How to Treat Combination Skin with Skin Experts in Kansas City | AesthetiCare

Knowing your skin type is essential to properly taking care of your skin. This is especially true for those of us with combination skin types that fall somewhere between the traditional categories of oily and dry.

At AesthetiCare, we have experience in identifying and treating skin types all along the spectrum, and can help you use skin typing to better care for yourself. To learn more about how to treat combination skin, let’s dive into the two skin types that make up combination skin: dry and oily.

Dry skin: all the details

Dry skin represents one end of the skin type spectrum that can vary from mild flaking and cracking, to more severe itching, redness, and irritation. A mild example is the way that your lips peel and crack when they feel chapped.

For most people, dry skin is more common during certain times of year when the weather is colder or the air is dryer. Dryness is also more common on larger, flat areas of the face like the cheeks or chin; people with combination skin often experience dryness here and oily-ness in other areas.

You can treat your combination skin better by learning everything you need to know about keeping dry skin hydrated, plump, and bright!

What causes dry skin?

Sometimes dry skin can be caused by other skin conditions like:

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However, it’s more likely that your dry skin is not a serious condition. It’s most commonly a result of the products you use and the conditions of your environment. Sometimes the easiest thing you can do is take a peek in your bathroom cabinet! 

Your skin may be dry as a result of over-exfoliation or using cleansers and moisturizers with irritating ingredients like alcohol and added fragrances. Even helpful ingredients like retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid–commonly used to treat acne–can be harsh on dry skin that really just needs a moisture boost

How to treat dry skin

Making sure you’re using the right products is the best way to supplement your skin health for any skin type. For dry skin, it’s all about hydration. Give your skin the moisture it craves by using high-quality, medical-grade products specifically formulated for combating dryness. Go for moisturizing cleansers or cleansing oils to soothe and rehydrate your skin. And if you’re really dry, we recommend adding a serum to your skincare routine.

Did you know that frequently exposing your skin to hot water may also be drying it out? If you’re prone to dry skin, you might also want to avoid taking long, hot showers   Instead, try using lukewarm water to cleanse your face outside of the shower.

The best aesthetic treatments for dry skin

Sometimes dry skin just needs a little extra love   These are some of our favorite options for treating dry skin with aesthetics:

Hydrafacial + Optional Treatment Boosters

The Hydrafacial is the perfect rejuvenating treatment for dry skin types! The Hydrafacial treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating, and immediately effective. A Hydrafacial is the perfect way to combine exfoliating and moisturizing, two of our favorite non-irritating methods to rehydrate the skin.

man receiving a hydrafacial to treat dry skin

If you’re struggling with dry skin as a result of another skin condition, one of our HydraFacial boosters may be the perfect solution to take your results to the next level.

ZO Rozatrol®:

Relieves redness & evens out complexion. 

SENTE® Dermal Repair: 

Improves texture & skin hydration. 

ZO Brightalive: 

Brightens and evens out complexion. 


Peptides for anti-aging.

LED Therapy

One of the best parts about LED Therapy is that it comes with different protocols that your aesthetician can customize to your unique skin needs. Through various wavelength and color options, you can gain the most out of this non-invasive treatment for your skin type. 

LED therapy can treat dryness specifically by targeting the cellular functions of your skin that promote healing with wavelengths of light energy distributed directly to the skin. 

A closer look at oily skin

Oily skin represents the other end of the skin type spectrum. While dry skin may be a more seasonal or conditional experience, oily skin is more often genetic and more likely to stick around through the year. Oily skin is also thicker, which is why you might notice larger pores and more build-up.

It’s important to know the best way to care for the oily areas of your face when learning how to treat combination skin. Keep reading to break free from common misconceptions and achieve a healthy glow

What makes your skin look and feel oily?

Oily skin is caused by a build-up of oil, or sebum, on the surface of the skin. Your sebaceous glands are in charge of this production, and while a healthy amount of oil on the skin or hair is natural, sometimes we need to keep it in check. 

Excess oil production is most common in the T-zone (across the forehead and down the nose and chin). Because of this, oily skin usually appears shiny, affects the longevity of your makeup, and makes you more prone to issues like acne breakouts and clogged pores.

