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The T-Zone

Definition: The T-Zone

People have different skin types that can be divided into five categories: oily skin, dry skin, normal skin, sensitive skin and combination skin, which is the most common. Having combination skin means that your face most likely has an oily zone that includes your forehead, nose, and chin, while the rest of your skin has normal to dry patches.

If you were to draw a line through these areas, it would look like the letter "T" — hence, the commonly used beauty term, the T-Zone. The T-Zone is oilier than the rest of your face because it has a higher percentage of oil glands. These areas tend to break out more often and have a higher tendency toward blackheads, whiteheads, irritation, sunburn, and redness.

Caring for your T-Zone is easy: Just remember to keep your hands away from your face, and use a toner or astringent in addition to your cleanser to help keep the area clean.


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
I have very oily T-zone skin...I get really bad whiteheads on my chin, probably from my cell phone. Other than that, I don't break out a whole lot. I do get fairly shiny though.
emalove emalove 9 years
I have fairly normal skin...I'd actually say it's normal to dry. I don't really get oily in the T-zone. And if I break out, it's usually on my chin.
artfashionmusic7 artfashionmusic7 10 years
T_T it sux..IT JUST SUX!!
potterlove potterlove 10 years
Bad, bad hands!!! I hate getting breakouts near my brows, or heaven forbid, BETWEEN my brows!!! Ahhh!
Hibalicious Hibalicious 10 years
Hey Bella, I have a question about oily skin though. See I have like oily or combination skin... I'm not sure. And every night, before I sleep, I cleanse my face and then I put vaseline (petroleum jelly) on my face as a moisturizer, eye cream, and lip balm. So I just realized that maybe that's the cause of the oiliness or that maybe that's making my oily skin even worse. I just really need to know! So please help!
yvette yvette 10 years
I have combination senistive dry skin, with an oily T-Zone. The products I use... :)
fashionvictim85 fashionvictim85 10 years
sexyeyes - same to me. i wish my skin wouldn't be shiny all the time, i hate it!
sexyeyes sexyeyes 10 years
I rarely get pimples but my face does get oily whenever is humid and moggy out... :rant:
lady-T lady-T 10 years
iloveshaki - i totally get those..i have one at the moment on my chin!!its finally going down but was huge this week and it really hurt!
Princess-Rebecca Princess-Rebecca 10 years
Ohh so it's mu hands their fault! ;) i'll try it!
iloveshaki iloveshaki 10 years
i hate pimples!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! especially the boulders that grow on your chin under the skin, anyone get them?
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
Yeah! I put my hands all over my face and then wonder why I get clogged pores. Grr.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 10 years
See? This is why I'm bad at being a girl! I can't keep my hands away from my face. This is my worst habit too! I'm the queen of breakouts too. BOO!
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