Let’s say you are new to the world of skin care! You’ve only recently understood the importance of skin care and are now looking to buy the best products for your skin type. But as soon as you start looking online, you find yourself overwhelmed by the vast range of products available.

Well, finding the products best for your skin type can be challenging, especially when you’re unaware of your skin type. You cannot possibly find the products ideal for your skin without first knowing your skin's needs. Right? So, knowing your skin type is extremely crucial.

While finding out if you have an oily, dry, or acne-prone skin type might not be as difficult, things are not always this simple. Some people might find their skin oily in some areas and dry in others, as in the case of combination skin type. Determining whether you have a combination skin type can sometimes be difficult. So, in this blog, we will tell you about a few signs of combination skin and recommend a combination skin care routine to keep your skin healthy & glowing.

What is Combination Skin?

When you have oily skin, you will notice patches of oil and shine all over your face. Similarly, when you have dry skin, your skin will seem rough and flaky all over. However, combination skin is partly oily and partly dry.

Here are 5 signs of combination skin:

  1. Oily and dry areas
    Typically, a combination skin type is characterised by an oily T-zone and dry cheeks. If you notice part oily and part dry patches on your face after washing your face, you’re likely to have combination skin.

  2. Acne and dry patches
    If you have a combination skin type, you will notice you have breakouts and dry patches on your face at the same time. You likely have acne on your forehead, chin, and nose, whereas your cheeks and the area around your jawline seem dry.

  3. Enlarged pores on the T-zone
    Enlarged pores in your T-zone are another sign of combination skin. Since the oil glands in your T-zone are the most active, you will notice an overproduction of sebum in that area. Excess oil can clog the pores in your T-zone, resulting in clogged pores on your nose, chin, and forehead. Clogged pores usually appear larger than their normal size.

  4. Oilier skin in summer, drier skin in winter
    We hope by now you know that the oil production in combination skin is non-uniform. But you should also know that with weather changes, the ratio of dry parts to oily parts on the skin also undergoes a change.

    In summer, the increase in the heat and humidity triggers the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive and your T-zone gets even oilier, whereas your cheeks look normal (not dry). On the other hand, in winter, the lack of humidity in the cold air makes your cheeks drier than they usually are. In winter, the T-zone goes from being oily to slightly normal.

  5. Dandruff
    Wondering what dandruff, a hair concern, has to do with your skin type? Well, let’s not forget that the scalp is also a type of skin. While a flaky scalp might not be a strong sign of combination skin, it is often a common occurrence.

Causes of Combination Skin

As for any other skin type, it is mostly genetics and hormonal fluctuations that result in the uneven sebum production that causes combination skin. Environmental factors and temperature changes also cause parts of your skin to become oily and others to become dry.

Affordable Combination Skin Care Routine

There’s no doubt that managing combination skin can be a challenge. But with a little help from us and a little effort from your end, you can treat combination skin and keep it healthy. Here’s an affordable, beginner-friendly step-by-step skin care routine for combination skin, with product recommendations:

  1. Cleanse
    Recommended Product: Grapefruit Face Wash
    Price: ₹110

    Cleansing is the first step of any skin care routine. It helps remove impurities and dirt from the skin’s surface. Aroma Magic Grapefruit Face Wash is an excellent face wash for combination skin. Grapefruit extracts can help regulate oil production in the skin and leave the skin feeling refreshed.

    You can also try our Turmeric Cleanser if you have combination skin. It is a sulphate-free gentle face cleanser that cleanses the skin deeply and also helps soothe skin irritation.

  2. Tone
    Recommended Product: Moringa Skin Toner
    Price: ₹160

    Toning is a crucial step in a skin care routine for combination skin as it can help refine the pores and minimise their appearance on the T-zone. It also helps restore the pH balance of the skin. Our Moringa Skin Toner is the best alcohol-free toner for combination skin. It is formulated with the goodness of moringa oil which helps balance combination skin.

  3. Moisturise
    Recommended Product: Clary Sage Moisturising Lotion

    Price: ₹225

    Irrespective of your skin type, moisturising is a must. It helps fulfill your skin’s hydration requirements and keeps it hydrated. Aroma Magic Clary Sage Moisturising Lotion is the best face moisturiser for combination skin. It is enriched with the oil-balancing goodness of clary sage extracts, aloe vera, and kokum butter. This face moisturiser also has SPF15 and helps level up your sun protection game.

  4. Wear Sunscreen
    Recommended Product: Sunblock Lotion

    Price: ₹225

    The last step in the combination skin routine is sunscreen application. Summer or winter, indoors or outdoors, wearing sunscreen every day is vital for your health. Our Sunblock Lotion is a natural, mineral sunscreen lotion with SPF 30 PA++. It is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that shields the skin against UVA and UVB rays.


Taking care of your skin is mostly simple when your skin is either dry or oily. But it is when your skin has both dry and oily patches at the same time that things start getting complicated for you. But thankfully, there are ways that can help you deal with combination skin, and following a combination skin care routine is one of the most fundamental ones. A daily combination skin routine can help you balance sebum production in your skin and keep skin problems at bay.