If you have combination skin, you probably have an oily T-Zone -- forehead, nose and chin -- combined with dry cheeks and jawline. While others may suffer from just one skin issue, you might be susceptible to mild acne, enlarged pores, dullness and dryness all at once, requiring you to target different parts of your skin with different treatments. Homemade face masks can be excellent ways to address combination skin, as they're made of natural, mild ingredients that often have multiple benefits for all areas of your face.
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Natural enzymes in fruits make them excellent exfoliants; they're usually gentle enough to use on all parts of your face -- oily or dry. Try rubbing fruits like pineapple or papaya directly on your skin, or apply a mask made of a blend of crushed pineapple and yogurt for brighter, glowing skin. For slightly stronger exfoliation, use a grainier fruit like strawberries mixed with yogurt on your T-zone, as well as anywhere your skin is flaky.
Fight Oil With Oil
Drying up your skin only propels it to produce more oil. While it may seem counterintuitive at first, applying certain natural oils to your face can actually help to balance overactive oil glands by deep-cleaning your skin. Apply a thin layer pure olive oil, lemon oil, or pureed avocado to your T-Zone, then wash off with warm water to leave your face feeling fresh. Because natural oils can also moisturize, they're ideal for applying to the dry parts of your face as well.
Honey can be an excellent deep moisturizer for dry skin, and it also has antibiotic properties that can treat oily, acne-prone skin. Apply a mixture of two parts honey to one part lemon juice to any areas of the face that require hydration or healing. The lemon will also help to tighten your skin and reduce pore size. Rinse off with warm water.
Try a combination of ingredients to attack acne blemishes, whether in your T-zone or out. Mix a cup of prepared oatmeal with a teaspoon each of olive oil, honey and lemon juice to form a mask that exfoliates, moisturizes and treats all at once. For extra acne-fighting power, try adding a crushed egg white; to keep your skin smooth and balanced, add apple-cider vinegar.