Got an oily T-zone? Here's how to handle it

Got an oily T-zone? Here’s how to handle it

Who doesn’t want beautiful skin that’s clear and blemish-free? But if you have an oily T-zone, you may also be familiar with the frustration of snapping a selfie that you then trash thanks to the super high-gloss shine on your nose.


Stupid pores, and stupider oil glands. According to Livestrong, “the skin on the nose contains oils glands, which emit sebum.” Lots of sebum sometimes. To make matters worse, hormones can trigger oil production.

From beauty blogs to glossy magazines, every one of them offers advice that overlaps — some of that advice might leave some of you thinking, “Yeah, yeah, I do wash my face at least twice a day and use water-based moisturizers and pressed powder. By the time I walk out of the door, my nose is a veritable Slip ‘N Slide.”

The basics

Well, yeah, you still have to do all those things. Coping with the T-zone is all about maintenance. Choose a cleanser that won’t dry you out too much, get a water-based moisturizer, pick an oil-free matte foundation if you use makeup and stick with pressed powders. But what else?

Blot til you drop

Health Me Up recommends that you make good use of blotter papers. It may be obvious but it also makes good sense. Of course, it’s all about following through. Buy them, have them with you all the time and don’t forget to actually use them throughout the day. They are effective in dealing with the immediate oil slick that’s formed on your nose and forehead.  

Have an aloe chaser

We were more intrigued with their recommendation to either apply aloe gel to the oily bits or, better yet, apply the gooey bits of an actual aloe plant, leave for 15 minutes and then rinse. It supposedly helps keep the oil in check because it maintains pH balance. Cool, right?  

How about some MoM?

That’s right. Milk of Magnesia is recommended by various sources, including this blog on Jule magazine, as either a mask or a primer to help keep that oil production in check. We think it might be more convenient to use it as a mask and rinse it off, rather than as a primer.

About that primer though

It’s an extra step in your routine, but using a primer before applying foundation is strongly recommended for people with oily T-zones. Makeup Geek offers some good tips on products to try and how to apply it to avoid having a cakey face, as well as this roundup on choosing the best primer for your skin.