While dry skin is sometimes a result of other factors that need treatments of their own, oily skin is most often simply genetic. But don’t fear! We have all the tips and tricks to teach you how to treat oily skin both at home and in our office

How to take care of your oily skin

One of the biggest misconceptions about oily skin is that you don’t need to moisturize since you naturally produce more oil. But don’t be fooled! Hydrating your skin is important to every skin type, including oily skin You should still moisturize your oily skin to help balance out its hydration levels. Using hydrating products with ingredients like hyaluronic or glycolic acid can also help to prevent acne breakouts and excess oil buildup that causes them. 

For oily skin types, it’s important to cleanse your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser to keep oil production in check. For extreme oil, you might even consider a method called the double cleanse. Think of it like lather, rinse, repeat, but for your skin! 

Use aesthetics to combat oily skin

Aesthetic treatments like facials and peels can produce stunning results for oily skin types by removing excess oil and treating the effects of oil buildup.

Chemical peel

Chemical peels are a great restorative and rejuvenating treatment to give the skin a fresh start. Most chemical peels target skin imperfections like fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and acne. However, they are also a perfect way to refresh the skin by removing dead cells and buildup in your pores caused by excess oil, revealing a more youthful and vibrant you!

woman receiving a chemical peel to treat oily skin

P.S. HydraFacials are great for oily skin too!

How to treat combination skin

The best way to treat combination skin is not to skip steps when it comes to your skincare routine. You need to make sure you treat both the oily and dry areas of your skin, so treat yourself to the best skincare habits ‍♀️


To treat combination skin, you want to use a gentle cleanser that cares for your dry skin while fighting off oil in other areas. Finding a cleanser that you love may take some trial and error, but some great ingredients to get your wishlist going are ceramides and hyaluronic acid.


We recommend that you exfoliate to remove oil and skin cell buildup at least once a week. Chemical exfoliants are much more gentle and effective, making them better suited to treat combination skin. Look for exfoliants with ingredients like retinols, glycolic, and salicylic acid.


Too many cleansers can leave your skin feeling tight and uncomfortable after use–a telltale sign of dryness. One of the pillars of good skin care is keeping your skin hydrated by following up cleansing and exfoliating with a good moisturizer

To treat combination skin, avoid thick, heavy creams. A gentle, thinner moisturizing product will leave your skin feeling plump and hydrated without overwhelming the oilier areas of your face.


No matter where you fall on the skin type spectrum, SPF should be your BFF ‍♀️  The sun can cause long-term damage, even without prolonged sun exposure, so give your combination skin the protection it needs to stay healthy and glowing for years to come with daily SPF.

How to treat combination skin with aesthetics

Trans4mation Medical Facial

The Trans4mation facial is a multi-step anti-aging facial designed for ultimate exfoliation and skin rejuvenation. It focuses on exfoliation AND hydration using a layered approach to target the skin’s needs. You get the best of both worlds–resurfacing and moisturizing–making the Trans4mation Medical Facial a perfect way to treat combination skin.

The facial works by following these steps:

Custom facials

We love a customized facial because it’s tailored to your skin. Wherever you fall on the skin type spectrum, our skin experts can create personalized facial treatments for clients with all kinds of skin concerns. 

A custom facial could include many different techniques, or a combination of them, making them the perfect option for how to treat combination skin! Techniques may include:

  • Cleansing
  • Steaming
  • Physical or chemical exfoliation
  • Extractions
  • Masks
  • Enzyme peels
  • Vitamin C

Learn how to treat combination skin with the best tips and treatments from Kansas City skin experts at AesthetiCare!

If you’re looking to learn more about how to treat combination skin in Kansas City, we’ve got you covered   We have customizable treatments for all skin tones and types to fit your budget, time for healing, and skin goals.

For an in-depth free consultation, visit our Leawood or Liberty location! Book online or by phone at (913) 320-0878 (Leawood) or (816) 323-6280 (Liberty) or use our instant consultation tool online. We can’t wait to meet you and help you find the best treatments for your unique skin!


What our clients are saying

Krissy is thorough and easy to talk to. She is confident in her skills and put me at ease.

Jessica is always keeping me up to date on new and exciting treatments. Although I have done multiple Intracel treatments in the past, this time she encouraged me to add on PRP. I highly recommend. Healing time was so fast!

Jessica did a great job always checking with me on how I was feeling. She was always concerned about how I was doing and doing the best job she could!

Jennifer explained everything in details and was very diligent in making sure that the procedure and follow up went well

I was given the proper guidance and steps to take to make my skin better. I truly love the honesty, care, and time taken to help find solutions to make my skin better. The before and after pictures truly show a difference on how well the procedure works. And I’m still noticing differences as my skin continues to heal.

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