For those of us with oily or combination skin, you probably have grown frustrated with your T-zone, the invisible line that forms a “T” down your forehead, nose and chin. It’s where many of us struggle with acne and shine (read: oil). It is common to have excess oil, acne, blackheads, and other skin conditions in this area, especially for those with combination skin. The good news: You can diminish some of this acne and oiliness with the proper steps in your skin care routine.
For some, they are oily in their T-zone, but no where else. If that’s you, you might need to use separate products on your T-zone than you would on the other areas of your face. You don’t want your cheeks, for example, to dry up while simultaneously clearing your forehead from blackheads and acne. To figure out how to manage the oil on your T-zone, we did the work for you.
Without fail, wash your face every single day
Regardless of what kind of skin concerns you have, you must—and should—wash your face every day. This is especially true if you have an oily T-zone. Make sure to wash your face at least two times a day to keep excess oil from building up on your skin. Washing your face regularly will also ensure that you are removing the impurities that build up on your skin throughout the day. This is the most important and vital part of any skin care route—minimalist or not.
Throw it back to blotting sheets
Although it was popular in all the ’90s movies, blotting sheets are still beneficial for oily skin. They help by getting rid of excess shine throughout the day and is the perfect discreet way of doing so in public. Their portable size and packaging also make it great for on-the-go people and travelers.
Invest in a good sunscreen
We will never stop singing the praises of sunscreen. If you have excess oil on your skin, you will need a good sunscreen to further protect your skin from the harmful elements of UV light.
Go wild with jojoba oil
Yes, to combat oily skin, you can apply an oil. As long as it’s something moisturizing, like jojoba oil (also great for your hair). Basically, if skin is well moisturized, it will work hard to produce the right amount of oil versus less or more.
Opt for a clay mask
You can use a clay face mask once a week. Make sure it is formulated for acne or oily skin, so it can pull all the impurities out of your pores.
Purchase pore strips
You can also go to your local drugstore and purchase pore strips, especially if you have blackheads. Just keep in mind that pore strips are only a temporary fix for blackheads. For more long term results, follow the above daily steps.