The Best Face Moisturizers for Combination Skin According to Dermatologists

July 20, 2020

If your forehead, nose and chin tend to shine like a diamond while your cheeks flake like a pastry, you probably have combination skin. And while multi-masking can be a fun way to tackle disparate patches on your face, attempting to use multiple moisturizers at once is more likely to drive you mad than fix any issues you’re dealing with.

Luckily, evening the differences in oil production across your face isn’t as complicated as you might think. The trick is finding a product that helps regulate your skin’s oil production while also providing ample hydration, rather than tackling just one of those challenges. As Dr. Joshua Zeichner a dermatologist from NYC, puts it, “When choosing a moisturizer for combination skin, stay away from extreme ingredients that may work for one part of the face, but aggravate the other. I usually recommend moisturizers that have a lighter consistency which won’t weigh down oily skin, but are effective enough for dry skin.”

On the bright side, combination skin is actually the most common skin type, which means there are lots and lots of products specifically designed to create a balance for this particular conundrum. So, we talked to Dr. Zeichner and three other dermatologists and skincare experts to find out what are the best moisturizers for combination skin. Here are their picks.

4. VICHY AQUALIA THERMAL MINERAL WATER GEL

BEST FOR THOSE WITH MORE DRY PATCHES THAN OILY

According to Dr. Stacy Chimento, MD , based out of Miami Beach, Florida, this water gel is a great “lightweight option for those on the dryer side of combination skin” thanks to glycerin, which pulls water into the outer layers of your skin. “[The Vichy moisturizer] also contains hyaluronic acid to attract moisture from the environment to leave your skin feeling cooler (a bonus in the summer months) and better moisturized. This will have a ripple effect as this proper hydration helps level oil production and revitalize and minimize pores.”

6. SKINCEUTICALS DAILY MOISTURE

BEST FOR THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO SPLURGE

Dr. Chimento also recommends cult-favorite brand SkinCeuticals. “It’s is a reliable brand, and this lightweight moisturizer is a favorite among patients dealing with aspects of both oily and dry skin. This moisturizer helps stabilize oil production, hydrate, and address enlarged pores while also working to keep the skin smooth without overwhelming it. It’s at a higher price range than brands available at the pharmacy, but it is worth it.”

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