Post # 1
I could really use your advice! I have been using proactiv for a year, at first it worked, but then my acne came back and so I didn’t reorder after I was finished! So now I am just washing my face with a dove beauty bar twice a day and y face is awful.
my face gets oily so quickly, it’s disgusting and my acne is painful.
If anyone can give me an idea of what products to use that would be great, I will go out an but it today!! Thanks
Post # 2
I have super oily skin too. I just switched from Cetaphil + Acne.org benzoyl peroxide gel to the Dermalogica Medibac kit and I LOVE IT. Granted, it’s only been about a week, but my breakouts have cleared up and they have a mattifier gel and oil control lotion that work wonders! I have noticed a huge reduction in my oil production (or it just conceals it better). The products are pricey, but to me it’s worth it! I got it from Ulta.
Post # 3
The one thing I learned (on the bee!) is to not wash your face too often. I used to wash my face at least 3 times a day because I felt my face was always oily and needed to be washed. Turns out, the more you strip your skin of oils, the more oil it produces. The best thing I did was to only wash my face at night and just rinse with water in the morning. Use plenty of moisturizer too. It sounds counter-productive but it definitely helps!
Post # 4
I have an oily T-zone and used Proactiv for a looong time. It kept my skin clear but I hated how dry it made me, and I would get rough patches and feel dull towards the end of the day. Plus it’s super expensive and bleaches my towels! It’s just way too harsh for skin.
I’ve switched to Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser (the foaming one), and alternate between Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner and Pixi’s Glow Tonic Toner. Both have glycolic acid which is the same as the Proactiv toner but with aloe, vitamin E and witch hazel. Then I follow up with Alba green tea and aloe moisturizer (oil free). I eventually want to switch out the Neutrogena to something cruelty-free, but this regimen seems to work really well for me. It balances out my oil without stripping my skin too much.
Post # 5
how did you determine that this what the right combo for you? was it a lot of trial and error? Because that all sounds great!!
Post # 6
I’ve always had super oily skin and used ALL THE ACNE PRODUCTS because they dried everything out. Like PP said, too much drying will make you produce more oils to counter it- found that out the hard way. I do wash my face twice a day (I break out if I don’t). In the morning I use an acne cleanser (the neutrogena grapefruit one) and in the evening I use a regular cleanser (no special salisylic acid or anything). Then when I break out I just use a spot treatment to target the break out. My skin has been a lot less oily since I stopped drying ever bit of moisture out of it.
Post # 7
Mostly! I weaned myself off by using Proactiv in the morning and Neutrogena at night so that my skin wouldn’t freak out, which happened when I tried to go cold turkey in the past. I decided on the Mario Badescu toner to keep it as close to Proactiv as possible. The Pixi toner has 3% more glycolic acid than the Mario Badescu, so it just depends on what your skin needs. And then I just looked for a gentle hypo-allergenic cleanser to counter the abuse from the Proactiv cleanser all those years. You may have to try different ones to find the right mix but I think the gentler and more natural, the better. Look for something that will maintain your moisture balance. Read lots of reviews! This works for me right now but new products are continually coming out so I’m always keeping my eyes open. Ulta is really helpful! The website and the store.
Post # 8
I’ve also stopped washing my face multiple times a day / using any kind of scrub for quite a number of years now, and I’m not sure if it’s just me growing out of the early twenties breakouts, but my skin has been quite clear with this routine:
Facial wash: Spectro Gel or Cetaphil (no fragrance) cleaners
Moisturizers: Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer (SPF 15) + Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer (with 0.5% salicylic acid)
Now that it’s getting drier outside I also carry a facial mist around.
Post # 9
Neostrata hydration infusion for oily skin! I use the one for dry skin and i have to say, its a life saver. sometimes if the skin isn’t hydrated, it heys oily to make up for the loss of hydration resulting in too much oil production = acne.
So drink lots of water, use a face wash with some salycilic acid, use a toner with NO alcohol (cause it further dries skin) and then while the toner is still damp on your face, use the moisturizer.
Wash your face twice a day and dont forget to use a gentle make up remover before you cleanse your face. a face cleanser with salycilic acid can help fight pimples, a toner will close your pores and clean out any dirt and grime and even balance the pH of your face and the moisturizer will return moisture to your face.
Give it 2 weeks, you will see improvement in your skin especially with a proper regimen.
Post # 10
DH has REALLY oily skin and uses the Teatree line from The Body Shop, he loves it.. He uses all three steps (he uses the regular face wash – not the foaming one) he also uses both the day time and night time moisturizers.
In addition to that he also keeps blotting paper with him to dab his face whenever he needs.
Post # 11
Acne is a medical problem. Go to a dermatologist. Nothing over the counter will work for acne long term. It’s all a waste of time and money.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
Neutrogena grapefruit acne wash followed by their toner. Then slather on benzoyl peroxide and a layer of moisturizer. Before this I have tried everything proactive, skin id, you name it. This has saved my skin and it’s all drugstore products.
Post # 13
I can relate as I have very oily skin, too. After I went off the birth control pill after my wedding, I had major hormonal acne. I was suggested to use a cleansing oil to wash my face. It’s ironic but a cleansing oil is actually very effective. Here’s my current regimen:
-Cleanser (once in the morning and once at night): Shu Uemera Porefinist (Anti-Shine) Fresh Cleansing Oil
-Moisturizer and serum AM: Luzern Labs “Force de Vie” Pure Oxygen Micro-Gel and “Serum Absolut Radiance”
-Moisturizer and serum PM: Luzern Labs “Force de Vie” Pure Oxygen Micro-Gel and “Serum Absolut Au Vin”
Another thing, microdermabrasion helps a lot to reduce pore size and sebum/oil secretion. It’s expensive but worth the cost.
Post # 14
I had AWFUL skin when I was younger, and now it only gets very bad if I have a bad month of hormones, otherwise it’s usually ok.
I was told form my doctor to wash my face in the morning with basic soap and warm water. Moisturize as normal, and at night I use my cleaning soap at night and use night moisturizer.
I use Cera-Ve brand for everything (Normal to Oily skin type) and have had great success. It’s at Walmart/Shoppers etc. I only use a scrub once in a while which helps.
Post # 15
This is going to sound really bad, but bar soap. Mainly the bare/natural ingredient ones. I have an oily t-zone, and all I do is wash it with bar soap and then add combination skin moisturizer before I sleep, so just once a day at night, and just water in the morning. I find it the simplest way. I have tried fancy and expensive face washes, which I love and use, but sometimes Im just feeling more quick and easy.
These things are definitely trial and error though, you have to try and see what you feel works best for you