My Skincare Routine for Combination Skin

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I am frequently asked by patients what skincare I use to keep my skin in tip top shape and so I've written a post on a routine that I found works well for my combination skin. I am a firm believer in the US Navy's 'KISS principle' (Keep It Simple, Stupid!), and here are the skincare products I use in my daily routine.

At the beginning of the day, I wash my face with lukewarm water and a gentle milky cleanser like the La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Hydrating Cleansing Cream. To moisturise, protect my skin and to also provide a makeup base, I apply La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Tinted Fluid SPF50+ and massage it into my skin.

At the end of the day, I use a micellar water cleanser. At the moment I use L'Oréal Paris Micellar Water for Normal to Dry Skin, but I find the cheaper Garnier works just as well. If my face is feeling particularly dry, I then wash with the milky cleanser above.

To treat my skin overnight, I find it is important to use a topical retinoid like Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10. I use two drops to cover the entire face. For added moisture, I apply La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra. The overnight version works better in cold winter days.

If I develop any new spots, I make sure to apply La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo twice daily to blemishes.

You'll notice that despite my combination skin (oily t-zone and dry cheeks) I use a lot of moisturising products.

It is important to keep your skin sufficiently hydrated to prevent flaky skin and inflammation, and it is also important to also clean your skin with gentle cleansers to avoid the building up of dirt which can clog pores.

A regular topical retinoid such as Vichy's offering above acts to destroy comedones, resolve the precursor micro-comedone lesions, prevent inflammation and allow for maintenance of clearance, preventing the formation of acne. I find that combining this with targeted treatment with salicylic acid (in Effaclar) works very well for my skin.

I hope this post helps. I am in no way affiliated with the companies mentioned above, but through my experience these products do the trick!

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