No matter how hard you try to exfoliate or cleanse thoroughly, you may be still fighting with clogged pores along your T-zone. Pores are very complicated. Clay masks tend to remove the gunk inside the pores. However, your nose area might not be as even and smooth as other surfaces of your face.
So what can we do to fix this?
First, we need to know what exactly causes clogged pores.
Excessive oil production may rise from your hormones, diet, or physical or emotional stress. Then it gets trapped between sticky cells that have a high chance of blocking the pores.
When fighting over these clogged pores, you have to:
1. Change your diet: You are what you eat
What you eat will reflect on your skin. In preventing clogged pores, a low GI diet is recommended since sugary, starchy food tends to increase inflammation in your skin.
2. Be friendly with acid products
If you haven't already done so, you need acne-fighting acids such as salicylic acid. Beta hydroxy acids are to remove excess oil from your skin and also exfoliates dead cells that might be blocking the pores. Not to mention, BHAs also help remove dirt. If you want to take one step further, try using cleansing water as your third cleanse to remove remaining residues. Look for a low pH product; therefore, your skin doesn't get irritated or stips the skin moisture. Just ensure that you aren't over exfoliating your skin.
3. Go lightweight on T-zones
You need to avoid locking in too much moisture on your T-zone because this can clog your pores. T-zone area refers to your forehead, nose, and chin. These are areas that some highest oil concentrations can cause in glands. This explains why your cheeks may be dry while your T-zone is overwhelming oily, and this would be considered as combination skin. If your T-zone is exceptionally oily compared to other areas of your face, you may want to apply different products or layers of products in T-zone versus the rest of your face. You can just apply lightweight products on T-zone area, whereas deep moisturizer on places that are dry. However, make sure you moisturize enough on your T-zone because trying to deprive your T-zone of moisture may produce even more oil to neutralize for the lack of moisture. This will lead to a terrible cycle where your skin becomes oilier and oilier.
4. Learn to add and subtract
Like mentioned above, if your T-zone is too oily, but the other parts are arid, you can add another layer to those dry areas. Usually, I put another layer in my dry areas to offer extra moisture. I skip my T-zone while I apply rich products, and then when it comes to moisturizer, I start off moisturizing my cheeks and neck first. The leftover moisturizer on my hands will get applied on my T-zone, allowing just an enough of moisture.