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Oily T-Zone/Excess Oil

Why do I have an oily T-zone or excess oil?

You don't need to have a genetically oily skin type to experience excess oil. The truth is, anyone can experience an overproduction of oil, an oily T-zone, or shiny skin – leading to clogged pores, breakouts and congestion. 

There are many causes of excess oil – which can often be a protective response when the skin senses injury or a lack of oil. 

Why do I have an oily T-zone or excess oil?

Stress

When your body is stressed, it produces more androgen hormones, which trigger your body to produce more oil.

Stress

Medication

Hormonal birth control or hormone replacements can increase oil production, while non-hormonal medication can cause dehydration and trigger the overproduction of oil.

Medication

Hormones

Along with medicinal hormonal changes, natural hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and menopause can cause your skin to overproduce oil.

Hormones

Using the Wrong Products

At the first sign of shine or oil, many jump to the conclusion that they have Oily skin, when they might just be Combination. As a result, they use a cleanser that over-strips the oils from their skin, causing them to produce more oil. In order to know which products are right for your skin, you must know your skin type.

Using the Wrong Products

Seasonal Changes

During the transitional seasons like spring and fall, drastic changes in weather can throw your skin’s oil production for a loop. For instance, the rise in heat and humidity in spring can increase oil production while the decrease in heat and humidity in fall can dehydrate skin, forcing it over-produce oil to compensate for what’s missing.

Seasonal Changes

Product Overuse

Over-using any product can trigger a response from the skin in the form of oil production. Over-exfoliating, over-cleansing, or exfoliating too hard can trigger an injury response from the skin that causes oil production in order to replenish the hydrolipidic barrier that has been compromised.

Product Overuse

Sun Tanning

In case you needed one more reason to lay off the tanning bed and stay out of the sun, here it is! Tanning might initially dry the skin out, but it also triggers an injury response that prompts oil over-production.

Sun Tanning

Unnecessary Skin Care Tools

No matter how many people swear by them, the latest skin-scrubbing brush, cloth, or mitt can strip skin of necessary oil and nutrients. This, again, will prompt the skin to overcompensate and produce more oil. 

Unnecessary Skin Care Tools

Treat an oily T-zone and excess oil: Mattify

Absorb excess oil and breakthrough T-zone shine with a lightweight mattifying creme. Oil Control Mattifier works from the inside and out with Chinese peony, saw palmetto and sesame seed extract, plus pore-friendly thyme to blot oil and keep surface shine at bay without stripping skin. Apply it all over, or spot-treat it only where you see excess oil. You can even apply it mid-day right over makeup.

Treat an oily T-zone and excess oil: Mattify

Treat an oily T-zone and excess oil: Cleanse

Skin that experiences excess oil and a shiny T-zone needs daily cleansing with the right cleaner for your skin type – one that removes your excess oil without stripping the skin. 

If you experience occasional excess oil, be sure to know your skin type – you may have Combination skin (just oily on the T-zone), so a cleanser like Flash Foam Cleanser is right for you. It will help rid skin of oil and shine, and keep it balanced. 

Do you have a true Oily skin type? Use Decongestant Cleanser - its lathering gel formula will remove oil, leaving skin sparkly clean and completely refreshed.  

Treat an oily T-zone and excess oil: Cleanse

Treat an oily T-zone and excess oil: Moisturize

It’s absolutely essential for all skin types to get daily moisture – especially skin that experiences excess oil. A lack of oil can trigger your skin to overproduce oil in response, so keep skin hydrated with a gel formula like Beyond Hydration. Its non-greasy formula prevents moisture loss by binding water to the skin, keeping it comfortable and refreshed all day. 

Treat an oily T-zone and excess oil: Moisturize

Treat an oily T-zone and excess oil: Use a nighttime formula

Wake up to younger look skin – and control your excess oil production – with a nighttime anti-aging formula that’s designed to smooth lines and wrinkles.

Use Oil Control Sleepwear – an Overnight Age Activist specifically formulated for skin that experiences excess oil. Its calcium, retinol, peptide and vitamin E will energize and hydrate skin, so you wake up more youthful and rested, with less shine and oil.

Treat an oily T-zone and excess oil: Use a nighttime formula
  • Complete Starter Kit
    1. CLEANSE with Decongestant Cleanser: Cleanse the skin AM and PM. 2. TONE with Equalizer: Spritz on skin after cleansing. 3. EXFOLIATE with Measured Micrograins: Use one to three times a week. Apply to wet skin avoiding eye area, and gently massage. Rinse. 4. MOISTURIZE with Beyond Hydration: Apply to face and neck after every AM and Equalizer (or directly after Measured Micrograins on days when you exfoliate).
    Starter Kit for Oily Skin - get Great Skin in a Box
    $95.00
    The daily essentials for Oily skin - a $134 value with a FREE full size Measured Micrograins inside
    For skin that is: Oily/Very Oily
  • Oil Control Mattifier
    Apply a thin layer over entire face, or apply just to oily areas. Follow with a Bioelements moisturizer or sunscreen.
    Oil Control Mattifier
    $36.00
    Lightweight oil control mattifier to target breakthrough shine.
    For skin that is: Combination, Oily/Very Oily
  • Cleanser
    Apply to wet skin and massage over face. Rinse.
    Decongestant Cleanser
    $35.00
    Lathering gel washes away dirt, makeup and excess oil
    For skin that is: Oily/Very Oily
  • Cleanser
    Apply 1-2 pumps to wet skin and massage over face and neck. Rinse.
    Flash Foam Cleanser
    $34.00
    Advanced enzyme cleanser that gently exfoliates skin
    For skin that is: Combination
  • Moisturizer
    Apply to entire face and neck, day or night.
    Beyond Hydration
    $36.00
    Oil-free hydrating gel; won't clog pores or cause breakouts. Save $18 now - buy one, get one 50% off!
    For skin that is: Oily/Very Oily
  • Anti-Aging Night Creme
    Apply a small amount to face and neck every night before bedtime.
    Oil Control Sleepwear
    $62.00
    Overnight age activist creme for combination to oily skin
    For skin that is: Combination, Oily/Very Oily
  • Cleanser
    Apply to wet skin and massage over face. Rinse.
    Decongestant Cleanser, Travel Size
    $12.50
    Lathering gel washes away dirt, makeup and excess oil
    For skin that is: Oily/Very Oily