Post # 1
My skin is combo/oily, and has been breaking out a LOT lately 🙁 I can’t get to a dermatologist (the earliest appointment any around me have is in January!) so I need some suggestions.
What are your routines? What over the counter products do you use? I just want my skin to be clear, smooth, and have an even tone! Right now it’s oily on my forehead/chin/nose, I have some breakouts and blackheads (ugh) and my cheeks are dry 🙁
Post # 3
I’ve found Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel-Cream to be really effective for my oily skin. It moisturizes the odd dry patch that I get without making my oily patches feel greasy at all.
I also love face scrubs that contain salycilic acid. I find my skin tends to stay clearer when I’m using these regularly. Make sure you use cold water to wash your face.
Another thing I find really helps my skin is to once in a while (like once a week) make a paste out of baking soda and a little bit of water. Spread it onto your damp face like a mask and let it sit for 20-30 mins. My face always feels tight (in a good way) afterwards and it really helps with the redness from the breakouts.
ETA: I know it’s a bit of a ways away, but my dermatologist prescribed Retin-A Micro for me, and it made a world of difference. Far more than anything else I’ve ever tried.
Post # 4
I have adult onset acne and agree that Retin A is supposed to be fantastic! I just started so I’m in the purging phase, so we will see when this all clears up but I can definitely tell everything is just coming out of my pores (as gross as that is).
As for my routine:
Take make up off with coco oil and water
Hydrate with castor oil, vitamin E
Wash with Kate Somerville daily detox (with a pore cleansing clarisonic if I’m not using Retin A that night)
Moisturize with Aloe Almond cream from Earth Science Naturals
Every two days I’d exfloiate with ExfoliKate from Kate Somerville
Good Luck! Face battles are awful!
Post # 5
I use Aveeno Positively Radiant moisturizer w/ spf during the day and Aveeno Clear Complexion moisturizer at night. Neutrogena’s deep clean cleanser works really well for me, too. And I occasionally use a facial mask (Queen Helene Mint Julep masque) to refine tone and cut back on oil.
Post # 6
I use Cetaphil in the morning and at night. Also in the morning I use St. Ives Apracot Scrub.
This has been working for me, I have dry/oily skin and get a lot of breakouts. It’s my go to combo.
Post # 7
Make sure what ever product you use is on your face for at least 60 seconds! It needs time to work properly! Also, if you can afford it, invest in a Clairasonic or use a wash cloth or a face brush- much better than your hands!
Post # 8
I use my clarisonic every other night in the shower with the Fresh facial scrub. On the off nights I use the Bliss scrub without the Clarisonic.
Moisterize with Rachel K’s CC Cream.
In the morning I wash my face with water and a drop of dr. bronners, and reapply CC cream.
Post # 9
I think the best advice would be to make sure you are not letting your skin dry out. i know with oily skin it SEEMS like you want to be washing off all that moisture, but if you do that your skin will overcompenate and produce MORE oil. Using a light moisturizer will help, such as the clean and clear dual action one. That with a gentle cleanser like cetaphil should help!
Post # 10
@cb336: I tried that a few years ago and it made my face CRAZY! My face peeled like nobody’s business and it was red and very irritated for the month I was on it. Does it not do that to you?
ETA: “That” meaning Retin A Micro, sorry!
Post # 11
I use Tazorac – it’s a synthetic retinoid.
I’ve been changing up my routine quite a bit. I’ve recently used Shiseido’s Pureness line and I like it a lot. This is what I’m changing it to (product by product):
Purpose Skin Cleanser (AM & PM)
Shiseido Urban Environment Sunscreen (35 SPF, AM only – it’s the only sunscreen I’ve found that doesn’t sting!)
Dickenson’s Witch Hazel toner (AM & PM unless I forget)
CereVe Lotion (AM & PM)
Tazorac (PM – I mix a pea-sized dollop with the Cetaphil before rubbing it in)
St. Ives Green Tea scrub in the shower, I try to scrub for at least 60 seconds
Brazened Honey Mask from Lush! once a week
Whatever you decide to use, try to commit to it for at least six weeks. That’s how long it takes for your skin to turn over, so you can’t really tell if something is working until then.
Post # 12
@cb336: I started using the baking soda paste a couple of weeks ago. I use it every other night and have only had 2 pimples since I started using it!!! My skin is so much better now! It is the most effective thing I have ever used on my skin and by far the least expensive.
Post # 13
@MissLacy: The first little while of being on it is miserable. Your face will be red and painful and will sting and will have more breakouts than before. This is because all the crap that is deep down in your skin is being pushed out to the surface. If you stick it out and get past that phase, the results are definitely worth it, at least for me. I found it easier to start out using it every other day and gradually build up to using it daily. It also helped to wash and moisturize around dinner time, and then apply the Retin-A at bedtime. I don’t know why, but it’s easier on my skin that way than if I apply it immediately after washing. And never use more than a pea-sized amount for your whole face.
Post # 14
@PrincessConsuelaBananaHammock: I was shocked by how well this works, considering how simple it is, but it really does wonders.
Post # 15
Retin-A is a miracle and I swear by it. I use it at night (should never wear during the day due to sun sensitivity) and it has changed my skin drastically.
I started off using the lower potency cream and eventually moved up to the higher potency cream and now I use the gel. It takes a while for your skin to get used to it and there definitely is a difficult phase when your skin will be rough and irritated but it WILL pass. It took about six months total for my skin to become adjusted and for my overall complexion to change.
Post # 16
I like the dermalogica products. But I stopped using the, due to expense. I am definitely going to try the baking soda paste. I don’t think I have the patience to live through a purging phase.