That part of your face that consists of the forehead, nose and chin is called the T-zone.
Most of the time, the T-zone is oiler than the rest of the face. It’s for the fact that the area contains lots of sebaceous glands, which are tiny structures in your skin that secrete protective oils.
If you are constantly bugged by your T-zone, most likely your skin is the combination type — it is dry in some areas, while other areas can be oily. A lot of people have this skin type.
Since the T-zone is an entirely different skin type than the rest of the face, it needs different caring approaches.
These days, you can easily get your hands on all sorts of beauty products designed for individuals with combination skin, especially made to put the oiliness of the T-zone under control.
However, many of those products are expensive. Also, some of them do not work!
The good news is you can have your T-zone tamed with the use of items that can be found in most kitchens — you may have easy access to them right this instant!
Using them is best paired with special caring steps that an oily T-zone requires. Sure it requires extra work for you to have your T-zone managed, but it’s something that can be done.
Here are some of the most effective remedies for your T-zone that likes to hog the spotlight:
Once or twice a week, consider having your face exfoliated, paying extra attention to your T-zone.
Excess oils can make your pores susceptible to ending up clogged, giving rise to blackheads and pimples. By exfoliating, your pores can be kept from being plugged with oils and dead skin cells.
However, refrain from exfoliating excessively because it can actually prompt your sebaceous glands to produce more oils in an attempt to salvage your skin from irritation. Exfoliate up to twice a week only.
Avoid Frequent Washing
You may be prompted to wash your face very often to put that oiliness under control. Singling out your T-zone won’t work because it’s something that can cause more oils to be produced.
Instead, you should wash your face no more than twice or thrice a day. In between washings, you may rely on oil blotting sheets to get rid of excess shine. Dusting your T-zone with powder works wonderfully, too!
Of course it will help a lot if you go for a facial wash that’s intended for combination skin.
You might think that there is no need for you to moisturize since your T-zone is already oily.
However, always bear in mind that oil is not water — your T-zone may look oily, but it’s possible for the skin cells in the area to be parched.
After washing your face, don’t forget to apply moisturizer. Opt for one that has a light formulation. Look for something that is non-comedogenic to save your pores from ending up clogged.
Apply Diluted Lemon Juice
There are a couple of reasons why it’s a wonderful idea for you to apply diluted lemon juice on your T-zone. First, it neutralizes excess oils, giving you instant respite from excessive shine. Second, lemon juice also has antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, saving your T-zone from being dotted with pimples.
Before you apply lemon juice, make sure that you dilute it first with equal amounts of water.
Or Count on Cucumber
If you don’t have the time to squeeze a lemon and mix its juice with equal amounts of water, there is a quicker way to put your wild T-zone under control, and that’s with the help of a slice of cucumber.
Cucumber is just like lemon juice, but several times less acidic. This means that you can benefit from its various beauty perks, but without the stinging and irritation.
It’s a wonderful idea to first chill a slice of cucumber to make those large pores on your T-zone shrink.