Combination skin, oily skin: a similar problem we can help you solve.

The nitty-gritty

Shiny skin, fertile ground for spots

Excess sebum, resulting of stress and pollution

Products developed specifically for combination and oily skin


It is a common misconception that oily skin is a problem restricted to teenagers only. Unfortunately even the classiest of men aren’t immune to this predicament. Its easily recognisable shiny aspect is a fertile ground for blackheads, spots and other impurities. Oily skins require more maintenance and specific products.

Combination skin is a strange mix of oily skin on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin), and dry skin on the cheeks and temples.

What causes excess sebum?

Although there are some urban legends claiming there is a correlation between sebum production and high fat foods such as charcuterie, there is absolutely no proven relation between dry Italian sausages and oily skin. There are other reasons however, particularly external ones.

Pollution is extremely aggressive on the skin. It increases sebum oxidation and induces spots and breakouts.

As is the case for all skin problems, stress is an aggravating factor. Oily skin only gets worse in stressful situations. It’s worth noting that on top of the nice relaxing break holidays provide, sun has a very positive, albeit temporary, effect on oily skin. Careful not to go over the top with beach volley and similar beach activities, excessive sweating only makes things worse.

How to treat oily skin

Les peaux grasses ont plutôt mauvaise réputation. Pourtant, elles sont mieux protégées contre les agressions et mieux hydratées, vieillissant mieux du fait du sébum qu’elles produisent en quantité. Avoir la peau grasse ne vous assure pas de vieillir aussi bien que George Clooney pour autant. Il est essentiel de réguler la production de la séborrhée. Pour cela, quelques étapes simples sont à suivre.

First step: clean your skin to regulate excess sebum production
Pay particular attention to the cleaning of your skin. Use a face cleanser that isn’t too aggressive, as stripping down your skin will induce production of more sebum, in other words the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve. Excessive sebum production can lead to clogged pores, which in turn cause spots. Oily skin is like cashmere, treat it with particular care.

  1. Horace - Purifying cleansing gel


    Purifying cleansing gel


Second step: moisturise to protect your skin and improve your skin tone
Moisturising is also essential, and it would be a mistake to think oily skin doesn’t require it. Left to its own devices, oily skin will end up drying. Make sure to moisturise it with special oily skin cream, such as those from the Ren Skincare Clarimatte range.

  1. Horace - Balancing face moisturiser


    Balancing face moisturiser


Third step: exfoliate to unclog and remove dead skin cells
Once to twice a week, use your usual cleanser with our Konjac and Binchotan sponge. Because oily skin tends to clog up faster, an exfoliating sponge will help remove dead skin cells and other residue that can fill up pores. Freeing your pores is also the best way to reduce the risk of spots.

  1. Horace - Natural exfoliating face puff


    Natural exfoliating face puff


Fourth step: use a mask to unclog pores
We also recommend applying a mask once to twice a month. The mask’s clay is particularly efficient to unclog pores. For the 10 minutes it requires to work its magic, sit back in your silk robe, Harvard Business Review in hand, and enjoy a nice relaxing moment which will also do your skin some good. Unclogged pores are less likely to induce spots and blackheads.

  1. Masque purifiant à l'argile Clarimatte de Ren Skincare

    Ren Skincare

    Invisible pores detox mask


How to care for combination skin?

Combination skin is both oily in certain parts (most often the T-zone), and dry in others. The best course of action is to deal with the oily parts of the face in the same way you would treat oily skin, i.e., soft cleansing, moisturising with combination or oily skin cream, applying a cleansing mask, and exfoliating.

On top of these products, add a toner to balance your skin’s pH
Use a toner on a clean face, and before you moisturise it. The lotion helps the skin regenerate by balancing its pH. With cleaner and mattified skin, your face’s overall texture will be unified.

  1. Lotion clarifiante mentholée "Herbal Mint Toner" Baxter of California
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    Baxter of California

    Herbal mint toner

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When taken care of properly, there’s no reason your skin should bring up memories of your complicated teenage years. This does not mean you have to give up your juvenile sense of humour or your love for Californian punk-rock band NOFX.