How To Prevent Oily, Shiny T-Zone Skin
Oily T-Zone Skin: The Pros and Cons
Oily skin tends to look greasy, dirty, and unattractive. Oily skin produces excess sebum (the oily substance secreted by the skin's sebaceous glands), keeping the skin lubricated around the clock.
The good news is that this type of skin ages at a slower rate than other skin types. Not too bad, right? The same oil that we hate so much actually protects our skin almost like a good cream. The result is fewer fine lines and wrinkles in the future.
But let's get back to the present: How can you reduce the oil production? Controlling oily and shiny skin on your face's T-zone (that's the forehead and down along the nose) is not easy. Anyone who has it knows what I'm talking about.
Nowadays there are great products on the market that really can absorb the excess oil, reduce the appearance of open pores throughout the day, and help oily skin look matte.
My Five Steps for Managing Oily Skin
I have experimented with various techniques and products to manage my oily T-zone skin. What I have learned is that there really are some tricks to maintaining a cleaner, more matte appearance. Follow my five steps (below) and find out for yourself.
1. Clean Daily
Cleanse your face daily and never more than twice a day. Use a gentle cleanser that is designed for oily skin. Just because your skin produces too much oil doesn't mean it will respond to harsh treatment! Avoid alcohol-based cleansers.
That's right. Your oily skin still needs to be moisturized. Even though the skin in your T-zone is creating its own lubrication, the rest of your facial skin is not. Moisturizing is crucial if you have combination skin (dry or normal cheeks and skin around the eyes). Use water-based moisturizers. (For more on finding the best moisturizer for oily skin, read this article.)
3. Diagnose Pimples or Acne
Pimples require special care. Acne requires different treatment. Be sure to diagnose which you have (if any!).
While individual pimples respond to isolated topical treatments to dry the skin, acne tends to appear as a persistent rash. Acne treatments may include medication taken internally.
4. Use Light Makeup
No sense putting more gunky oil on your face. Use makeup that is oil-free and will not clog your pores. There are good foundations available for oily skin that will control shine and keep your skin matte.
5. Use Products Containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha hydroxy acids penetrate the skin easily, promoting exfoliation and a smoother skin appearance. Many people like to use products with these acids because they can help manage wrinkles. I have found, however, that alpha hydroxy acids also help minimize large pores and control oil.
My Favorite Alpha Hydroxy Product
By promoting exfoliation, the acids unclog the skin's pores and remove dead cells. This helps prevent blackheads. I have found these products to be excellent for clearing up my skin and controlling sebum production.
My cheeks and chin are so dry. When I put on Alpha Hydrox, it burned so bad. My skin started to get red. But it was just temporary. Now, my skin is so smooth. It evened out my skin tone. My cheeks and chin get enough moisture and my T-zone gets the moisture it needs without over-doing it. I only use Alpha Hydrox at night. It hydrates my skin when I'm sleeping and relaxing.— Customer Review
A Great Peel for Oily Skin
We know how important it is to keep oily skin clean. The trick is finding products that are effective, but gentle. This peel helps clear and reduce pore size. The down side is the cost, but I found it to be so effective on oily skin that I think it's worth every penny.
This is a little pricey, but well worth it! I have been reading about this peel for a while and am very glad I finally bought it. I have noticed a difference in my complexion after using four times (twice a week). My skin is clear and not too dry or too oily. It is easy to use and smells like oranges. Very nice!— Customer Review
Makeup and Foundation for Oily T-Zone Skin
Caring for your skin is the best way to achieve a healthy, shine-free complexion. If you still find that you want to wear makeup, choose one that is suitable for your skin type.
Always choose oil-free foundations. These are lighter and will not clog your pores. Clean your face well (but gently!) and apply an oil-free face gel or cream before the foundation. Gels are best because they are water-based and lighter.
For best results, dab powder on your T-zone after applying foundation. I recommend the lightest shades or translucent loose powder, no matter your complexion color. This way the powder will always be invisible.
Professional tip: Use a blush brush to apply powder. This way the powder will spread evenly and create a fresh, matte look.