What is a combination skin?

Combination skin is the most common but also the most difficult one because it is composed of contradictory characteristics. It is made out of an excessive sebum and a lack of hydration: oily T zone (forehead, nose, nostrils, chin), combination skin get dehydrated around the cheek bones and temples. Because it shins in some areas, we confuse it with oily skin and treat it with more abrasives products which stimulates the oily areas and dehydrates the most sensitive ones. The ideal skincare routine for combination skins have to be able to re-balance the different areas of the face while still respecting their particularities.

How to recognize a combination skins


  • This skin contradictory particularities in the way that it makes it challenging to take care of it.
  • It has the characteristics of the oily skin on the T zone (dilated pores, Thick and irregular texture, little pimples and blackheads).
  • Dry and tingling cheeks some times.


Pollution, stress and smoking can aggravate the skin balance, enhance the hyper sensitivity of the sebaceous glands on the T zone, but also because of sweet and fatty industrial food. A bad beauty routine with the wrong treatments can amplify the symptoms of the combination skin. Some birth controls, I.U.D, can be the reason of hormonal changes and so it reflects on the skin.

Beauty routine to adopt

Morning and evening: the right routine

Combination skin requires regulating and hydrating skincare in order to be well balanced. Gently cleaning the T zone, without abrasives products to avoid the production of sebum. The daytime cream has to highly hydrate and re-balance without being oily.

The right masks to apply

After exfoliating gently, apply on a hydrating mask adapted to combination skins. So that cells can be filled with water and regulate the production of sebum at the same time. The most sensitive areas can need a shooting treatment after being exposed to the sun or cold weather. In that case pick an arnica-based mask with vitamin E to relief the sensitive areas and strengthen the skin barrier. Once to twice a week, re-balance your skin with a purifying mask.

Take care of yourself.

Because we are RARE, our skin must keep up with the flow. Because we love never ending evenings, vibrating, dancing, setting up the alarm clock on at the last minute, moving (a lot), and starting all over again. Because we also want a fresh and glowing complexion non-stop. Yes, we want it all, and we’re right. Because we are unique, RARE has developed efficient technical care adapted to each of us’ concerns.

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