Your skin is oily throughout the day and you have en-larged pores all over your face — then you have oily skin.

Oily skin and en-larged pores exist only in your T-zone (the forehead, nose, and chin) — then you have combination skin.

What causes oily/combination skin:

A variety of factors contribute to combination skin, including an overuse of skin care products, genetics, seasonal changes, etc. When it comes to combination skin, the causes and combinations are a little bit different for everyone.


For oily and combination skin types, a gel-based or mild foaming cleanser would be ideal. You should cleanse your skin once or twice daily, keeping in mind not to over-wash. Over-washing your skin too frequently encourages breakouts by allowing bacteria to build up inside your pores, leading to excessive oiliness. Look for a cleanser containing Salicylic Acid. It will help to minimize excess oil production. I also suggest carrying around some blotting papers — these are life-savers if your skin becomes a oil-slick within an hour of washing your face.


Toners are an absolute must for this skin type. They help to remove dirt, handle excess oil, make the skin appear smoother and shrink pores. You want to opt for a oil-absorbing toner. However, if your skin is dry in certain areas, apply toner only along your forehead, nose, and chin, while following up a mild, hydrating toner for the dry areas. Stay away from any toners that contain irritating ingredients, such as alcohol, or any other overly fragranced ingredients.


Another very important step in every skincare routine. Exfoliating will help with removing dead skin cells, excess oil, refine skin texture and make your skin feel baby soft. Opt for exfoilating scrub with fine granules. You should exfoliate once or twice a week.


It’s a common myth that oily/combination skin types don’t need to moisturize. To moisturize, opt for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. You want to stay away from heavy lotions, and creams as these will hydrate the skin. Look for shine control products to combat oil and minimize large pores. If certain areas of your skin are more prone to dryness or flakyness you can also use a richer moisturizer on those areas.

Facial masks

When choosing a face mask, you want to opt for a clay or mud mask. These will help to remove dirt, dead skin cells, minimize pores, unclog pores, and other impurities from the skin. A key ingredient to look out for in a mask would be, Glycolic Acid. It has some amazing benefits for the skin, including improving uneven skin texture, acne, scarring, hyperpigmention, fine lines and wrinkles. You should use a facial mask atleast once or twice a week.

And there you have it! I really hope this post was helpful. If you have any other questions or thoughts, I’d love to hear them in the comments section below! Thanks so much for reading.