Heather D. Rogers, MD, founder, and CEO of Doctor Rogers Restore and co-founder of Modern Dermatology, says combination skin is a broad term used to describe skin with areas of the face that behave differently. For example, some areas of the face, like your forehead, nose, and chin, might be oily, but your cheeks and eyelid skin might be drier.
Okay, that makes sense, right? But here’s the kicker: Rogers says, in a way, everyone has combination skin because we all have different oil gland sizes on our faces. “Our most prominent oil glands are located where the skin is thicker, like the forehead, nose, and chin,” she explains. “It’s important to note that oil gland size is unique to each person depending on skin composition. For example, I have dry skin everywhere. But my T-zone is less dry than my eyelid skin and cheeks, where my oil glands are smaller.”