the misleading, incomprehensive, irrelevant information used in the beauty industry we decided to stick to a no-nonsense approach. It is what it is, and skin care is not magic! It requires commitment, patience and understanding your skins’ needs.”


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Today’s trends in skincare require the use of synthetic active ingredients which interact with the skin. Our approach is to distinguish natural alternatives, which mimic the skins native repair mechanism and are more efficient and ecologically sound.

Translating solutions from nature into industrial settings is hardly an easy task, but it’s one we enjoy undertaking.

We have screened 500+ different wild probiotic strains from the nature, to find the most powerful ones.

Special fermentation process was developed to harvest powerful molecules (HA, LTA, SMase, LA and 40 peptides).

Result is the composition of native signal components and molecules that keep the skin balanced, healthy and protected.