Large Pores, Blemishes & Combination Skin Large Pores, Blemishes & Combination Skin


Combination skin is characterized by oily, shiny skin in the T-zone and dry skin around the eyes, cheeks and the neck. Finding the right routine for this skin type can be quite a challenge, because the active ingredients have to be beneficial for both dry and oily skin.

Combination skin is a blend of two completely opposite skin types: dry and oily skin. The T-zone, which includes the forehead, nose and chin will often appear shiny with enlarged pores and can be prone to blemishes and clogged pores. That is because the sebaceous glands produce excess sebum, causing dead skin cells to build up and block pores – which leads to blackheads and pimples.

On the other hand, combination skin is rather dry in the area around the eyes, cheeks and the neck. The skin might also feel tight and look flaky. Especially in winter, when indoor heating makes the air drier than usual, combination skin will often feel dry, while in summer it becomes oily. You might notice how make-up does not last very long and starts to melt off the nose, forehead and chin. It is not completely clear what causes combination skin. It seems likely that hormones play a big role, especially amongst women. They are prone to combination skin when they experience hormonal changes due to puberty, pregnancy, hormonal contraception and menopause, for example.

Caring for combination skin therefore is a challenge. Dry areas need lipids and moisturizing, while for oily areas anything too rich might lead to blemishes and even oilier skin. However, anything too light will not provide the necessary hydration for the dry skin areas. All in all, this makes finding the right skincare products for combination skin a real challenge and balancing act.

COMBINATION SKIN Causes, Symptoms & Common Questions

Tips for combination skin


  • Excess sebum production
  • Hormonal changes due to menopause, contraception, pregnancy
  • Psychological factors, stress
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Unbalanced diet and alcohol


  • Enlarged pores in the T-zone
  • Forehead, nose and chin are oily and prone to blemishes
  • Dry skin around the cheeks, eyes and neck
  • Feeling of tightness, redness & flaky skin around the eyes and cheeks

COMBINATION SKIN Products for Dry & Oily Skin


Your skin requires a routine that meets the needs of both dry and oily skin areas and balances the skin.

The OYSTER line manages to balance dry and oily skin areas. Our skincare collection for combination skin contains an extra portion of oyster and nourishing almond oil to supply the dry skin patches around the eyes, cheeks and the neck with plenty of moisture. It also features an extract of pistacia lentiscus that helps to minimize pores and keep the skin matte and shine-free. Thanks to its unique formula, the OYSTER collection is able to address the varied and complex needs of combination skin, which has characteristics of both dry and oily skin. Your skin will immediately look calm, balanced and refreshed. The OYSTER Skin Balance collection also contains our anti-aging Celumer Marine Extract, which helps to control the first signs of aging and ensures that the skin gets all the vital nutrients it needs.

Find more details about key ingredients and relevant test results here: OYSTER Skin Balance for Combination Skin.

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