Oily T-Zone



Combination skin is a special case: it consists of two skin types, in which some areas of the face are rather dry, whilst others tend to have oilier and more blemished skin. We show you what sort of care is ideal for combination skin.

What are the features of combination skin?

Combination skin takes its name from the fact that it consists of two skin types: normal to dry skin and oily, blemished skin.

The skin in the T-zone, which includes the forehead, chin and nose, is oilier than other areas. It shines and tends to develop impurities, as the sebaceous glands in this area of the face are especially active. The cheeks, on the other hand, are normal to dry.

Choose a care product that is specifically tailored to your skin type, in order to promote the restoration of the skin’s own moisture balance.

Will you always have combination skin?

Will you always have combination skin?

Combination skin occurs mainly when we are young. The individual skin areas often gradually adjust to each other throughout your life.


If you have combination skin, the T-zone, the area between the forehead, nose and chin, can quickly become too oily. The cheek area, on the other hand, can often dry out. This can be due to weather changes or from using the same cleansing products on this area as you would use on an oilier t zone. In principle, a moisturising cream that does not contain too much oil is recommended here – this will give both zones what they need.


Balancing act no. 1: cleansing

Your daily skin cleansing poses a particular challenge: the T-zone needs to be gently cleared of oil, to avoid pimples and blackheads, whilst the drier skin areas must not lose any moisture. Daily Essentials Refreshing Cleansing Lotion from NIVEA is ideal for this. It’s important that you do not cleanse your skin more than twice a day – once in the morning and once at night. Otherwise, the sensitive skin areas will dry out even more.

Tip: use a gentle wash gel such as NIVEA Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Wash Gel It will cleanse thoroughly and prevent irritation. Afterwards, tone the sebaceous T-zone in particular with a facial toner like NIVEA’S Daily Essentials Refreshing Face Toner, which maintains the skin’s natural moisture balance.

Balancing act no. 2: care


The problem you need to solve when caring for combination skin is making sure that the areas with oily skin are not made too greasy. And the areas with dry skin need plenty of moisture.

Tip: make sure you use a light day cream with a low oil content and apply it more sparingly to the t-zone. It is essential that the cream has a moisturising effect but is light at the same time. Of course, you can use the same cream for both zones. But make sure you choose a cream which is tailored specifically to your skin type. For the eye area, you should opt for an eye cream specially developed for this sensitive area.


Balancing act no. 3: a reward for the skin

Treat your skin to an exfoliating scrub once or twice a week, such as Daily Essentials 2 in 1 Face Wash & Scrub from NIVEA. A gentle product will prevent skin irritation and avoid feelings of tightness. Concentrate primarily on treating your T-zone, in order to remove excess sebum and reduce the skin’s shine. You can also include a steam bath in your beauty routine if you have an oily t-zone: it will open up the pores and release the oils contained in the skin. Afterwards, always provide your skin with enough moisture.

A moisturising mask allows your skin to breathe

What’s more, soothing masks are really easy to make yourself. A lemon and yoghurt mask has a slight purifying effect and can be applied to the entire face. The yoghurt moisturises the dry skin without making it too oily.

Tips for combination skin

  • Home recipe: soak a cotton pad in a mixture of freshly brewed tea with milk. Then gently rub your face with it. The tannins in the tea soothe inflammation, whilst the milk softens the skin.
  • Regularly book yourself into a beauty salon. Getting your skin cleansed professionally will refine its appearance in the long term.

A moisturising mask allows your skin to breathe


Does your make-up struggle to last a day without having to be reapplied in between? That’s one of the features of combination skin. The T-zone between the forehead, nose and chin quickly starts to become shiny. Find out which make-up is right for combination skin and how to keep your complexion looking radiant for the whole day.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.