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.