Combination Skin | T-Zone Area
There are 5 types of skin: dry, oily, sensitive, normal and combination. You can easily understand your skin type by washing your face and leaving it for one hour to observe and determine the changes in the appearance of your skin.
It is easy to treat or act upon your skin if you know that it is completely oily or completely dry or absolutely normal (trust me, you’re the luckiest if you have normal skin) but, it is the most difficult to treat combination skin as it is a mixture of all skin types. If you have combination skin, you will notice more oil on your forehead, nose, and chin as compared to cheeks and other parts on the face. It is also known as the T-Zone area.
WHAT IS THIS T ZONE AREA?
The T – Zone is referred to as part of the face which comprises forehead, nose, chin, and area circling the mouth. It is named T-Zone because it shaped like the letter T. Due to the presence of the higher amount of oil glands; it is the area of the face which is comparatively oilier than rest of face. Oily skin not only gives greasy appearance but is also more prone to acne and pimples. In many individuals, where cheeks look either normal or dry and T-Zone is oily, this is called combination skin. To know more about facial zones read here
Combination skin can be due to various reasons which may include –
Hormonal imbalance, menopause, stress levels, pregnancy, menopause are some of the factors that stimulate the activity of sebaceous glands in T zone area.
Changes in weather
Weather change is an important factor for causing combination skin. For instance, during summer humidity causes the skin to sweat and stimulate oil production which further results in pimple and acne. Whereas cold weather makes the skin dry out and causes flakes.
Incorrect skin-care products
Not using the right skin care products can create a concern of combination skin. Use of harsh chemical ingredients causes potential damage to the skin.
This is related to the biological parent skin type.
Let us have a look at some of the ways by which we can deal with combination skin:
HOW TO MANAGE T-ZONE AREA
Makeup causes the clogged pores and accelerates the sebum production. Thereby, it is important to remove makeup before going to bed especially on forehead, nose, and chin.
Mild and Gentle Cleanser
Never use soaps to wash your face as they can make your skin dry, causing irritation and other skin problems. You can use honey and milk as natural cleansers which will not change the pH balance of your skin. Use a gentle facial cleanser twice a day focusing on the T-zone area so that your cheeks do not over dry.
Application of toner helps to balance the pH of skin which in turn prevents the skin from extra dry and oily. Toners help to tighten the pores and avoid entering the debris and impurities entering into the skin. In addition, they offer hydration to the skin which gives the skin a smooth and flawless appearance.
The biggest challenge with combination skin is to moisturize deeply without clogging the pores. You can use two different types of moisturizers for different areas and you can also take supplements like fish oil, flaxseed oil, walnuts, and salmon, etc.
Use Fragrance-Free Products
You must prefer to use fragrance-free products as much as possible because they will contain only natural ingredients which will not be harmful to your skin. Dry, dull, or flaky skin can react to the fragrance products as they are more prone to irritation.
Do Not Touch
Avoid touching your face as much as possible as your hands contain a lot of germs and dirt most of which are invisible. These impurities can clog your pores and make your skin sensitive and prone to acne.
7. Blotting Sheets Will Help
Since you have oily skin in certain parts of your face, you should keep blotting sheets handy in order to remove the excess oils and shine from your face and without ruining your makeup. Also, it is very easy to carry in your handbags so you don’t have to worry much.
Exercise and Stay Stress-Free
No matter how busy your schedule is throughout the day, it is very important to stay stress-free as stress can make both, dry and oily skin over-reactive. You should try to meditate, do yoga, listen to music. Exercising is also very important for removing the impurities from the skin.
Application of sunscreen is very important for the protection of your skin from the Sun. A broad spectrum sunscreen with minimum SPF 30 is good to use. You must limit your time under the sun as the Sun can be responsible for causing premature fine lines, dark spots, and even wrinkles.
Hydrate your skin
Drinking plenty of water not only helps to resolve the problem of an oily T-zone, but it also maintains overall skin health. Additionally, having adequate water helps to flush out toxins from the body.
Caring For Dry And Oily Skin
Exfoliating once or twice a week, depending upon the sensitivity of your skin and using a face mask to calm down your combination skin are also good steps for keeping your skin in control. You must also take care of the skin around your eyes by using tea bags regularly in order to avoid the half-moons under your eyes.