What is Combination Skin?

People who have combination skin have both oily skin in some areas and dry skin in other areas. This can make it extremely difficult to find a skincare routine and skincare products that work well for your skin, without leaving it greasy or dry.  Typically those who have combination skin experience oiliness on their t-zone area which is the forehead, nose and chin, whilst the other areas of their skin are dry or normal.

When you have combination skin you need to make sure that your skin is hydrated despite the different skin types. Using a gentle water-based cleanser daily on your face can help your skin, followed by a moisturiser which isn’t too oily or dry. 

Since our skin is the largest organ we need to be drinking enough water (preferably filtered water). Drinking the recommended daily amount of water helps our body get rid of the toxins within the body. It also hydrates the skin, leaving it glowing and youthful.

The cause of combination skin is not always known but genetics may have something to do with it. The important thing to remember is to avoid using soap or products containing soap as this can be drying to the skin which can result in your skin producing too much oil. Once you find the right skincare product the areas of your skin should improve.

Can you have combination skin and eczema?

Yes, you can. Combination skin can affect eczema as you’re trying to find a skincare regime that will be able to treat two different skin types as well as eczema. This can be very difficult and could take some time to find something that works best for you. Whenever you are trying new products it’s advisable to do a skin patch test for at least 24 hours on the affected area, to see if you have a reaction. In the past, I’ve been so eager to try a new product without doing a skin patch test and I’ve ended up having a skin reaction.  


Look for a skincare range which is gentle and doesn’t have any harsh ingredients.  Something that won’t leave your skin dry or too oily, that won’t clog your pores and will also lock in moisture to the skin. It’s best to avoid all products that contain sulfates, silicones and parabens as these are known irritants and drying to the skin. 

Icylda Skincare is a range that is gentle, moisturising and can combat dryness along with bringing relief to eczema.

Written and posted by Amanda Roberts, the CEO of Icylda Skincare on 1st September 2020.

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