Do You Have Combination Skin? Here’s How to Manage It, According to Derms
Combination skin is one tricky beast to tame. I, like many others, am plagued with this skincare conundrum. And what’s even harder than the symptoms of combination skin—dry patches combined with oily zones—is figuring out how in the world you’re supposed to manage it. I mean, you can’t just smear acne cream all over your face because that would only aggravate the dry patches. And you can’t slather on a thick moisturizing balm all over because that would break you out. What gives?
If it makes you feel any better, your annoyingly capricious skin is not alone. According to dermatologists, how to manage combination skin is one of the most common questions they’re asked. In order to shed some light—and balance—on the situation, we turned to Tiffany Jow Libby, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, and Ranella Hirsch, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Cambridge, Mass.