If you have oily or combination skin, chances are you have problems with the T-zone of your face. This area often has excess oil, acne, and blackheads, especially for people with acne-prone skin.
Luckily, you can get your face back in shape and fade acne, excess oil, and blackheads that can be bothersome. Just follow the appropriate steps in your skin care routine. Remember that some people may have an oily t-zone and dry cheeks; this is called combination skin. If this is the case for your skin, be sure to use separate products for your T-zone and your cheeks. You don’t want to dry out your cheeks while clearing acne and blackheads from your T-zone! Keep reading to find out how to take care of your T-zone and get rid of excess oil.
1 – Wash your face frequently and regularly.
If you have an oily T-zone — or any other skin type for that matter — make sure cleansing is part of your daily routine. Wash your face regularly, at least twice a day. This will help prevent excess oil from building up on your skin, as well as removing impurities that build up throughout the day.
2 – Use the right cleanser.
If you have excess oil, you should use a cleanser specifically designed for oily skin in that area. While an oil-free cleanser is a good option, it is recommended to use a foam or gel cleanser and avoid cleansing creams.
3 – Try powdered sunscreen.
You can also combat shine with a powder sunscreen, rather than using a liquid or spray formula. It is effective because it contains zinc, which eliminates excess sebum without signaling the skin to reproduce more.
Some powders aren’t thick enough to fully protect your skin, so it may be helpful to use sunscreen lotion underneath. And be sure to apply the powder all over your face, not just the t-zone.
4 – Keep a tonic lotion handy.
If your T-zone is very oily, but your cheeks are dry, use a toner to treat your T-zone. Toners are designed to rid your face of impurities. Toners are designed to remove excess oil and soothe your skin, and you can decide exactly where to apply it. If only your cheeks are oily, use a gentle cleanser all over your face, then apply an anti-acne toner or a toner formulated for oily skin to your T-zone. You can use a toner that contains anti-acne ingredients like salicylic acid to clear up your acne.
5 – Use a clay mask.
Use a face mask formulated for acne or oily skin once a week. Clay is a great way to draw out impurities from pores. A clay mask is perfect for an oily T-zone because everyone has larger pores in that area that tend to get clogged easily. Pulling out these impurities can help prevent breakouts in your t-zone.
6 – Get some pore strips.
Pore strips are a great way to clear your pores, especially if you have blackheads. Be sure to use a toner after removing the tape so you don’t leave any residue behind. That said, be sure to use pore cleansing strips with caution, as they can pull on your skin and damage it instead of helping it get rid of blackheads. Remember that pore cleansing strips are only a temporary solution for blackheads.
7 – Use blotting paper.
Blotting sheets are an easy way to instantly get rid of excess shine. You can use blotting paper to remove excess oil throughout the day. These discreet tissues are perfect to slip into your purse or backpack to freshen up your face when needed. If you’re out of ideas, you can even use tissues or toilet paper to soak up excess oil on your t-zone.