Tips for Combination Skin


Late afternoon: your forehead, nose and chin look embarrassingly shiny and your pores are about the size of craters of the moon. No matter how much powder you apply, the shine just reappears with a vengeance. What’s even more intriguing is that the rest of your face looks perfectly fine: no shine, no enlarged pores, just smooth, balanced skin. Or maybe there’s some dryness on the sides of your cheeks? Either way, you are experiencing a bad case of COMBINATION SKIN.

You know you have combination skin when your T-zone is oily most of the times while the rest of your face stays normal or dry. The imaginary ”T “of the T-zone is formed by your forehead, nose with the surrounding area, plus your chin. This skin type in particular is always a challenge in skincare – products for oily skin will work on your T-zone but present the risk of over-drying the rest of your face, while hydrating products for dry skin will cause even more trouble on the oily parts while balancing the rest.

This is where products specifically formulated for combination skin are needed. Products for combination skin reduce oil production without stripping skin of its moisture while balancing and hydrating the rest of the face.

To balance your oily and dry areas effectively, give your skin some extra TLC.

Here are a few tips for combination skin:

Exfoliate regularly

– Exfoliation will remove the layer of dead skin cells that can lead to acne breakouts because of too much oil. If your sides are dry, then your skin’s cell turnover is slowed down and exfoliation will help improve this condition. Fruit enzymes, AHAs and BHAs are all effective exfoliators for combination skin.


– Probably not what you wished, especially for your T-Zone! But maintaining optimal hydration will help your skin produce lessmoisture oil and balance out the entire face. Special moisturizers for combination skin are water-based, oil-free, and include antioxidants and plant extracts that combat oil production. Such plants can be Queen of the Meadow, Myrtle, Witch Hazel, Cinnamon, Argania, etc.

Shrink the pores

– Often your pores in the T-zone appear enlarged. To minimize them and give your skin a smooth, even look, it helps to have some occasional steam bath for your face. Always use a gentle cleanser formulated for combination skin and use a toner that will help shrink those pores in an instant. Toners are designed to help balance your skin’s pH after cleansing and they are formulated with gentle astringents and botanicals that calm the skin.


Wash your face regularly

– It doesn’t get easier that using a special cleanser for combination skin. Morning and evening, wash your face to remove dirt and impurities and balance skin effectively. Cleansers for combination skin are gentle and don’t dry out your skin. Never go to bed with makeup on – it can cause more irritation and lead to imbalance.

Drink water

– Maintaining optimal internal hydration is essential for beautiful, balanced skin. It’s not just about the water intake, but also about other healthy fluids that count as “water”: natural juices, soups, herbal tea and milk.

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New products focus – Blackhead & Pore Clearing Duo

Sure, there are lots of products on the market that claim to clear your pores. And sure, we have tried most of them. But that’s pretty much all they do. Murad takes pore management one step further with Blackhead and Pore Clearing Duo —a two-step treatment to get your pores unclogged and keep them clear. The first step is an extracting mask that effectively unclogs and draws impurities from the skin. The second step is a pore sealant that helps prevent the formation of future blackheads.



  • Blackheads
  • Enlarged or Clogged Pores
  • T-zone Shine

Everyone has experienced the condition of clogged pores in their lifetime. Blackhead and Pore Clearing Duo has become a top 20 selling Murad product in Sephora U.S. Customers are becoming increasingly focused on the issue of pore size as their skin ages, so Blackhead and Pore Clearing Duo is an excellent upsell to any skincare regimen.

Use 2-3 times per week as needed. Blackhead Remover: Apply generously to areas prone to blackheads, leave on for up to 10 minutes. Add warm water and gently massage into skin to exfoliate. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Follow with Pore refining Sealer.
Pore Refining Sealer: immediately following use of Blackhead remover, apply a thin layer to entire face. To help prevent future blackheads, apply a second layer 12 hours after initial treatment. Follow with a Murad Step 3 moisturizer after each application.






  • Volcanic Mineral Clay and Shikakai Extract detoxify, drawing out dirt, cellular debris and excess oil, to purify pores and help prevent clogging
  • Oxidation reversal Complex prevents sebum oxidation and helps to reverse oxidation that has already occurred
  • Pomegranate Seed Oil helps protect cells from damaging free radicals and tightens enlarged pores


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How to Treat Your T-Zone

All of us have skin types that can be put into different categories. The right kind of acne treatment regimen means knowing whether you have oily, dry, sensitive, normal, or combination skin. Most of us have combination skin, meaning trying to find the right kind of acne treatment regimen can be a hassle. Why is that? Well, it all comes down to the T-zone, where most of the oil on the face is made, which can make treating combination skin tricky. After all, your face is the first thing people see, so it has to look good! But knowing what the T-zone is and what skin care products to use to treat it can make all the difference.


What is the T-Zone?

Underneath the skin on your face are glands that produce sebum (oil) naturally. If you draw a “T” on your face that includes your forehead, nose, upper lip, and chin, you’re highlighting areas where excess oil is made by your glands. Notice that these areas tend to get more acne than other areas on your face? That is your T-zone. People with oily and combination skin are already familiar with the excess oil and the acne it causes. That’s why it’s key to find your own unique acne treatment regimen to keep your skin looking fresh.

Acne Treatment for Your T-Zone

What makes finding the right acne treatment for the T-zone difficult is treating the areas where acne is happening. Too much and your entire face will dry out, which makes it just as easy for acne to appear as it does on oily skin. A great cleanser like Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser contains Encapsulated Salicylic Acid that treats acne even after you cleanse, as well as Green Tea Extract and Menthol that calm irritated skin. Murad Clarifying Toner eliminates excess oil and contains Witch Hazel to tighten pores without drying them out. The Acne Complex Booster Kit includes a Clarifying Mask that uses rare earth clays designed to draw out and absorb impurities from the skin so your face will look glowing and clear.


Hydrate from the Inside Out

While using an effective acne treatment plan will keep your skin looking clear and fresh, making sure you are staying healthy is also key to great skin. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water (no matter the time of year!) as well as “eating” your water with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Cut down on bad foods, as well sugary drinks like sodas and sport drinks, and your skin will see a big difference! Hydrated skin will mean less breakouts down the line.

While the T-zone is a major target for breakouts, it can still be treatable with the right kind of acne treatment plan. The right combination of hydration inside and out will show the world a fresh, clear face.
T-zone Pore Refining Serum

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