The focal point
What is commonly referred to as the T-zone actually implies the horizontal area on the forehead and the vertical midline section covering the top of the nose as well as the chin. This zone is extremely rich in sebaceous or oil glands. For most people, this zone is shiny due to the secretion of sebum from the oil glands. People who have acne prone skin will also experience frequent white and black heads, open pores and lot of active acne in this zone. Those with combination skin type can feel oiliness in the T-zone even while the rest of the face is dry. Proper skincare and attention to details can help decrease the shiny appearance and also bring down the incidence of active acne and their sequelae (secondary consequence or result of a pathological condition) in this area. • First and foremost comes proper cleansing, which should be followed twice a day. Mostly the cleansers prescribed to treat an oily T-zone are mild, and in cases of active acne, salicylic acid-based cleansers are routinely recommended. • After cleaning and drying the face, toning with an alcohol free toner should be regularly practised. Proper and habitual toning closes the pores and decreases the chances of their permanent enlargement. • A gel based sunscreen not only forms a protective coating, but it also helps in acne management and decreases the appearance of acne marks. • Dermatologists usually prefer prescribing a night cream or gel containing a vitamin A derivative, such as tretinoin or adapalene, to decrease the appearance of oiliness, white or black heads and acne. • A tea tree oil or clay mask can be used at home once a week to address this problem. However, if you are experiencing frequent acne eruptions in this zone, you should consult a dermatologist for a proper acne management.
An oily T-zone is often the bone of contention for women with near-perfect skin. We narrow down on this problem area and get our expert to help you out with it.