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HELP! I can't control my T-zone, it's gone mad!

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VeryHungryKatypillar Wed 07-Oct-09 20:01:29

Not posted in S&B before, hope this isn't TMI for the stylish amongst you, but I have a horrible T-zone which is quite oil slick like by the end of the day.

I've tried various branded products, latest is Clinique, which I really thought might do it... but it has not done much and has increased the frequency of horrid white-heads (quickly squished) around my nostrils.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what else I might try??

lilysam Thu 08-Oct-09 18:08:11

if this has been a long term-ish problem go to your gp - they might be able to give you something.

i never suffered when i was younger but get bouts of 'adult' acne every now and again. have been given all sorts of lotions etc but antibiotics worked the best. i thought dr would laugh at me but they were very sympathetic.

chachachachacha Thu 08-Oct-09 19:30:49

clinique is rubbish imo - go and get a dermalogica facial and use their recommended products - its made my skin sooo much clearer and less oily.

VeryHungryKatypillar Fri 09-Oct-09 08:22:24

Thanks both. I don't get breakouts with the t-zone... just lots of oil!

And yes, I am coming to that conclusion about clinique too. Not tried dermalogica, so will give that a go.

DuchesstheCat Fri 09-Oct-09 11:57:48

This has been my eureka year for my T-zone and the two things that have made a difference are:-
1. Moisturising my shiny red oily nose - I know it sounds barking. I use Liz Earle which I can't recommend highly enough, at any rate it works for me. They do trial sizes of their products, which makes buying a moisturiser specifically for my nose cost effective. I rub it in to my conk twice a day after cleansing and believe it or not, pores less large, blackheads in retreat, no spots, whole thing seems more balanced. Also, because it is no longer flakey, it is now the perfect texture to take...
2. eureka number two - foundation! I am using Clarins truely matte foundation which I put on with a brush to get the coverage as i want it.

applestrudel Fri 09-Oct-09 14:50:23

Pores No More - a primer recommended to me by a TV make up artist. Expensive, but it gets rid of the oil slick.

Clure Fri 09-Oct-09 17:31:55

this is brilliant!

CybilLiberty Fri 09-Oct-09 17:35:47

How do you cleanse? I have greasy skin but have found cleaning off make up with a flannel has transformed the shininess beyond belief. I do moisturise and use pressed powder. But I think not too harsh cleansing and exfoliation will help.

donttrythisathome Fri 09-Oct-09 18:09:54

Try the oil cleansing method. I've been using this for the last couple of weeks, mixing castor oil with almond oil, and my T-zone is no more!

There are discussions on here about it.

ruddynorah Fri 09-Oct-09 18:12:11

oil cleansing here too! i had a dreadful oil slick of a t zone. but now i'm shine free! easy peasy and cheap as chips. wish i knew about it years ago.

VeryHungryKatypillar Sat 10-Oct-09 10:17:24

Wow! Lots of things to try. Perhaps I have been over-zealous in my cleansing... as well as using lotion followed by toner (No 7, Elemis, Clinique etc... not all at the same time though) I tend to revert back to Clearasil/Biactol as this is the only thing that stops the white heads around base of nostrils.

Now, this oil cleansing thing, I mix the oil together and what, apply it with a cotton wool pad? Just to the affected area? Any toning afterwards?

And I will also try pores no more and liz earle moisturiser.. possibly not all at once (!) but will see what I can find that will work for me.

Thanks all very much.

donttrythisathome Sat 10-Oct-09 10:41:51

Look for the oil cleansing method.

Also type a search in here on MN as there are lot of discussions.

You mix the oil, apply it to your face and neck, massage it in and blot it off with a flannel/muslin cloth soaked in hot water. Only use a tiny bit of castor oil, as it is drying.

donttrythisathome Sat 10-Oct-09 10:42:53

Hope that link works.

donttrythisathome Sat 10-Oct-09 10:44:05

Yes I am a luddite!

ruddynorah Sat 10-Oct-09 17:20:14

i use olive oil and a dash of castor oil which i keep mixed ready in a travel size bottle.

massage a 50p ish size blob of it into my face all over. then get flannel, run it under hot water tap as hot as i can stand and then hold it against my face..steaming it basically..then use flannel as it's cooled a bit to wipe the oil away.

no toning, no moisturising, no exfoliating.

no shiny skin, no dry skin, no spots, no blackheads (never had no blackheads!!).

i do this each morning. at night times i just wipe my face with hot flannel.

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