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My skin on and around my nose, on my cheek bones, and on my forehead is pretty oily. Because of this I have blackheads all over my nose and on the skin right by the sides of my nose - not sure what that area is called. My forehead is clear but still pretty oily. Most days I simply put my face under the hot water in the shower and rub my skin vigorously - no soap or anything - until my skin feels smooth.

In addition, once a week or so I use St. Ives' apricot scrub and it works great to get rid of the blackheads and clean things up, but afterward it feels like my skin is almost oilier than it was before I washed my face. I'm not sure if this is because my skin is compensating for being stripped of its oils by producing extra oil, or if it's because it's not getting caught up in my pores by dirt and stuff so it just collects on the surface of my skin. Or if maybe it's just my imagination.

If anyone could help me out with some advice, I'd appreciate it. I just want to keep my skin clean and relatively blackhead-free.
 

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You hit the nail on the head... Oily skin is usually the most abused type of skin. It is very common for people to overcleanse their skin and use harsh sopas to try and control the oil. What this actually does is make the skin produce more oil to try and bring the skin back into balance. Everyone has skin care challenges- even if you are a guy!
Only cleanse the skin twice daily so that the oil glands are not over stimulated. What kind of cleanser do you use when you wash your face? Do you use a Toner or moisturizer?
As far as the Apricot scrub goes- you should use an exfoliating product, but the one you are using may have harsh ingredients, the natural based products are the way to go. I know of a really good cleanser that you can actually shave with too and a scrub for men that will clear out the dead skin cells, debris, and oils that are blocking your pores and causing the blackheads. Let me know if you want to know more.

Have a great day!
 

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I have oily skin too. Every skin care product I have tried left my skin dried out and then I had to moisturize, which just made my skin more shiny and broken out. I recently started using Arbonne's FC5 line for oily skin and their Acne pills and I have seen a big improvement. Most of all my skin is not dried out and their day cream for oily skin is moisturizing and mattifying so I don't get dry or shiny and it has sunscreen. I think 30, but I could be wrong. The wash also has a toner so it is 2 steps in one!
 

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It's likely that the product is actually too strong for your skin. Your skin will 'defend' itself by going into over-drive on the oil production if products that are too strong are used.

Take a look at this article on managing oily skin. Hope this will provide you with some insight.

Good Luck
 

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I have oily skin too. Every skin care product I have tried left my skin dried out and then I had to moisturize, which just made my skin more shiny and broken out. I recently started using Arbonne's FC5 line for oily skin and their Acne pills and I have seen a big improvement. Most of all my skin is not dried out and their day cream for oily skin is moisturizing and mattifying so I don't get dry or shiny and it has sunscreen. I think 30, but I could be wrong. The wash also has a toner so it is 2 steps in one!
Here, I am new in here. My name is Hanie. I would like to share with you that I had before oil skin on my face. My wife is Asia. My wife knew how to do She just rolled (3x)eggs all the face neck to head Morning and Night weeks . I then see the result different no more oily skin on my face. I feel good about it. If you want to know more about it just stop in contract me. If interested. Thank you very much.
 
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