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I used to have just acne, which after going to a dermatologist and trying multiple products I have finally (well, almost) gotten it under control. But recently my skin has become extremely oily, and it has never been like this before. I have tried using toners to help with oily skin (Burt's Bees), the Oil Control thing from Proactive, and some St. Ives scrub for oily skin and black heads. The Oil Control from Proactive helps for maybe an hour, but after that the oil just starts to build up. The only thing that has stopped the oil production for the longest time is Retin-A, which I originally used for acne. But after about two hours, sometimes less, my face becomes oily.

Furthermore, I wash my face at night using the St. Ives scrub, maybe putting on the toner and then a topical acne cream. Then in the morning I get a shower and use the St. Ives scrub, so my face should not be dirty. I have pretty large pores and I really hate them.

Some acne medication I have used: Retin A, Duac, Clearasil pads, Proactive, Benzaclin, Differin, and probably some oral medications. Also, I bought Vitamin B2 and B5 because I read that they help with acne and oily skin, but I have not seen results.

I'm thinking of using the Benzaclin because that is the most drying, but it used to be too drying causing a white residue to be left on my face. But maybe now that I have more oil production it won't leave a residue.

The reason I'm coming here is because a new semester is starting, and I had/have a thing with this great girl and I'd rather her not see me with oily skin. I lost her last year, and now she's in my math class again and is newly single so I'd like to not lose her again.

Anyway, what should be done about this oily skin (which is only on my face)?

Thanks so much if you help me. I will let you know if anything you say helps.
 

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do some 30% salicylic acid peels, then try to get the salicylic acid 5% toner -http://www.skincarecentral.biz/sal-acid-5per-4oz.html, use OIL BLOTTING SHEETS to get all the oil out, its sold at CVS, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, anywhere, these are sheets that instantly absorb oil.



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Hi and welcome Logan, I had bad acnee and what helped me was (at home) dermabrassions. I was doing it for my wrinkles but noticed it was working on my acne. It really digs the stuff out of my pores as well as sheds the dead skin cells that block pores and thus cause acne. The blotting papers are a great idea as well. Good luck I hope this helps . Oh, yeah good luck with the girl too!!!!!!!!!
 

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The problem here is with what you are using to clean your face. If you're using the heavily advertised brands you won't be satisfied. They are usually chemical based and extremely irritating. They can cause the skin to flake and the synthetic chemicals could well be toxic.

Alcohol is another ingredient that needs to be avoided. Use an organic soap with a natural lotion. Don't wash in tap water if possible as water with a high concentration of minerals is the best choice. I would definitely only use natural oily skincare products. These are not petroleum based and that is especially important for people with oily skin. They generally contain herbal oils that are easy for the skin to absorb and result in natural moisturizing.

Most oily skin is likely to have acne or other type of breakouts. This is usually due to larger that normal skin pores. The idea here is to keep the pores from being clogged and resulting in blemishes. Too much oil on the skin will attract dirt and retain it. It's ok to use a moisturizer but again not the petroleum based item. Your choice must be oil, wax and lipid free. Oily skin care should include a foaming type of wash. This is the best choice for oily skin, and acne.
 

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Hi there! This might sound a bit girly...but I think it will help alot.

Mattifying face primers are a fantastic way to have less oily skin. L'Oreal makes a great one that's a clear gel. You just put it where your oily spots are and it keeps your face matte for most of the day! I'm using it right now and it's amazing ! It'll be invisable and no one will ever notice! G'luck! xx
 

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I suffered from oily skin that broke out for years! And it may sound girly but the thing that made the MOST difference (aside from diet and lifestyle) was facial steams. Seriously, I would do a steam once a week or so and follow with a clay mask and scrub and it really helped. Start with a clay mask every week or so and see if that helps. Also remember that oily skin is confused dry skin so don't be afraid to moisturize.
For more info check out www.nutriwisdom article on clear complexion.
 

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Hi there! This might sound a bit girly...but I think it will help alot.

Mattifying face primers are a fantastic way to have less oily skin. L'Oreal makes a great one that's a clear gel. You just put it where your oily spots are and it keeps your face matte for most of the day! I'm using it right now and it's amazing ! It'll be invisable and no one will ever notice! G'luck! xx
Hi Skincare,

I suffer from extremely oily skin too. Can you please let me have the name of the l'oreal mattifying gel you use as primer?

Thanks in advance.
 
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