Best Moisturisers & SPF For Men With Combination Skin
A comprehensive roundup of skin combination types and the best moisturizers to use for each one.
Apr 08, 2022
If combination skin is something that you struggle with on a day-to-day basis, we have plenty of products to help you with all of your skincare needs. These products will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised, and most importantly feeling renewed!
What is Combination Skin?
Do you notice your face being dry, flaky, red, and tight? Or is it oily and shiny with large pores? If you have problems with acne (or all of the above) then you might have combination skin.
Combination skin is something that affects many of us, it can be identified as normal skin which happens to be oily in some areas and dry in others. Whilst it is common to have an oily T-zone (your forehead and nose bridge) and dry cheeks, non-uniform oil production could be a sign of combination skin. It is usually genetically predetermined but it can change with hormonal and seasonal shifts.
No fear though, this is something that can be managed if we look at the causes of combination skin and target with the right products.
What Causes Combination Skin?
Genetics can affect every aspect of our lives, unsurprisingly this includes our skin and the balance of oil production in our faces. This means that some people can be more predisposed to combination skin, for instance, if your father has combination skin then the odds are you will too. Luckily there are things we can do to help. As with most things, hormones can affect combination skin.
Dr. Neal Shultz, a board-certified dermatologist believes that oil secretion is directly related to male hormones and the shifting phases of this hormone result in the body overcompensating by producing too much oil, particularly noticeable on the face.
Something else that can heavily impact combination skin is the environment. Humidity, as expressed by Dr. Michele Ferber, another board-certified dermatologist, will always affect combination skin. High humidity conditions can cause the sweat glands to create more sweat, therefore leaving the skin looking more oily and feeling more moist, whilst low humidity leads to dehydration and increased sensitivity and even irritation on the face.
It should go without saying that harsh products can also harm the skin and cause combination skin effects.
Certain products will strip down the skin’s natural barrier and therefore leave the skin more prone to becoming oily or dry.
The final one and it’s a biggie! Mostly because it is very difficult to avoid on a day to day basis. Stress and anxiety, as well as affecting mental health, can also harm the skin and cause combination skin. Stress and anxiety can work alongside hormones causing combination skin.
Don’t fear though! Because while we know the causes, we also know what we can do to help deal with them. The simplest answer is to moisturise and protect. Keep reading for extra tips as well as our top picks for best-looking skin.
Do not exfoliate frequently. Some might think more exfoliation is better but it could do more harm than good since over-drying the skin can cause irritation and eventually lead to even more complex skin problems.
Use an oil-removing cleanser at night. Sleeping is without a doubt the best time to undertake prolonged processes. When else will we get the chance to simply relax and let our skin do its work?
Moisturising is key. To keep a consistent skin type and heal any damaged skin, it’s vital that the skin stays appropriately moisturised. The careful use of moisturising products could help with combination skin, and create a more regular skin type.
SPF is a must daily. It should surprise no one that the sun can really do a number on our skin. We’re exposed to it every day and it could break down our skin’s natural barrier. So it is absolutely vital to protect our skin, particularly sensitive areas such as our faces. Which, as you guessed correctly, is the area where combination skin can be most noticeable.
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