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If you have combination skin, your skin clearly shows:

  • Zones which tend towards being normal or dry
  • Zones which are oily

The difference between these two areas is more or less pronounced.

If combination skin represents the majority of adult skin, you should also know that dry zones tend to spread to the whole of the face with age.

The “T”  Zone

On the face, the skin tends to be oilier on:

  • the nose
  • the forehead
  • the chin

This is the famous “T” zone, named after the shape that these three parts take altogether.

The nose of the skin, the forehead and the chin also have characteristics of oily skin. They are soft and display a shiny appearance, sometimes with imperfections. The texture of the skin is often thick there and the pores are somewhat dilated. The complexion is dull because the excess sebum contains impurities, which stop the light from reflecting off it.

Cheeks and temples

Beyond the “T” zone, that is to say the cheeks and the temples, the skin is rather dry.Since it is lacking of water and does not produce enough sebum, it is often dull. Even though deep down we do not really want to wear this oily substance, when it is produced in normal quantities, it nonetheless has the advantage of reflecting the light.

To the touch, the dry zones in combination skins are rough, tight and sometimes grooved.  They itch and have an uncomfortable sensation which you would do well to avoid.

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