Normal / Combination Skin
Normal skin has a good oil/water balance. It can fluctuate and sometimes will be a little more dry or oily. The follicles are a normal size and the skin is usually free of blemishes. If you can see the follicle size change from medium to smaller just on the edge of the T-zone by the nose, measuring outward from the center of the face, this is a normal skin type. Maintenance and preventative care is the goal for this type of skin.
Combination skin can be both oily and dry at the same time. The T-zone through the middle of the face on the forehead, nose, and chin is oilier. This area has more sabaceous glands and larger pores. The outer areas of the face can be dry and even appear flaky. From the center of the face, if you can see the pore size change from larger to medium just outside the T-zone on the cheeks next to the nose, this is a combination skin type. Combination skin needs to be balanced and requires more care than normal skin. To care for combination skin, the oil/water balance can be achieved by treating both the oily and dry areas of the face. Deep cleansing and regular exfoliation help to keep skin clear and blemishes minimal. Water-based products for combination skin work best.