How to Get Rid of T-Zone Pimples

Pimples on your face's T zone can be hard to manage, because the forehead, nose and chin can be oily at the same time the area around the mouth and cheeks are dry and flaky. The T zone is prone to pimples and blackheads because there are more oil-producing glands in those areas, according to TeensHealth. Although pimples in the T zone can be frustrating, you can control them with patience and proper care.

Young woman looking at her face in a mirror. (Image: Photick/Ale Ventura/Photick/Getty Images)

Step 1

Wash your face with warm water and a mild cleanser twice a day, in the morning and at night. Massage the cleanser into your face without scrubbing. Rinse thoroughly with warm water; cleanser remaining on the skin can clog the pores, causing pimples and blackheads.

Step 2

Saturate a cotton ball with a toner containing salicylic acid, recommends "Seventeen." Smooth the toner over your T zone. Alternatively, apply an over-the-counter skin care product containing benzoyl peroxide, which will dry oily T zone areas and decrease bacteria that can cause pimples and blackheads.

Step 3

Smooth an oil-free moisturizer over any dry areas on your face after toning. Use a moisturizer marked "noncomodogenic," which won't clog the pores.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild cleanser

  • Cotton balls

  • Toner containing salicylic acid or skin care product containing benzoyl peroxide

  • Oil-free moisturizer


Keep your hands away from your face, because oil and bacteria on your hands can spread bacteria to your face. Always wash your hands before applying make-up or moisturizer.

Wash your hair regularly. The oil in your hair can make T-zone pimples worse.


Don't be tempted to pop the pimples in your T-zone. Popping the pimples can irritate the skin. It can push infected matter deeper into the pores, and can leave scars.

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