When you can’t figure out if your skin is oily or dry, dealing with it can be pretty difficult. Some areas of the face are on a mission to produce as much oil as possible whereas other areas are as dry as the Sahara desert. If this seems like the story of your life, chances are you are dealing with combination skin.

Identifying a combination skin type is the first step towards dealing with this skin type. Think you might have combination skin? Allow us to make it clear for you. Look out for these five signs to confirm. Plus the products you should use to keep your skin healthy.


01. Check where your skin shines

5 signs you have combination skin — and how to care for it

If you wash your face with a gentle cleanser, by mid-day, your skin will either feel dry or oily overall, but if you have combination skin, your t-zone will look shiny whereas the other areas of the face will be dry. To tackle this problem, use a gentle face wash like the Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash. This nourishing, fragrance-free formula gently removes excess oil and impurities without making the skin too dry.


02. Take the sunscreen test

5 signs you have combination skin — and how to care for it

Another way to determine if you have combination skin is by taking the sunscreen test. It’s simple — apply sunscreen all over your face and neck. Wait for some time and then notice, which areas on your skin appear shiny. If the sunscreen gets easily absorbed into the cheeks, but nose and forehead look greasy, then you have combination skin. The Ponds Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 30 is a non-greasy formula that will keep the oil and shine under control.


03. Map your acne

5 signs you have combination skin — and how to care for it

Those with combination skin will get more breakouts on their t-zone than other parts of their face. If you often experience a cluster of acne on your forehead, nose, and chin, you may have a combination skin type.


04. Breakouts and dry patches appear at the same time

5 signs you have combination skin — and how to care for it

Figuring out how to deal with combination skin can be tricky. If you have dry patches on your cheeks and breakouts on other areas, you definitely have combination skin. Multi-masking is a skincare trend you should adopt ASAP! Apply a clay mask like the Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Mineral Clay Mask on your t-zone and the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque on the rest of your face to tackle both problems at once.


05. Pores on your nose are larger

5 signs you have combination skin — and how to care for it

Since the skin on your t-zone is oilier, the pores on the nose will be more prominent than that on your cheeks. While there is no way to shrink your pores, using a toner like the Lakmé 9to5 Moist Matte Mattifying Face Toner will tighten the pores, hydrate your skin and give your t-zone a matte feel instantly.