I noticed you didn’t mention using moisturizer or SPF in your skin care. Are you moisturizing after you wash/apply the benzoyl? It is really important to moisturize, especially when you’re using a benzoyl product because those dry out the skin, which can increase oil production. It’s also important to always apply SPF as well, not only do you need to protect your skin from the sun’s rays, but also your computer and TV as well. And the sun can darken your acne scars. I would suggest using a gentle, oil-free moisturizer with SPF in it, like Cetaphil. My SIL swears by Cetaphil, she uses both the face wash and SPF moisturizer and has pretty clear skin. Fi who has combination skin uses the clean and clear essentials foaming facial cleanser for sensitive skin tropicalfish914’s sister suggested and he likes it. The next time you see your physician, you can also ask him/her for a prescription for topical gel clindamycin phosphate 1%. It’s a antibiotic lotion, and it helps clear up skin. Both Fi and I use it in combination with a benzoyl cream (I use Clean and Clear, I think Oxy products are way too harsh on the skin.) Also make sure that you are not wiping your face, because you can clog your pores that way. After washing, gently blot/pat dry with a clean towel/paper towel.
I would also suggest using oil papers to blot up the oil on your face during the day. E.L.F. has some inexpensive ones, but the ones I like best are the Clean and Clear ones. Just lay the paper on your nose and lightly press. The papers will soak up the oil, and you won’t have to sit there all day with oil accumulating on your face and your make-up sliding off.
Do drink a lot of water, to keep your skin hydrated (may also help with oil production). Yes, eating organic is nice, but you don’t have to eat organic to be eating healthier. A good way to help with cooking healthier food is to cut and prepare your meals over the weekend and then freeze them. You can cut your veggies and then freeze them into individual sized portions, then take them out when you need them. To save time on cooking during the week, I also usually try to tie them into each other so I’m not making something completely different every meal. I might make a large pot of veggie sauce, and have a healthy spaghetti with veggie sauce for one meal, and then I might add some veggie or chicken stock to the sauce and have vegetable soup with a grilled sandwich for another meal. Getting a good night of rest can also do wonders for the skin as well.
Have you ever tried eyes lips face? They have some decent make-up products for cheap prices. Not all of their stuff is great (mascara, liquid liner, and blush stick) but if you wanted to play around with different eye shadow colors, I would recommend that you try e.l.f. ^_^ One of my gf’s who is a make-up artist says that the eyeshadow palettes are pretty decent, and I like the studio and mineral shadows. They usually have good deals going on, like right now they have a 11 piece studio brush collection for $3. My first brush set was from e.l.f., and although they do shed a little, they’re pretty decent. (Don’t forget to wash your brushes after using them! If you don’t, you’ll be reapplying bacteria and oil from your face each time you use it. It is a hassle, but necessary to do if you’re going to wear make-up daily. I just use a mixture of dish soap and olive oil – the olive oil will prevent your brushes from drying out, an inexpensive tip I learned from Michelle Phan.) Another thing I like about their website is that they usually have a video on the product page that explains how to apply/use the product.
Sephora also has their own line of cosmetics, and when they go on sale, can be very affordable.. I don’t like their mega eyeshadow/lip/blush kit but some of their smaller palettes are nice and easy to use, like the pro-lesson palette. There are illustrated instructions on the back that show you how to use the product, and get the look (I have the smokey eye palette). There are a couple on sale now, usually $20 but now $9. They’re the eye color palettes so they come with 6 eyeshadow colors, and an eyeliner. Sign up for a Sephora Beauty Insider card. When you purchase something, you can get 3 free samples. They usually have a couple of skincare products along their samples and that’s what I usually get with my purchases (right now they have some nice anti-aging/skin care creams and a dark foundation). Most of what I buy from Sephora is on sale, and often I get really good deals. It’s free to get the card, and you build up points with purchases. They have different products you can redeem for certain points like 100 points for bigger samples, 250 points for other little gifts, and 500 points for a mini set of mascara, skin products, etc … And you’ll also get a free little birthday present from them. Sephora also has express free walk in beauty services. Definitely check out the events at your local store, because often the events are in collaboration with different skincare or cosmetics brand, and you’ll get free services and goodies.