Why Is Our T-Zone Always Oily?

Why are we matte on other parts of the face but always oily on the T-Zone?

The T-Zone encompasses our forehead, nose, and chin, and when linked together, the area is shaped like the letter ‘T’. These areas are the primary focal points where our facial features are most prominently projected. Alas, they are also the parts of our skin where a significantly high amount of sebaceous glands can be found.

Sebaceous glands galore

As our forehead, nose, and chin are the highest point of our face, our skin’s instinct is to protect it from the sun and other harmful environmental elements. Oil secretion is our skin’s way of showing affection, which is by secreting more oil to provide a film of lubrication for protection. At the same time because of the unique contours of the forehead, nose, and chin, more oil will gather at the corners and curves such as the ala (or wing) of the nose.

Oil production has everything to do with hormones

Most often, people think that oiliness of the skin is directly linked to personal hygiene or lack thereof. The truth is, however, factors such as genetics, change of weather, sun exposure, diet, lifestyle choices, and hormones contribute to the over-secretion.

Androgens, or the sex hormones, produce oil. Androgens cause sebaceous glands to grow and become more active. Hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, stressful periods, and even when we consume hormone supplements and medications such as birth control pills and acne management pills play a part in the oil production as well.

Covering oily T-Zone with make-up pore fillers is a no-no

Unsuitable skincare products can also aggravate the oily situation. Over cleansing and over exfoliation can cause the skin to over compensate its dryness by secreting more oil. If you think make-up can control the shine or pore size by applying make-up pore fillers, think again. In reality, you are actually prohibiting the proper flow of oil secretion. This will cause the glands to overproduce because your skin’s natural balance is disrupted. Also, you may not be removing what you have filled. The make-up debris, oil, and dirt left in your pores will only make matters worse if they are not properly removed before bedtime.

Pore strips contain the same ingredient as hairspray

Acne, blackheads, and whiteheads occur where skin is the oiliest. Congestion happens when oily pores are not thoroughly and properly cleansed. One of the most common solutions sought by many people is the pores strips. From pore nose strips, chin strips, and now T-Zone strips and charcoal peel-off mask, these highly-raved beauty quick-fixes are actually pretty harsh on your skin!

Some pore packs actually contain Polyquaternium-37, a substance found in your hairspray. Pore strips are a short term solution and are not worth the instant gratification of seeing specks of oil build-up on those strips.

There is nothing wrong with oily skin, as it provides better protection against wrinkle formation, sun exposure, and environmental hazards.

But if your oily T-Zone results in acne formation and deep congestion, we would advise that you address the issue from its source–consult a medical professional for the best advice suitable for your skin type and condition.

 

 

 

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