(Closed) Calling women with combination/oily skin!

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

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
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
2006 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@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
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@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
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@PrincessConsuelaBananaHammock:  I was shocked by how well this works, considering how simple it is, but it really does wonders.

Post # 15
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper



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
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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.

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