5 Facial Acids Everyone With Combination Skin Should Use


Paley Fairman

Ah, the joys of combination skin: Thanks to your genetic gifts, you might be dealing with clogged pores, breakouts, and dryness all at the same time, making treating your skin a bit of a battle. As a combo-skin type myself, trust me when I say that my skin forever changed for the better as soon as I introduced gentle chemical exfoliation into my routine—that is, using products with alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy acids three nights a week.

According to celebrity facialist Renée Rouleau, using skin acids produces a myriad of results from which combo skin types will especially benefit—these include smoother skin, clearer pores, fewer breakouts, increased collagen production, a more even skin tone, and reduced dryness and flakiness. "Exfoliation should be the main focus of a home care program," Rouleau says. 

AHAs and BHAs both produce these benefits: The main difference between them is that AHAs address just the skin's surface (which is particularly good for wrinkles and flaky dry skin), while BHAs work at the surface and within the pore (which is great for breakouts). Due to the challenges combo skin types deal with, using both types of acids at the same time can be a real game changer. 

So what AHAs and BHAs should combo skin types look for, specifically? With Rouleau's help, we listed five, as well as our favorite skincare products that contain them. Keep scrolling to learn more about the five skin acids every combination type should try.

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