How to deal with an oily t-zone: 5 tips that actually work

Written by Sanya HamdaniJul 03, 2020

Girls with oily or combination skin know that the struggles of dealing with an oily t-zone are far too real. Your forehead, nose and chin produce excess sebum leading to clogged pores, blackheads, acne and shine. Wearing makeup is also a struggle since you have to make sure it doesn’t melt and end up looking like a mess. Plus, you constantly have to use blotting sheets to keep that excess shine at bay… sigh!

But not any more, girls! ‘Cause we’re about to put an end to your oily t-zone woes with these five amazing tips. Scroll down to find out what they are and fix that oily t-zone once and for all!

01. Double cleanse your face

The double cleansing method is a blessing for every girl with an oily or combination skin type. As the name suggests, it involves a two-step cleansing process; the first step involves using micellar water such as the Pond's Vitamin Micellar Water D-Toxx Charcoal to melt makeup and get rid of dirt, oil and other impurities from the surface of the skin. This allows your cleanser (second-step) to get rid of deep-set dirt with ease. Picking an oil-free cleanser such as the Ponds Oil Control Face Wash will keep excess sebum production in check.

02. Use an oil-free moisturiser

No, don’t skip using a moisturiser; instead, use one that won’t make your t-zone oilier. A gel-based, oil-free formula like the Ponds Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser With Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E is perfect for those with an oily or combination skin type. It won’t make your skin look shiny or greasy and is also perfect to wear under makeup.

03. Try multi-masking

There’s nothing that controls excess oil and sebum like clay masks, but if you have combination skin, stick to multi-masking. What is that, you ask? It simply means applying a clay mask like the Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Mineral Clay Mask on your t-zone and any a nourishing face mask like the St. Ives Revitalizing Acai Blueberry & Chia Seed Oil Sheet Mask to tackle the dry patches on the rest of your face.

04. Don’t skip the primer

While cleansing, moisturising and masking will help deal with an oily t-zone, it is also imperative that you use makeup products to keep the excess shine and grease in check. If you haven’t already, invest in a mattifying primer like the Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer; it prevents the natural oils of your face from ruining your makeup and fills in the pores to give your makeup a smooth canvas to glide on.

05. Use a matte foundation

Using a matte liquid foundation, like the Lakmé 9to5 Primer + Matte Perfect Cover Foundation, is a total no-brainer. It gives your skin a matte finish and ensures that it doesn’t look shiny halfway through the day.