Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The “T” Area Acne Pattern

blackheads and whiteheads, also known as comedones, lodge themselves mainly on the face, shoulders, back, chest and upper arms. This is the specific part of the body that is troublesome and it is called the “T” zone.

This zone is located on the face extending from the top middle part of the forehead and across from left to right in the shape of the crossbar of the “T”. The zone continues down past the nose and onto the chin in the shape of the base of a “T”.

Reasons for the outbreaks in this area are numerous

Hands are not sterile and are constantly touching the face either with purpose or automatically. People have no idea how many times a day they touch their faces, but once aware of the condition begin to break the habit. Touching or rubbing exacerbates acne on the face and brings more outbreaks. Breaking the habit will reduce the amount of acne and flare-ups.
Stress is a factor in outbreaks and the first place you find a pimple is either on the chin or nose. The “T” zone is most sensitive and the flare-up will spread quickly throughout this area if not kept clean.

The “T” zone is where you will find most of your acne due to the amount of oil and bacteria that collects there. The contour of the face is enabling bacteria and oil to congregate in the crevices and corners around the eyes, lips, chin and corners of the nose.

Almost everyone has more than one skin type in the “T” zone.Everyone’s skin is different and in the “T” zone most people have all the skin types somewhere along the entire strip. You will find a combination of oily, dry or normal skin. Controlling acne in the zone may be cumbersome using different methods on various spots, but in order to control outbreaks a routine needs to be followed.

Basics to conquer unwanted flare-ups
Wash your face gently using plenty of warm to hot water with extra clean fingertips. Use a gentle soap such as Ivory. Be sure the soap contains no oil-based ingredients. Wash at least twice a day. If you finish your regimen with cold water, it will help shrink the pores and close anything that is open.

Pat your face with a clean towel or sterile gauze square after it is washed. Rubbing will spread any infections as well as remove any natural moisture that needs to remain on the face.
There are antibacterial cleansers and sealers available across the counter or from makeup specialists to use after washing. This activity closes the pores and protects the face, back, arms or chest from the environment.

Hydrate your skin, especially in the winter to maintain moisture and neutralize the skin types.
If you have oily skin, wipe the oil from the “T” zone daily.
Do not carry the oils from your hair onto your face by running your hands through the strands of hair and then touching your face. Germs, skin flakes and bacteria rest in your hair and can be transmitted to your sensitive acne areas.

Over the counter control treatments:

You can keep your “T” zone under control by using over the counter treatments specific to that area. Look at the ingredients on the labels containing comedogenic components.
Using products containing glycolic acid in the “T” zone at least every other night will reduce the oil and help neutralize the multiple skin types. Your doctor or dermatologist can give you more information about the “T” zone.

Article taken from http://www.acne-resource.org/acne-articles/t-area.html
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