How to Choose the Right Cleanser for Combination Skin

How to Choose the Right Cleanser for Combination Skin

  • By Srishty Singh

Do you experience an uber-greasy T-zone, forehead, and chin while your cheeks stay relatively dry? If you’re nodding vigorously at the screen right now, chances are that your skin type is combination.

With the characteristics of both dry and oily skin, skincare shopping for the combination type can be a challenge X 2. But this is where we come into the picture. We at Foxtale are helping you hit that sweet spot – with top-notch products for combination skin that cut excess sebum while deeply hydrating the skin.

Since a cleanser can make or break your regime, we start with finding the perfect match for your combination skin. We then segway into an infallible skincare routine that will realize your long-term skincare goals. Before getting started, here’s another look at the characteristics and challenges of the combination skin type.

 What is the combination skin type?

Combination skin displays the characteristics of both oily and dry skin. Here’s how you can identify if you too have combination skin

  • Usually, areas like the T-zone, forehead, and chin appear slick throughout the day.
  • Additionally, the pores in these ‘oily areas’ appear massive and conspicuous due to the overactive sebaceous glands. You may experience infrequent whiteheads, blackheads, bumps or breakouts due to clogged pores.
  • On the contrary, your cheeks feel exceptionally dry.
  • Your cheeks may feel flaky and uncomfortably tight right after cleansing (and before you whip out a moisturizing formula).

How To Pick The Right Cleanser For The Combination Skin Type

Here are some factors you must consider before buying a combination skin cleanser.

1. Oil Control Yet Gentle Formulas

 Since combination skin is characterized by hyperactive sebaceous glands in certain areas (re: T-zone, forehead, and chin), look for oil control formulas. However, many formulas that dislodge surplus sebum from the pores tend to be abrasive to the skin. More often than not, these cleansers dry out the skin and disrupt its pH. 

But we have a solution in store with Foxtale’s acne cleanser. The meticulous yet gentle exfoliating formula is the best cleanser for combination skin. Learn all about it later in this article.

2. Hydrating Prowess: Since combination skin also has dry parts, ensure that your cleanser delivers long-lasting hydration to the skin. Ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerine, Sodium PCA and more bind water molecules to the skin, evading episodes of dark spots or patches.

 Pick Foxtale’s Acne Control Face Wash For Your Combination Skin 

Your search for the best combination skin cleanser ends here. Add Foxtale’s innovative Acne Control Face Wash to your morning and nighttime routine. The formula with Salicylic Acid gently removes dirt, excess sebum, and impurities from the pores without meddling with the skin’s pH. The presence of Hyaluronic Acid in the face wash ensures sustained hydration for the skin and helps offset any inflammation or irritation to the skin.

More Reasons Why The Acne Control Face Wash Is The Perfect Match For Your Combination Skin

    • Prevents clogged pores, tiny bumps and recurrence of acne 
    • Niacinamide helps elevate overall skin health
    • Non-stripping and nourishes the skin

The Perfect Skincare Routine For The Combination Skin 

Here’s a simple skincare routine you can follow for maintaining the combination skin type.

1. Cleanse Gently Twice A Day: Rub the Acne Control Face Wash in upward, circular motions for 30 seconds. Use a light hand to gently scrub the excess oil, grime, and dead cells from the pores. With lukewarm or cold water, go for a second cleanse and pat your skin dry with a soft microfiber towel.

2. Serum For The Skin Woes: To further elevate your skincare, a serum is a must-have. This active-charged concoct travels deep into the skin to target and address a specific concern. For combination skin, we recommend Foxtale’s unique Niacinamide Serum. It blots excess sebum and prevents clogged pores while bestowing the skin with a gorgeous matte finish. Additionally, Niacinamide also bolsters the lipid barrier, preventing TEWL.

3. Moisturize To Cast Away The Oil: The lack of moisturization can cue the sebaceous glands into overdrive mode. So, for combination skin, we recommend Foxtale ‘s Oil Free Moisturizer. The lightweight, non-comedogenic formula provides a big hydration booster to the skin with Hyaluronic Acid, Red, and Blue Algae Extracts. The best part? It keeps oil and acne at bay for a balanced, healthy microbiome!

4. Skin Saviour, SPF: No skincare routine is complete with SPF. A potent sunscreen blocks UVA and UVB radiation to prevent tanning, burns, and photo ageing. For combination skin, we recommend Foxtale’s superlative Glow Sunscreen. Infused with glowing-boosting Vitamins, the formula enhances your skin’s latent radiance while warding off environmental aggressors.

Conclusion: With the right skincare products, caring for combination skin becomes a cakewalk. As we know, combination skin has both dry and oily parts! Look for formulations that buff away the excess sebum and grime while gently hydrating the skin.


1. What type of cleanser is the best for combination skin? 

Ans) Look for a gentle, alcohol-free cleanser that cuts excess sebum from the skin while ensuring deep hydration. Luckily, Foxtale’s Acne Control Face Wash fits the bill exactly.

2. Is Salicylic Acid good for combination skin?

Ans) Yes. Salicylic Acid is an oil-soluble active that cuts sebum without overdrying the skin. It also prevents the formation of tiny bumps, blackheads, and acne for the combination skin type.

3. Can I use Hyaluronic Acid for my combination skin?

Ans) Absolutely! Combination skin has dry parts which demand deep and long-lasting hydration. Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful humectant that attracts water molecules for rejuvenating dry, flaky patches on the skin.

4. Can combination skin experience acne?

Ans) Yes. Due to the overactive sebaceous glands in the T-zone, forehead, and chin – the combination skin type can experience mild and infrequent acne. To stay ahead of this problem, use the Acne Control Face Wash with Salicylic Acid to prevent clogged pores.

5. What should I avoid in skincare for the combination skin type?

Ans) Steer clear of harsh and irritating ingredients (re: alcohol, suflates, and more) that tend to dry out the skin.

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