This type of skin is very common, especially when seasonal changes in
temperature may increase dry or oily patches. When dryness occurs, it's
typically on the cheeks or around the eyes, while oiliness usually
strikes in the ""T-zone,"" an area formed by the forehead, nose, and
Caring for combination skin is simpler than it might seem. Start
by choosing a cleanser that's strong enough to remove dirt, oil, and
makeup, but not so harsh that it leaves the skin feeling dry or tight.
Wash your face twice a day using cool or lukewarm water. To treat oily
areas, use a mild astringent (ah-STRIHN-juhnt) or a topical acne
solution like salicylic (sal-uh-SILL-ihk) acid. Apply an oil-free
moisturizer on dry spots and an oil-free sunscreen all over the face.
You may find that you need to adjust your routine during the winter by
using more moisturizer or fewer drying products. In the summer, the
opposite may be true; skin may respond better to lighter moisturizers
or the use of toners between face washes.